Vienna Open

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/27/07

Eklund beats Alix to win the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open and the 7.000 Euro top prize

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18DennisEklund_small.jpg Swedish national team member Dennis Eklund defeated Yoan Alix, France, 235-199, to win the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, the 7.000 Euro top prize and 100 ranking points. Alix was consoled with 4.000 Euro for his runner-up finish. Eklund advanced to the title match with a huge 248-216 victory over American Mark Siders. Alix won a close match against Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 219-211. Mortensen and Siders pocketed 2.500 Euro for third and fourth place respectively.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/21/07

Hulsch leads Final Round 1 in 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18TinaHulsch2_small.jpg Tina Hulsch (left), Germany, led the first round of the finals in the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with 1448 six-game total en route to lead the top 24 into the single-elimination best-of-three finals. The top 24 will be seeded 9th through 32nd and meet the top 8 qualifiers, who earned one bye, in the Round of 32. Qualifying leader Robert Andersson meets #32 Marcus Berndt, both Sweden. No. 2 Stuart Williams, England bowls Vincent Cayez, France, and No. 3 Petteri Salonen, Finland takes on Mai Ginge-Jensen, Denmark.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/21/07

Andersson rolls 300 to win high scoring qualifying in 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Williams/Hulsch earn the title in the doubles competition

2007EBT17RobertAndersson2_small.jpg Robert Andersson (left) from Sweden waited until the last squad to win one of the highest scoring qualifying in the history of the European Bowling Tour at the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. Andersson started the 14th and final squad with the tournament's fourth 300-game en route to beat the previous high score set by Stuart Williams, England and Petteri Salonen, Finland, both 1547, by one pin. Williams and Tina Hulsch from Germany won the Doubles competition with 2904 six-game total to split the 1.600 Euro top prize (approx. US$2,270).  A total of 68 players from the qualifying advanced to the finals starting on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 8am.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/21/07

Williams shoots another 300 game and takes the lead in Vienna Open qualifying

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18StuartWilliams2_small.jpg World Ranking Masters champion Stuart Williams from England rolled his second 300 game in the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open and the 35th of his career en route to overtake the lead in the qualifying Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Williams, who shot a 1507 six-game series including a 300 game in squad 12, fired games of 259, 225, 300 , 224, 280 and 259 to tie previous leader Petteri Salonen, Finland, with 1547, a 257.83 average. Williams dethroned Salonen due the higher last game, 259-236.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/21/07

Williams uses perfection to move into second place in Singles and to overtake the lead in Doubles in Vienna

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18StuartWilliams_small.jpg 2007EBT18TinaHulsch2_small.jpg Stuart Williams (l.), England, rolled second 300-game of the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Squad 12 en route to move into second place in Singles and to overtake the lead in Doubles with Tina Hulsch (r.), Germany. The reigning World Ranking Masters champion became the second player who cracked 1500-bar in the tournament, with 1507 six-game total. Hulsch added 1397 for a 2904 team total. Petteri Salonen, Finland, continued to lead the singles qualifying with 1547 and an average of 257.83.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/20/07

Maragkos cracks top 8 in qualifying at the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18LeonidasMaragkos2_small.jpg Leonidas Maragkos from Greece came out of the gates quickly in the early morning squad on Saturday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria en route to crack the top 8 in the qualifying of the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. The Greek national team member, currently the No. 10 in the EBT rankings, came out of the gates fast, rolling a 279 game. He added a pair of 240 and a pair of 220s before he closed out his six-game series with a 195 game to tie Squad 4 leader Mike Machnig, Germany, at 1417. Due to Machnig's higher last game (235), Maragkos overtook the 8th place, the last spot to earn one bye for the finals.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/20/07

Lotthe leads Squad 10 in Singles and Doubles at 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT17XavierLotthe_small.jpg Xavier Lotthe from France rolled the sole 1400-series in the fourth squad on Friday evening, 10th squad overall, to lead the squad in singles and doubles in the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. Lotthe had five games over 200 including a 279 in game two, but a 188 in game five cost him a better position. He finished with 1413 six-game total, an average of 235.50, to overtake the 8th place of 290 players - thus far.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/20/07

Eklund, Börner add their names to the leaderboard in Vienna

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18DennisEklund_small.jpg 2007EBT18FrankBorner_small.jpg Dennis Eklund (l.), Sweden, and Frank Börner (r.), Germany, led the 8th of 14 qualifying squads in the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, en route to move into second and fourth place in the overall qualifying standings. Eklund felled 1448 pins over six games and Börner was close behind with 1429. With 243 players - 191 men and 52 women - in the books, Petteri Salonen, Finland, continued to lead the field in Singles with 1547 pinfall total and in Doubles with Sami Konsteri with 2886.


2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/19/07

Salonen powers his way into the lead in Singles and Doubles in Vienna

Shoots first 300 game of the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

2007EBT18PetteriSalonen2_small.jpg Multiple European champion Petteri Salonen rolled the first 300 game of the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in the second game of Squad 7 Friday morning en route to power his way into the lead in the Singles and Doubles competition. The long-time Finnish national team member started his six-game series with a 218 (low) game and the 300 and closed out the set with 246, 268, 279 and 236 for an outstanding 1547 pinfall total, an average of 257.83, the highest qualifying series ever in the history of the Vienna Open.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/19/07

Gross becomes first woman to crack the 1400-bar; leads squad 6 to move into third place in Vienna

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18IvonneGross2_small.jpg Ivonne Gross set the pace in the third qualifying squad on Thursday, the sixth overall, en route to move into third place in the overall standings in the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. The Austrian national team member had three games over 240 and has not posted a game below 203 to win the squad with 1407 pinfall total including 48 pins handicap. Frank Börner, Germany, had the highest scratch total with 1382, an average of 230.33, to overtake the sixth place. Börner and his team mate Hans Nitsch were the best doubles of squad 6 with 2679 six-game total, good for fourth place overall.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/19/07

Barrett takes over pole position in Vienna; four players from Squad 5 crack the top 8

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18DominicBarrett_small.jpg English national team member Dominic Barrett (left) posted a 1425 six-game series in Squad 5 en route to overtake the pole position in the qualifying of the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. Barrett started with a 200-game, then averaged 245.00 for the last five games when he added 234, 258, 223, 266 and 244 to beat out Squad 4 leader Mike Machnig, Germany, for the lead by 8 pins. Machnig (1417) and Gal Shemer (1387), Israel, slipped to second and third place, respectively. Shemer and Christian Provaznik, Austria, held on to the lead in the Doubles event with 2743 six-game total and an average of 228.58.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/18/07

Machnig cracks 1400-bar to take the lead in 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18MikeMachnig3_small.jpg Mike Machnig (left), Germany, became the first player in the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, who cracked the 1400-bar, when he rolled a 1417 six-game series, a 236,17 average, Thursday in the fourth squad to move into the lead in the qualifying for the main event. Machnig started out with 226, 225 and 257 (708) and then missed a 237 triplicate by two pins as he finished with 237, 237 and 235. Gal Shemer of Israel was second with 1387 and overtook previous leader Asgeir Thordarson, Iceland, by 13 pins. Thordarson slipped to third with 1374.


2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/18/07

Thordarson leads Vienna Open after Day One; Gross wins Squad 3 and overtakes lead in Doubles with his wife Ivonne

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18ThomasGross_small.jpg 2007EBT18AsgeirThordarson_small.jpg Asgeir Thordarson (left), Iceland, was the best of 112 players on the first day of qualifying in the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Thordarson led Squad 1 a 1374 six-game series and an average of 229.00. Thordarson as well as Squad 2 leader Walter Gonaus (5th, 1321) and Thomas Gross (3rd, 1337), right, both of Austria, are automatically qualified fort he finals on Sunday, Oct. 21.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/18/07

Gonaus wins Squad 2 to move into third place in Vienna Open qualifying

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18WalterGonaus_small.jpgFormer Austrian international Walter Gonaus (l.) averaged 220.17 over six games to win the second qualifying squad of the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with 1321 pinfall total. Gonaus, who had high games of 246 and 234 and a low game of 194, moved into third place in the overall qualifying standings. Squad 1 leader Asgeir Thordarson, Iceland, continued to lead with 1374. Both players have already secured a spot for Sunday's finals as the six leaders of squads 1-6 will advance to the finals if they do not finish among the top 56.

2007 European Bowling Tour #18

10/17/07

Thordarson takes the early lead in 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007EBT18AsgeirThordarson_small.jpg Asgeir Thordarson (l.) from Iceland rolled games of 181, 275, 236, 238, 219 and 225 to take the early lead in the Singles qualifying in the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with 1374 six-game total and an average of 229.00. Austria's Robert Skach was second with 1362 and overtook the lead in Doubles with team mate Richard Klug, who added 1213 for 2575 pinfall total or an average of 214.55.

Live Coverage

10/17/07

Vienna Open sold out, online registration closed, waiting lists open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (October 16-21, 2007)

2007ViennaOpenLogo2.jpg Vienna Open tournament director Wolfgang Lohschmid has informed us that all 420 qualifying spots in the 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open are booked. "The tournament is sold out," Lohschmid stated. "We have closed the online registration but the waiting lists are still open. All those who have waited too long to register can email us at [email protected]" The VO will be held from October 16-21 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Latest News: The tournament started on Tuesday evening with a 9-Pin No Tap tournament. 48 players in four average groups battled it out for 11 qualifying spots (one out of four won).

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