10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open kicks off with traditional Nine-Pin No-Tap Tournament


    2012 European Bowling Tour #16

    75 players compete for 17 of the coveted qualifying spots in the nearly sold-out tournament; all other players were consoled by a bottle of Austrian wine

    2012VOLogo.jpg  The 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open got underway Monday evening, Oct. 1st with a 9-Pin No-Top tournament at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The event, which traditionally kicks off the five-day qualifying portion of the European Bowling Tour "Gold" tournament, drew 75 players (pictured right, click image to enlarge).

    As usual all participants were divided in four different average groups (must have an official average of less than 200):
    Group A (average 190 - 199.9) - 18 players
    Group B (average 180 - 189.9) - 22 players
    Group C (average 170 - 179.9) - 16 players
    Group D (under 170 average) - 19 players

      Each player bowled five games in which every nine-count on the first ball counted as a strike. 1 out of 4 from each group or a total of 17 players (pictured, click image to enlarge) received a free entry for the main event.

    All other players could choose from a wide range of white or red wine and typical Austrian liquor sponsored by Vienna Open tournament director Wolfgang Lohschmid (pictured, click image to enlarge), a wine merchant, who owns his own vinotheque and wine lounge called "in Vino" in Korneuburg, in the outskirts of Vienna.

    Austrian bowlers won all four squads. Tamara Adler led Group A with 1113, Group B's Walter Gruellenberger had the field-best 1120 series, Isabella Rohrhofer beat Peter Rohrhofer by three pins, 1025 to 1022, to win Group C and Karl MĂĽller finished atop Group D with 1019.

    2012VOLogo.jpg The 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 16th stop of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and the last of four EBT "Gold" tournaments (the second-highest category) this season. Players will compete for an increased total prize fund of 75.130 Euro (approx. $100,000) - 64.900 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event.

    The singles champion will receive the 7.000 € top prize, the runner-up earns 5.000 and the third and fourth-place finishers get 3.500 and 2.500 Euro, respectively. The doubles champions will split 1.600 €.

    The 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open will also award a PBA Tour title if won by a PBA member or a PBA international member.

    As of Monday evening, Oct. 1st, 304 players - 250 men and 54 women - from 29 countries, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States, and the host country Austria, have registered through ViennaOpen.com.

    One of the most popular tournaments on the Tour, the VO is almost sold out with currently 17 doubles spots available. Only five qualifying squads (5, 10-12, and 15) are fully booked. Nine squads (1-4, 6, 8, 9, 14 and 17) offer only one empty spot each. Squads 7 and 16 offer two spots each. The most spots - four - are available in Squad 13 on Friday night.

    Please note: There are still individual spots available in almost every squad as several players still not have found a doubles partner yet.

    Players looking for an empty spot as well as players looking for a doubles partner must show up 90 minutes prior to a squad at the registration desk or contact tournament director Wolfgang Lohschmid at [email protected].

    Short Cuts:

    Online Registration
    Qualifying Squads
    Prize Fund
    For all other information click on the Vienna Open logo on the right menu bar or go to ViennaOpen.com

    The qualifying of the Vienna Open is traditionally contested as a Doubles tournament with separate prize money. Each duo rolls at least one six-game block. Unlimited re-entries - with the same or with different partners - are possible but each player can only cash once with the same partner.

    Qualifying runs from Tuesday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 6 with the final Squad 17 starting at 8 p.m. local time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour

    A total of 64 players will qualify for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 7:
    • the top 52 players from the overall qualifying standings
    • the first player each from Squad 1-6, who is not among the top 52 (total 6 players)
    • and the top 6 from the Desperado Squad.

    The top 8 qualifying leaders will bypass the first round of the finals. The other 56 players will bowl six games starting from scratch to cut to the top 22, who will join the top qualifiers in Round Two.

    Those 30 players will bowl another six games starting from scratch after which the field will be trimmed to the top 18, who will carry the pinfall forward into Round Three. After another six-game block the top 4 players with the highest 12-game total will advance to the stepladder finals.

    The No. 4 seed meets the No. 3 in the opening match and the winner takes on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title, 150 ranking points and the 7.000 Euro top prize.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif For the 10th year in a row, Bowlingdigital will cover the Columbia 300 Vienna Open live from Plus Bowling in Vienna with stories and results after each round including live streaming, high definition videos and high quality photos.

    Live coverage commences Oct. 1 with the no-tap tournament, which traditionally kicks off the tournament on Monday evening. Live streaming of the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open will go online Friday morning, Oct. 5, during qualifying squad 10 and will continue for the rest of the qualifying and all rounds of the finals.

    Bowling fans around the world will be able to watch the stepladder finals on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. CEST (11.00 a.m. EDT; 11.00 p.m. Hong Kong Time) live on Bowlingdigital TV. The award ceremonies are scheduled for 6.00 p.m. CET.

    The live streaming coverage is a partnership between the Austrian Bowling Federation, Plus Bowling, Columbia 300 and Bowlingdigital.com.

    2012EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 19 events in 16 countries including two Platinum, four Gold, six Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the Vienna Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the sixth EBT Masters in Bratislava, Slovakia in Sept. 2013.

    2012 European Bowling Tour Rankings
    EBT Women's Ranking
    EBT Men's Ranking

    WBTLogo_small.jpgThe 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is also the 11th and penultimate event of the 2012 World Bowling Tour organized by the World Tenpin Bowling Association.

    The 2012 WBT consists of 12 tournaments in America, Asia, Europe and Australia - five in the United States and one each in Australia, Austria, Finland, France, Japan, Kuwait and Thailand.

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points earned in 2011 are added to points earned in 2012 to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women will be invited to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the Professional Bowlers Association to kick off the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling featuring total prize fund of $70,000.

    2011WTBALogo_small.jpg World Bowling Tour Rankings
    WBT Women's Ranking
    WBT Men's Ranking

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 115 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.


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    10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open - 9-pin No-Tap Tournament

    Each winner (1:4 ratio) receives a free entry for the qualifying of the 9th Columbia 300 Vienna Open 2011.