No changes atop the leaderboard in Squad 9 at 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open


    2012 EBT #16 / 2012 WBT #11

    England's Stuart Williams holds a 144-pin lead heading into the penultimate qualifying day; Squad 9 leader Carsten Warming Hansen moves into 35th place; Thomas and Ivonne Gross were the best doubles with 2500 (24th place); cut for 52nd place is 1244 (207.33 average)

    2012EBT16StuartWilliams.jpg2012EBT09CarstenWarmingHansen.jpgStuart Williams (pictured left) of England (pictured) remained unchallenged in the ninth squad Friday night and leads a field of 247 players from 25 countries into the penultimate qualifying day at the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.

    Squad 9 leader Carsten Warming Hansen (right) totaled 1287 to move into 35th place. After slow start, Hansen closed out his series with 244, 210 and 238. Opposite to the first six qualifying squads, the winners of squads 9-17 are not automatically qualified for the finals.

    2012EBT04TomHessPaulMoor2.jpg2011BWCPatrickBohm.jpgThree-time European Bowling Tour point ranking champion Paul Moor (left) of England was just one pin behind the Dane with 1286 to move into 36th place overall. Patrick Bohm (right) of Sweden was next with 1282, good for 38th place.

    His fellow countrywoman Jenny Wegner slipped to the 52nd and last place to qualify fort he finals with 1244 and an average of 207.33 including handicap.

    Williams and Dennis Eklund of Sweden continued to lead in Doubles with 2790. Thomas and Ivonne Gross (below right) were the best doubles in Squad 9 with 2500 to sit in 24th place. Only the top 20 Doubles will cash.

    2012EBT06ThomasIvonneGross.jpgQualifying continues on Friday with Squads 10-13 scheduled for 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CEST.

    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.

    The tournament will be contested on 39 ft. oil pattern with 27.1 ml volume oil total (Kegel LaneMap™ Guide Plus Bowling Vienna).

    The qualifying of the Vienna Open is traditionally contested as a Doubles tournamentwhich 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.


    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 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, Austrian Bowling Federation, Plus Bowling, Columbia 300 and Ottakringer, the official beer of the Vienna Open.


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    2012 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 9/17

    Squad 9 Results



    2012 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 9/17

    Squad 9 Results