Stuart Williams wins qualifying at 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

    10/07/12

    2012 EBT #16 / 2012 WBT #11

    Cut for 52nd place is 1309 (218.17 average)

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    2012EBT16BirgitPoppler.jpgStuart Williams (pictured left) of England remained unchallenged in the 17th and last squad en route to win the qualifying in the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Williams was the lone player in the 303 player field who surpassed the 1500 mark with 1544 total and an average of 257.33.

    Birgit Pöppler (right) of Germany was the best of 55 women in second place with 1466 including 248 handicap and the only 300 game of the tournament so far. Third place belonged to 13-time PBA champion Tommy Jones, United States, with 1456.

    2012EBT16AndresComez.jpg2012EBT16JolinePerssonPlanefors2.jpgJoonas Jähi of Finland was fourth with 1411 and was followed by Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, in fifth place with 1362 and Dan MacLelland of Canada in sixth place at 1400. Team USA's Liz Johnson was seventh with 1398 and Or Aviram of Israel took the eighth and last place to earn one bye with 1396.

    Andres Gomez (left) of Colombia and Joline Persson-Planefors (right)  of Sweden were the only players of the last qualifying squad, who survived the first cut. Gomez, who won his first PBA title last season in the PBA World Series of Bowling, led the squad with 1333 including high games of 247 and 253 to finish qualifying in 32nd place.

    Two-time European Champion Persson-Planefors, who led the European Bowling Tour women's ranking in 2011, closed out her series with 245 to help grab 37th place with 1322 including 48 pins handicap.

    2012EBT16StuartWilliamsTommyJones.jpg2012EBT13ReneLandl.jpgAustria's Rene Landl (left) hit the cutoff number for 52nd place with 1309 or an average of 218.17. Joining the top 52 in the finals were one player each of Squad 1-6 plus the top six of the Desperado Squad.

    Williams also finished 1, 2 and 3 in doubles. He teamed with Tommy Jones (right), United States, to win the doubles event for the third time in ten years with 2802 total and an average of 233.50. He was second with Swede Dennis Eklund at 2790 and third with Birgit Pöppler of Germany at 2758.

     


     

    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 ‚ā¨ for Singles and 10.230 ‚ā¨ for the Doubles event.

    The singles champion will receive the 7.000 ‚ā¨ 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 ‚ā¨.

    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‚ĄĘ Guide Plus Bowling Vienna).

    The qualifying of the Vienna Open is traditionally contested as a Doubles tournament which 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 Bowlingdigital.com, Austrian Bowling Federation, Plus Bowling, Columbia 300 and Ottakringer, the official beer of the Vienna Open.

     


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    2012 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings (final)


    Combined Standings after Squad 17
    Squad 17 Results

     


    2012 Vienna Open - Standings after Qualifying


    The top 52 plus the best players of Squad 1-6 not among the top 52 (places 53-58) plus the top 6 of the Desperado Squad (places 59-64) advance o the finals. The top 8 earn one bye.

     

    Squad 17 Results