Osku Palermaa wins qualifying of the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in record fashion


    2013 European Bowling Tour #15

    Finnish two-hander sets a European Bowling Tour record for six games with 1614 and an average of 269; cut for 51st place is 1377 (229.50 average); Palermaa and Pasi Uotila win the Doubles competition with tournament record 3006 (250.50 average)

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaa1614.jpg2013EBT15DominicBarrett.jpgOsku Palermaa (pictured left) of Finland led a field of 271 players from 25 countries with European Bowling Tour record 1614, an average of 269 for six games, en route to win the qualifying of the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Saturday night at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Palermaa, who owns record 13 titles on the European Bowling Tour and three titles on Professional Bowlers Association Tour, leads a field of 64 players into the finals on Sunday.

    2013EBT15MikeStampe.jpg2013EBT15ChrisBarnesMartinLarsen.jpgDominic Barrett (above right) of England was second with 1587 and was followed by Mik Stampe (left) of Denmark in third place with 1527. Martin Larsen (right with defending champion Chris Barnes, left) of Sweden, who previously held the six-game record with 1603, was fourth with 1520.

    Stuart Williams of England was the fifth player in the high-scoring qualifying portion, who cracked the 1500-bar with 1511.

    Sixth place belonged to German youth national team member Robin Menacher with 1492. Reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, United States, was seventh with 1477. Rounding out the top 8, who received a first-round bye, was Anthony Pepe, United States, with 1468.

    2013EBT15MissyParkin.jpg2013EBT15MartinaSchutz.jpgSix women made the top 51, who qualified automatically for the finals including Missy Parkin (left), United States (20th, 1447), Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden (21st, 1439), Laura Beuthner, Germany (25th, 1430), Kelly Kulick, United States (39th, 1398), Martina Sch√ľtz, Germany (44th, 1390) and Ivonne Gross, Austria (47th, 1381).

    Sch√ľtz (right), who won the women's ranking at the BNC Open in Bratislava last week, was the only player of the last qualifying squad 20, who moved into the top 51, behind games of 216, 262, 169, 258, 211, 226 for 1342 (223.67 average) and 1390 including 48 pins handicap.

    2013WCToreTorgersen2.jpgNorwegian standout Tore Torgersen (left) took the 51st and last place to advance with 1377 and an average of 229.50. Torgersen beat out Alvar Burgues Cardona of Catalonia, Matthias Olsson of Sweden and Nicklas Christensen of Denmark, who all had 1377, by the higher last game.

    Joining the top 51 qualifiers in the finals were nine "early birds" (the highest-positioned player from each of the first nine squads, who was not among the top 51) and the top four players of the one-game Desperado Squad.

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaaPasiUotila.jpgTraditionally, the qualifying of the Vienna Open was contested as a doubles competition. Players are allowed to cash multiple times, but only with different partners.

    2013EBT15OskuPalermaa1614PasiUotila1392.jpgPalermaa won the event with fellow Finn Pasi Uotila (right) with tournament record 3006 pins and an average of 250.50 en route to split the 1.600 Euro top prize.

    Palermaa also finnished second with Barrett (2946, 1.200 Euro) and third with Williams (2891, 1.000 Euro). The top 20 doubles cashed.

    2013ViennaOpenLogo.jpg The 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 15th stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the last of six EBT "Gold" tournaments (the second-highest category) this season. Players compete for total prize fund of 75.130 Euro or 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 apiece.

    Due to an agreement between the World Tenpin Bowling Association and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open will also award a PBA international title if won by a PBA member or a PBA international member.

    Qualifying (20 squads) ran from Monday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 5 and concluded with the one-game Desperado Squad Saturday night. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour

    A total of 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, Oct. 6:
    • the top 51 players from the overall qualifying standings (Squad 1-20)
    • the highest-positioned player from each of the first nine squads, who is not among the top 51 (total 9 players)
    • and the top 4 players from the Desperado Squad.

    The top 8 qualifying leaders received a first-round bye. The other 56 players will bowl six games starting from scratch. The top 22 will join the top 8 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, the 7.000 Euro top prize, 150 EBT ranking points and 50 WBT ranking points.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 stops in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 12 men and the top 12 women at the end of the 2013 season qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is also the 13th event of the 2013 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway at the end of 2012.

    The 2013 WBT consists of 14 tournaments in America, Arabia, Asia and Europe - six in the United States and one each in Austria, Finland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Qatar and Thailand.

    Players earn points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include some events from 2011 and all events from 2012 in addition to the 2013 events.

    2011WTBALogo_small.jpg 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 which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling V from Friday, October 25 thru Sunday, November 3, 2013 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 110 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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    2013 Vienna Open Doubles - Final Standings after Squad 20

    Doubles - Final Standings after Squad 20
    Doubles Squad 17 Results
    Doubles Squad 18 Results
    Doubles Squad 19 Results
    Doubles Squad 20 Results


    2013 Vienna Open Singles - Final Qualifying Standings

    Singles Squad 17 Results
    Singles Squad 18 Results
    Singles Squad 19 Results
    Singles Squad 20 Results

    Total 64 players including the top 51, the highest-positioned player from each of the first nine squads, who is not among the top 51 (places 52-60) and the top 4 players from the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) advance to the finals. The top 8 receive a first-round bye.