12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is underway at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria

    09/29/14

    2014 European Bowling Tour #16

    Live coverage on Bowlingdigital.com commences on Thursday; 243 players, 31 women and 212 men, from 28 countries have registered for the last "gold" tournament of the 2014 European Bowling Tour season

    2014ViennaOpenLogo2.jpg The 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 16th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the last of six "gold" tournaments this season, the second-highest of four EBT categories. Players will compete for total prize fund of 73.130 Euro or approx. $100,000 - 62.900 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event.

    The singles champion will walk away with the 7.000 € top prize, the runner-up earns 5.000 and the third and fourth-place finishers get 3.500 and 2.500, respectively. The winners of the doubles event will split 1.600 €.

    243 players, 31 women and 212 men, from 28 countries - Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United States, Venezuela and the host country Austria - have registered through ViennaOpen.com.

    2014EBT11ThomasGross.jpg The 60-player field for Squads 14 and 15 on Friday, Oct. 3 at 1 and 5 p.m., and Squads 18 & 19 on Saturday, Oct. 4 at noon and 4 p.m. has been filled and names for the standby list are now being accepted. Vacancies will be filled on a first-come basis.

    However, there are always individual spots available, even in fully booked squads, as players may not have found a doubles partner yet.

    Players looking for an empty spot as well as players looking for a doubles partner can contact tournament director Thomas Gross (pictured right) at [email protected].

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif For the 12th consecutive Bowlingdigital will cover the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open live from Plus Bowling in Vienna commencing Thursday, Oct. 2 all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 5.

    This year, the VO offers twenty qualifying squads - three each from Monday, Sept. 29 through Thursday, Oct. 2 and four each on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 & 4 - with 60 individual spots or 30 doubles spots available in each squad.

    Short Cuts:
    Online Registration
    Qualifying Squads
    Prize Fund

    For more information, click on the Vienna Open logo on the right menu bar or go to ViennaOpen.com

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

    Due to a partnership agreement between the organizers of the Columbia 300 Vienna Open, the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open in Munich, Germany, and the Brunswick Etna Open in Catania, Italy, every squad winner in the Vienna Open (the player with the highest six-game total including handicap) receives a free re-entry into the 2015 Track Open. The best Austrian player in qualifying earns a free entry and a free re-entry into the Etna Open 2015, while the second-best Austrian bowlers gets a free re-entry.

    Qualifying runs from Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4 with the final Squad 20 scheduled to start 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, an equality handicap provided to women in every event on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players will qualify for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 5:
    • the top 51 players from the overall qualifying standings (Squads 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 will receive 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 and 150 EBT ranking points.

    2013Columbia300Logo.jpg Columbia 300, which sponsors the Vienna Open for the 10th consecutive year, offers the Columbia Perfect Game Award and the Columbia Early Bird Award. 300 U.S. Dollar will be awarded for the first 300 game in the tournament, which will be bowled with a ball manufactured by Columbia 300. The winners of Squad 1-6 (Sept. 29-30), will receive a $200 bonus by Columbia 300 if they were wearing a C300 shirt and used a C300 bowling ball.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund is almost one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

     

     

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