Daniel Vezis takes early lead in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #16

    Two-hander rolls 1330 to lead field of 79 players from 11 countries after 3/20 squads; score to make the cut is currently 1048 (174.67 average)

    2014EBT13DanielVezis.jpg2014EBT11ThomasGross.jpgDaniel Vezis (pictured left) of Latvia leads a field of 79 players from 11 countries the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open after the first day of qualifying at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    The two-hander posted 1330 in Squad 1, an average of 221.67, including games of 195, 246, 176, 225, 235 and 253 to beat out long-time Austrian national team member and tournament director Thomas Gross (right) for the top spot by six pins.

    The first player of each of the first nine squads, who will not finish in the top 51 overall, will earn automatic berth in Sunday's finals.

    Gross led the second squad with 1324 (220.67 average) including high games of 268 and 269. Walter Lämmermayer, Austria, who was second to Vezis, finished a distant third 83 pins behind with 1241.

    2013EBT15AnzeGrabrijan.jpg2013EBT16BrianValenta3.jpgPlaces 4 to 6 belonged to Squad 3 bowlers. One-time EBT titlist Anže Grabrijan (left) of Slovenia set the pace with 1241 but the lower last game than Lämmermayer (186 to 235) and was followed by Michael Rauscher of Austria with 1240 and Brian Valenta (right9, United States, with 1238.

    Rounding out the top 8, who at the end of the qualifying will receive a first-round bye was American JR Raymond with 1231.

    Jacqueline Witura, Austria, and Luminita Farkas, Romania, were the best of seven woman in 20th and 21 place with 1146 and 1145, each including eight pins handicap. Roland Leisch of Austria sits in 51th and last place to qualify for the finals with 1048 and an average of 174.67.

    Thomas Gross & Mario Baumgartner of Austria set the early pace in Doubles with 2518 and a team average of 209.33.

    Qualifying continues on Tuesday, September 30, with Squads 4, 5 and 6 starting at noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    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 €.

    The VO14 will be contested on a 38 feet lane conditioning pattern with 24.605 mL volume oil total. Download the LaneMap™ Guide to get all information on Plus Bowling.

    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.

    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.

    Total 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 ChamartĂ­n in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.


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    2014 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 3/20

    Singles Squad 1 Results
    Singles Squad 2 Results
    Singles Squad 3 Results



    2014 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 3/20

    Doubles Squad 1 Results
    Doubles Squad 2 Results
    Doubles Squad 3 Results