Denmark's Mik Stampe rolls 1230 series in Squad 11 to leap into third place in Vienna


    2014 European Bowling Tour #16

    Mexican Mario Quintero rolls the first 300 game of the tournament; Craig Nidiffer continues to lead field of 184 players from 25 countries with 1467; Squad 10 leader Stuart Williams (ENG) moves into 6th place; Squad 9 leader Maxime de Rooij is the best of 27 women in 10th place; score to make the qualifying cut is 1200 (200 average)


    2013EBT18JeroenvanGeel.jpgCraig Nidiffer (pictured left), United States, continues to lead the qualifying of the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open currently underway at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, as the EBT "gold" tournament has surpassed the halfway mark on Thursday afternoon.

    Nidiffer, who won the 11th New Mexico Open in August, posted 1467 in Squad 5, an average of 244.50, to lead the field of 184 players from 25 countries by 109 pins.

    With 11 of 20 squads in the books, Jeroen van Geel (right) of the Netherlands held on to second place with 1358.

    2014EBT16MikaStampe2.jpg2014EBT11StuartWilliams.jpgMik Stampe (left) of Denmark led Squad 11 with 1340 (223.33) including game of 216, 196, 245, 198, 267 and 218 to jump into third place in the overall standings. American Steven Novak and Latvian two-hander Daniel Vezis slipped to fourth and fifth place with 1335 and 1330.

    PBA champion Stuart Williams (right) of England, who also own six European Bowling Tour titles, paced Squad 10 on Thursday afternoon with 1325 to overtake sixth place. Tournament director Thomas Gross of Austria, a four-time EBT titlist, sits in seventh place with 1324.

    2014EBT16IldemaroRuiz.jpg2014BPAAWomensAllStarDianaZavjalova.jpgRounding out the top 8, who will receive a first-round bye at the end of the qualifying, is Venezuela's Ildemaro Ruiz, who was second to Stampe in Squad 11 with 1317 including a 289 game.

    2010 World Doubles champion Martin Paulsson of Sweden was two pins behind Ruiz with 1315, good for 9th place.

    Squad 9 leader Maxime de Rooij, Germany, and Diana Zavjalova (right), Latvia, the reigning European champion in All-Events and Masters, are the best of 27 women in the field in 10th and 11th place with 1312 and 1308, respectively, including eight pins handicap each game.

    2014EBT16MarioQuintero300.jpg2013BWCHumbertoVazquez2.jpg12th place Mario Quintero (left; 1307) finished Squad 11 with a bang rolling the first 300 game of the tournament. Led by José Aguilar, President of the Mexican Bowling federation, almost the entire national team from Mexico is here in Vienna to prepare for the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games, which will be held in Veracruz, Mexico, November 14-30.

    Quintero's fellow countryman, Humberto Vazquez (right), and Alexander Pittesser, Austria, are currently tied for 50th place at 1200 (200 average) to hold the last two spots to directly advance to the finals.

    Americans Craig Nidiffer & JR Raymond and Steven Novak & Brian Voss remained atop the Doubles leaderboard with 2769 and 2642, respectively.

    Qualifying continues with Squad 12 at 8 p.m. and commences on Friday, October 3, with Squads 13-18 starting at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 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 11/20

    Singles Squad 9 Results
    Singles Squad 10 Results
    Singles Squad 11 Results


    2014 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 11/20

    Doubles Squad 9 Results
    Doubles Squad 10 Results
    Doubles Squad 11 Results