Dominic Barrett wins Squad 14 to move into top 8 in Vienna Open Qualifying


    2014 European Bowling Tour #16

    Englishmen rolls 1372 series for third place overall; Craig Nidiffer (USA) remains unchallenged, leads the 248-player field from 28 countries with 1467 (244.50 ave.); score for 51st place is 1258 (209.67 average)


    2014EBT16DianaZavjalova.jpgDominic Barrett (pictured left) of England toppled 1372 pins in Squad 14 Friday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, to leap into third place in the qualifying of the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.

    The reigning PBA World Champion and 9-time EBT titlist had games of 203, 255, 215, 229, 256 and 214, an average of 228.67.

    Craig Nidiffer of the United States leads the field of 248 players from 28 countries since Squad 5 with 1467 and an average of 244.50. Reigning European All-Events and Masters champion Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia is the best of 38 women in the field in second place with 1454 including 48 pins handicap.

    2014EBT16MikaKoivuniemi.jpg2014EBT16JesperSvensson.jpgGiancarlo Ragusa of Belgium was 23 pins behind Barrett with 1349 including five games between 220 and 246 to overtake eighth place. The top 8 after Saturday's Squad 20 will receive a first-round bye for Sunday's finals.

    10-time EBT and 13-time PBA champion Mika Koivuniemi (left) of Finland, who set a new European Bowling Tour record for six game qualifying with 1621 pins (270.17 average), in Berlin last week, was next with 1346 to move into 9th place overall.

    World Youth Championships Masters gold medalist Jesper Svensson (above right) started with games of 225, 203, 247 and 277 but closed out with 190 and 184 for 1326, good for 16th place. The two-handed lefty, a member of the Swedish youth and adult national squad, won his third European Bowling Tour in the German Openfive days ago.

    2014EBT16DominicBarrettOskuPalermaa.jpgThe score or 51st place to make the qualifying cut is currently 1258 (209.67 average) set by Marco Pilecky of Austria.

    Nidiffer & JR Raymond, United States continued to lead in Doubles with 2769 and an average of 230.75. Zavjalova & Dave Wodka, United States, sit in second place with 2727. Barrett and fellow PBA champion Osku Palermaa (right) of Finland (1289) took over third place with 2661.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, October 3, with Squads 15 & 16 starting at 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 14/20

    Singles Squad 14 Results


    2014 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 14/20

    Doubles Squad 14 Results