Joonas Jehkinen shoots his second 1380-plus series to lead Squad 18 in Vienna


    2014 European Bowling Tour #16

    Twelve players in Squad 18 roll series between 1303 and 1381; England's Richard Teece shoots the second perfecto of the tournament; score to make the cut in 51st place reached 1300 (216.67 average)

    2014EBT16JoonasJehkinen2.jpg2014EBT16CraigNidiffer.jpgJoonas Jehkinen (pictured left) of Finland posted his second series in the 1380s in the qualifying of the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open to lead Squad 18 Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Jehkinen, a member of the Finnish national team which won the gold medal in the Team event at the 2013 World Championships in Las Vegas, had games of 209, 233, 225, 245, 249 and 220 for 1381, an average of 230.17. He stayed in fifth place with his 1386 high series which he had in Squad 15 yesterday.

    Craig Nidiffer (above right), United States, leads the field of 277 players from 28 countries since Squad 5 with 1467, an average of 244.50.

    2014EBT16DianaZavjalova2.jpg 2014EBT16MikeFagan.jpgDiana Zavjalova (left) of Latvia is the best of 41 women in second place with 1454 including handicap. Tommy Jones, USA, is third with 1434 followed by Martin Larsen of Sweden in fourth with 1433.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will enjoy a first-round bye in Sunday's finals, are currently Dominic Barrett, England (1372), Thomas Larsen, Denmark (1369) and Mike Fagan (right), United States (1368).

    Squad 18 featured twelve 1300 series. Besides Jehkinen, Chris Barnes, United States, Stuart Williams, England, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, Thomas Larsen, Denmark and Osku Palermaa, Finland, failed to improve their highest series.

    2014EBT16RichardTeece300.jpg2014EBT16MagnusJohnsson.jpgPascal Winternheimer, Germany, was next to Jehkinen with 1348 including a high game of 266 to move into 24th place. Richard Teece (left), England, rolled his 21st career 300 in game five, the Vienna Open's second perfecto (Mario Quintero of Mexico had the first in Squad 11). Teece totaled 1337 pins, good for 29th place.

    Jesse Kallio, Finland, was two pins behind in 30th place with 1335 and was followed by Magnus Johnson (right), Sweden, in 32nd place with 1332 and Glenn Morten Pedersen (below left), Norway, in 35th place with 1328.

    2014EBT16GlennMortenPedersen.jpgFormer World and European champion Tore Torgersen of Norway was the 12th player of Squad 18 and 48th overall with 1303 but is still in danger to miss the cut.

    2014EBT16JesseKallioTonyRanta.jpg With two more squads to go, Tony Ranta (pictured right with Jesse Kallio, left) of Finland holds the 51st place and last spot to advance with 1300 flat or an average of 216.67.

    Qualifying continues with Squads 19 & 20 starting at 4 and 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the Desperado Squad scheduled to start at 11.30 p.m.

    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 18/20

    Singles Squad 18 Results


    2014 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 18/20

    Doubles Squad 18 Results