No changes in the top 33 as qualifying of 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open nears conclusion


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    Andrey Suslov (RUS), Laura Beuthner (GER), Tony Ranta (FIN), Juhani Tonteri (FIN), Perttu Jussila (FIN) move above the cut line; score to make the cut in 51st place is 1306 (217.67 average)

    2014EBT16CraigNidiffer.jpg 2014EBT16DianaZavjalova.jpgThere were no changes in the top 33 of the 12th Columbia Vienna Open after the 56 players of Squad 19 have completed their six games of qualifying Saturday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Craig Nidiffer (pictured left), United States, leads the field of 280 players from 28 countries, 239 men and 41 women, since Squad 5 with 1467, an average of 244.50. Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia is the best woman in second place with 1454 including handicap.

    Tommy Jones, USA, is third with 1434 followed by Martin Larsen of Sweden in fourth with 1433 and Joonas Jehkinen of Finland in fifth place with 1386.

    2014EBT16ThomasGrossChrisBarnes.jpg2014EBT06AndreySuslov.jpgRounding out the top 8, who will enjoy a first-round bye in Sunday's finals, are Dominic Barrett, England (1372), Thomas Larsen, Denmark (1369) and Mike Fagan, United States (1368).

    Two-time Vienna Open champion Chris Barnes (pictured left with tournament director Thomas Gross, left), United States, closed with a 256 game to lead the squad and to beat out Russian Andrey Suslov (right) for the bragging rights by one pin, 1331 to 1330.

    2014EBT16LauraBeuther.jpgBarnes sits in 28th place with his high series of 1339, while Suslov moved into 34th place. Laura Beuthner (left) of Germany closed with back-to-back 220s (scratch) to shift to 40th place with 1323 including 48 pins handicap.

    2014EBT16JuhaniTonteri.jpgThree Finnish bowlers, Tony Ranta (42nd; 1319), Juhani Tonteri (right; 45th; 1314) and Perttu Jussila (46th; 1312) positioned themselves above the cut line. With only one squad remaining, European Masters champion Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, holds the 51st and last spot to advance to the finals with 1306 and an average of 217.17.

    Squad 20 started at 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the Desperado Squad scheduled for 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 ‚ā¨ for Singles and 10.230 ‚ā¨ for the Doubles event.

    The singles champion will walk away with the 7.000 ‚ā¨ 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 ‚ā¨.

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    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 Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.


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    2014 Vienna Open - Singles Qualifying Standings after Squad 19/20

    Singles Squad 19 Results


    2014 Vienna Open - Doubles Standings after Squad 19/20

    Doubles Squad 19 Results