Carsten Warming Hansen, Tore Torgersen crack top 8 in last qualifying squad


    2014 European Bowling Tour #16

    Craig Nidiffer remains unchallenged, wins qualifying in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open; American leads 64 out of 280 players from 28 countries into the finals on Sunday; top 8 players earn one bye; score to make the cut in 51st place is 1312 (218.67 average)

    2014EBT16CraigNidiffer.jpg2014EBT16DianaZavjalova.jpgCraig Nidiffer (pictured left), United States, remained unchallenged in the last squad to win the qualifying of the 12th Columbia Vienna Open Saturday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Nidiffer led 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 was the best woman in second place with 1454 including 48 pins handicap.

    Tommy Jones, United States, was third with 1434 and was followed by Martin Larsen of Sweden in fourth place with 1433.

    2014EBT16CarstenWarmingHansen.jpg2013EBT16ToreTorgersen.jpgCarsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark and Tore Torgersen (right) of Norway saved their best for the last qualifying squad. Hansen led Squad 20 with 1400 and an average of 233.33 to jump into fifth place with Torgersen mere 10 pins behin on 1390 to leap into six place.

    Rounding out the top 8, who enjoy a first-round bye in Sunday's finals, were Joonas Jehkinen of Finland in seventh place with 1386 while Dominic Barrett of England took the eighth and last spot with 1372.

    The only other player of Squad 20, who moved above the cut line was American Chris Klerk who rebounded from a slow start (186, 199) with 266, 225, 235 and 202 to finish in 48th place with 1313.

    2014EBT16PerttuJussila.jpg2014EBT16SandraGongora.jpgThe 51sth and final berth went to Perttu Jussila of Finland, Sandra Gongora (right) of Mexico and Maxime de Rooij of Germany, who all had 1312.

    The top 51 are joined in the finals by one player each from squads 1-9 and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

    Manuel Mrosek of Germany rolled the highest game in the 55-player Desperado Squad with 255 and was followed by Marcus Bergendorff, Denmark (237), Michael Loos , Austria (235) and Erich Pisarski, Hungary, with 234.

    Places 9 to 64 will return Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) for the first round of the finals.

    2014EBT16ChrisBarnesTommyJones.jpg2014EBT16JRRaymondCraigNidiffer.jpgChris Barnes & Tommy Jones (left, l-r), United States, won the Doubles competition which serves as the qualifier for Singles with 2773 total and an average of 231.08. The PBA stars split the 1.600 Euro top prize.

    Craig Nidiffer & JR Raymond (right, r-l), United States, were just four pins behind to finsih in second place with 2769 (230.75) worth 1.200 Euro.

    2014EBT16DianaZavjalovaDaveWodka.jpgThird place belonged to Dave Wodka & Diana Zavjalova (right, r-l), USA/Latvia, who totaled 2679 (22325) including Zavjalova's 48 pins handicap to earn 1.000 Euro. The top 20 doubles cashed for total 10.230 Euro.

    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 €.

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


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    2014 Vienna Open Singles - Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

    The top 51 qualifiers and the highest-positioned player from each of the first nine squads, who was not among the top 51 (places 52-60) and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) advance to the finals.

    Singles Squad 20 Results

    300 games - (2) Mario Quinreo (Mexico), Richard Teece (England).


    2014 Vienna Open Doubles - Final Standings after Squad 20

    Doubles Squad 20 Results

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