Paul Moor targets to win his 15th EBT title in the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open


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    Paul Moor targets to win his 15th EBT title in the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Englishman has an 83-pin lead heading into the Round of 18; the top 4 after another six-game round will advance to the stepladder finals; Diana Zavjalova (LAT) and Laura Beuthner (GER) battle it out for the top woman

    2014EBT16PaulMoor2.jpg2014EBT16ThomasLarsen.jpgPaul Moor (pictured left) of England averaged 236.50 and toppled 1419 pins in Final Round Two to take an 83-pin lead heading into the Round of 18 at the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.

    The three-time European Point Ranking winner (2004-06), who won his record 14th European Bowling Tour title in the Chandra Open two weeks ago, averaged over 260 for the first four games (246, 279, 264 and 257) but could not match the vigorous pace in the last two games (160 and 213).

    2014EBT16SteveNovak.jpg2014EBT16TommyJones.jpgWith the pinfall of Round 2 being carried forward, Moor holds a comfortable lead over current point ranking leader Thomas Larsen (above right), who finished his set with a big 263 game which propelled him into second place with 1336 (222.67).

    Places three to five belonged to Americans Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones (left) and Steven Novak (right). Barnes, who made the title match the first three years he participated in the Vienna Open winning the title in 2010 and 2012, sits in third place with 1332.

    Fellow PBA champion and Team USA member Jones, was 12 pins behind in fourth place. Novak tied Jones at 1320 but was ranked fifth due to Jones' higher last game, 231 to 222.

    2014EBT16BjornEinarRudshagen.jpg2014EBT16DianaZavjalova.jpgBjörn Einar Rudshagen (left) of Norway was sixth with 1319 and was followed by long-time Finnish national team members Kimmo Lehtonen (1318) and Petteri Salonen (1303).

    Rounding out the top 10 was Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia, who totaled 1289 pins including 48 pins handicap. The two-time European champion and 2013 USBC Queens winner will battle it for the women's ranking with Laura Beuthner of Germany, who used a 247 last game to sneak in and finish in in 14th place with 1280.

    Beuthner was sandwiched between Joonas Jehkinen (FIN, 1286), Mike Fagan (USA, 1285), Jeroen van Geel (NED, 1281) and Tore Torgersen (below left; NOR, 1273), Magnus Johnson (SWE, 1264), and Osku Palermaa (FIN, 1260).

    2014EBT16JRRaymond.jpg2014EBT16ToreTorgersen.jpgThe 18th and final berth went to Floyd "JR" Raymond (right; 1258, 209.67 ave.), United States, by seven pins over six-time EBT champion Stuart Willams of England.

    Among those failing to make the cut were qualifying leader Craig Nidiffer, United States, 8-time EBT champion Martin Larsen, Sweden, the last Mexican bowler, Sandra Gongora and 9-time EBT champion Dominic Barrett, England.

    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 covers 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 ran from Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in every event on the European Bowling Tour.

    Total 64 players qualified for the finals on Sunday, Oct. 5. The top 8 qualifying leaders received a first-round bye. The other 56 players bowled six games starting from scratch. The top 22 join the top 8 qualifiers in Round Two.

    Those 30 players bowled 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.

    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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    Top 18 advance, pinfall will be forward into Round Three. Players ranked 19th to 30th earn from 800 to 550 Euro.