Paul Moor is one win away from his 15th European Bowling Tour title at Vienna Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #16

    Moor earns the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals; Joonas Jehkinen (FIN) is the No. 2 seed; PBA's Chris Barnes (#3) and Tommy Jones (#4) clash in the opening match; Mike Fagan rolls the third 300 game of the tournament in Game 16; Diana Zavjalova (LAT) wins women's ranking in Vienna

    2014EBT16PaulMoor2.jpg2014EBT16JoonasJehkinen2.jpgPaul Moor of England averaged 233.92 for twelve games in Final Round 2 & 3 to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals of the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Sunday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    The lefty, who won his record 14th European Bowling Tour title in the Chandra Open two weeks ago, posted the third-highest 1388 series in Round 3, an average of 231.33, for 2807 total to maintain a 51-pin lead over Joonas Jehkinen (right) of Finland.

    2014EBT16ChrisBarnesTommyJones.jpg2014EBT16MikeFagan.jpgJehkinen, who won his lone EBT title in the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open in Munich, Germany, in 2013, toppled 1470 pins, an average of 245, to jump from 11th to second place with 2756 and an average of 229.67 overall.

    Two-time Vienna Open champion (2010, 2012) Chris Barnes (pictured left with Tommy Jones, right), United States, had the second-best 1408 block (234.67) to leap from fifth to third place with 2740 (228.33). Barnes' fellow Professional Bowlers Association members Tommy Jones and Mike Fagan (right) battled it out for the fourth and final berth into the stepladder.

    2014EBT16DianaZavjalova2.jpg2014EBT16LauraBeuther.jpgFagan, who rolled the third 300 game of the tournament in Game 16, held a six-pin lead over Jones heading into the last game. The winner of five EBT titles closed with a 215 game, but Jones had a big 256 game to beat out Fagan for the No. 4 spot by 35 pins, 2706 to 2671.

    Diana Zavjalova (left) of Latvia was the best woman in the field in 10th place with 2576 including eight pins handicap per game or an average of 206.67 for 12 games. Laura Beuthner (right) of Germany, the only other woman who made it into Round 3, finished in 15th place with 2530.

    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 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 was trimmed to the top 18, who carried the pinfall forward into Round Three. After another six-game block the top 4 players with the highest 12-game total advanced 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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    2014 Vienna Open Singles - Round 3 Results

    Top 4 advance to the stepladder finals. * Women's series including 48 pins handicap. Players ranked 5th to 18th show earnings.