Five players crack the 1300-bar in Squad 15 in Vienna


    2008 European Bowling Tour #14

    Four add their names to the leaderboard

    2008EBT14JasonBelmonte.jpg No changes atop the leaderboard in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open during the 15th qualifying squad on Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Jason Belmonte (left) from Australia held on to the lead in Singles with 1517 six-game total and an average of 252.83. Defending champion Dennis Eklund, Sweden, remained in second place with 1485 and Chris Vandamme, Belgium, is third with 1427.

    2008EBT14WinterheimerTangermann.jpgGerman youngsters Pascal Winterheimer and Lars Tangermann (on the right, l-r) continued to lead the Doubles competition with 2744 pins (228.67).

    Mikael Larsson started the 15th out of 17 squads with a 777 3-game series (278, 255 and 244) and closed out the series with 214, 201 and 203, to jump into 8th place with 1395 six-game total and an average of 232.50.

    Another four players cracked the 1300-bar but only three of them added their names to the leaderboard. Jesper Agerbo from Denmark felled 1346 pins to move into 14th place, while Tim Friedrichs, Germany, leaped into 35th place with 1308.

    Multiple German champion Achim Grabowski, who will host the European Champions Cup in his bowling center in Duisburg, totaled 1304 but missed his high score of 1313 (33rd) by 9 pins.

    Adile Sarcan, Germany, is 38th with 1301 including 48 pins handicap. Janina Gabel, Germany, currently sits in 52nd place with 1273 including handicap.

    Singles Results
    Doubles Results

    Singles Squad 15

    Doubles Squad 15

    2008ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, in Vienna, Austria.

    More than 290 players will compete for total prize money of 65.630 Euro - 55.400 € in Singles and 10.230 € in Doubles. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €.

    2007EBT18DennisEklund2.jpg In last year's title match, Swede Dennis Eklund (pictured right) defeated Yoan Alix, France, 235-199, en route to win his first EBT title. Tina Hulsch, Germany, won the women's rankings.

    Once again the qualifying for the Vienna Open finals is contested as a doubles tournament. Each duo rolls at least one six-game block. Unlimited re-entries with different partners are possible but each player can only cash once with the same partner.

    2007EBT12StuartWilliamsTinaHulsch.jpg The team with the highest total pinfall including handicap will be declared the winner (no finals will be played). The top 20 doubles will cash.

    Stuart Williams
    , England, and Germany's Tina Hulsch are the defending champions (pictured left).

    Qualifying runs from Tuesday through Saturday and ends with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad on Saturday night Oct. 4 slated for 11.30 pm local time (GMT +1).

    A total of 64 players from the qualifying will advance to the finals starting on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 8am:

  • The top 8 players with the highest six-game qualifying result will earn one bye and will be seeded 1-8 in the match play Round of 32
  • players positioned 9th to 52nd after qualifying
  • the six leaders of Squads 1-6 and
  • the top 6 from the Desperado Squad.

  • All but the top 8 qualifiers (56 players overall) will bowl 6 games starting from scratch to cut to the top 24. Those 24 will be seeded 9-32 in the match play Round of 32.

    The Round of 32, 16 and 8 will feature single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format. The highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player vs. the second-lowest seeded player, etc.

    The semifinals (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3) and the championship match will be decided in one game. A major on the European Bowling Tour, the top 50 men and the top 50 women will receive double ranking points.

    For more information on the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open click here.