Williams moves into top 8 in penultimate qualifying squad in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open


    2008 European Bowling Tour #14

    Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

    2008EBT14StuartWilliams.jpg Stuart Williams (left) from England rolled a 1418 series in the 16th squad to move into the top 8 in the qualifying of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. The 2006 World Ranking Masters champion, who had two perfect games in last year's event and won the Doubles competition, had games of 279 and 260 on Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    2008EBT14JimmyMortensen.jpg Another eight players reached the 1300-plateau and brought the cutoff number for 52nd place to 1283 or an average of 213.83 for six games.

    Trailing Williams by 60 pins to finish the squad in second place was Frederico Rossi, Italy (1358). He was followed by Rasmus Hyhldal, Denmark (1349), Jouni Helminen, Finland (1338), Thomas Gross, Austria (1314), Mika Heino, Finland (1312), Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark (right, 1306), Leopold Grundschober (1306) and Benjamin Kubalek (1303), both Austria.

    2008EBT14BenjaminKubalek.jpg Kubalek (left) accomplished a rare feat last weekend, when he bowled for Munich in the German Bundesliga, the highest 5-player league in the country: Kubalek started his BL career with a 300 game.

    The sole 300 game in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open so far was bowled by defending champion Dennis Eklund. The Swede is second to qualifying leader Jason Belmonte (1517) with 1485.

    2008EBT14NinaFlack.jpg Belgium's Chris Vandamme is third with 1427. Williams is sandwiched between Jari Ratia, Finland (1425), Mikael Kanold, Sweden (1422) and Pascal Winterheimer, Germany (1411) and Nina Flack (right), Sweden (1397), who is the top-ranked woman in the field in 8th place.

    With the 17th and final qualifying squad to go, German Youth national team members Winterheimer and Lars Tangermann held on to lead in the Doubles event with 2744 (228.67).

    Singles Results
    Doubles Results

    Singles Squad 16

    Doubles Squad 16

    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.