Manico, Petty wait until the final squad to win the Doubles in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

    10/05/08

    2008 European Bowling Tour #14

    Formula One star Robert Kubica shoots 218 to qualify for the finals through Desperado Squad

    2008EBT14TanyaPettyBigiManico2.jpg Bigi Manico (right) and Tanya Petty (left) saved the best for the 17th and last qualifying squad in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Petty, a 3-time European Champions Cup winner and former World Champion in Doubles, had high games of 279, 259, and 247 and low games of 213, 215, and 216 to rocket into third place in the Singles qualifying standings with 1477 six-game total including 48 pins handicap, an average of 238.20 scratch.

    2008EBT14WinterheimerTangermann.jpg Multiple Swiss champion Manico added 1301 to qualify for the main event on Sunday and to secure the first place in the Doubles competition with 2778 total (223.50 scratch). The winners will share the 1.600 Euro top prize. Jason Belmonte, Australia, won the Singles qualifying with 1517 (252.83).

    2008EBT14JasonBelmonte.jpg German youth national team members Lars Tangermann and Pascal Winterheimer (l-r) finished in second place with 2744 (228.67), while Jason Belmonte, Australia and Peter Ljung, Sweden ended up in third with 2739.

    Belmo (left) won the Singles qualifying with 1517 (252.83). Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, hit the cutoff number for 52nd place with 1296. Defending champion Dennis Eklund, Sweden was second with 1485.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will bypass the first round of the finals on Sunday morning were Petty, Belgium's Chris Vandamme (4th; 1427), Jari Ratia, Finland (5th; 1425), Mikael Kanold, Sweden (6th; 1422), Stuart Williams, England (7th; 1418) and Winterheimer (8th; 1411).

    2008EBT14RobertKubicaAction.jpg Petty's feat came at the expensive of European Masters champion Nina Flack, Sweden, who missed the top 8 by 14 pins in 9th place with 1397. Dutch Nicole Sanders hit the cutoff number for 52nd place with 1296 including handicap.

    Formula One BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica (right) from Poland, who rolled a high series of 1207 including a 261 game in the qualifying, posted a 218 game in the Desperado squad to take the 64th and final spot for tomorrow's final.

    Players seeded 9th to 64th after qualifying will bowl six games from scratch starting at 8am to cut to the top 24, who will join the top 8 qualifiers in the Round of 32 match play.

    Photos Lars Müller.

    Singles Results
    Doubles Results


    Singles Squad 17






    Doubles Squad 17






    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.