Gabel leads top 24 into the Single-Elimination finals in Vienna


    2008 European Bowling Tour #14

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

    2008EBT14JaninaGabel.jpg Janine Gabel from Germany had games between 194 and 266 Sunday morning at Plus Bowling in Vienna en route to lead the top 24 players from Final Round One into the single-elimination match play portion of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.

    As the top 8 qualifiers were seeded 1-8 into the Round of 32, Gabel took the No. 9 seed with 1425 six-game total including 48 pins women's handicap. She will meet No. 24 Lars Tangermann, Germany, in best-of-three games format.

    2008EBT14TanyaPettyBigiManico.jpg Two more women, Bigi Manico, Switzerland (12th; 1309) and Patricia Luoto, Germany (21st; 1256) survived the round which brings the number of women in the Round of 32 to four.

    Gabel, Manico and Luoto will be joined by Germany's Tanya Petty, who won the Doubles event with Manico (pictured right) yesterday en route to finish the qualifying among the top 8, who bypassed the first round of the finals.

    2008EBT14JasonBelmonte4.jpg Adam Scott, England, took the 24th and final qualifying post with 1243 pinfall total and an average of 207.17. Seeded 32nd Scott will bowl qualifying leader Jason Belmonte (pictured left) from Australia.

    Belmonte's compatriot Jason Walsh mad the second cut in 14th place with 1295 and will take on Mathias Arup, Sweden.

    Formula One driver Robert Kubica, who advanced to the finals through the Desperado Squad Saturday night, missed the cut for the Round of 32 but will catch his flight to Japan to for next Formula One Grand Prix.

    Round of 32 Match-ups

    Singles Qualifying
    Doubles - Final Standings

    Final Round 1

    The top 52 qualifiers plus the six leaders of Squads 1-6 not among the top 52 and the top 6 from the Desperado Squad bowled six games from scratch. The top 24 advance to the single-elimination match play Round of 32 in best-of-three games format.

    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.

    The tournament drew 278 players from 26 countries - 228 men and 50 women - who 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 doubles winners Tanya Petty and Bigi Manico will split 1.600 €.

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

    The team with the highest total pinfall including handicap was declared the winner (no finals will were played). The top 20 doubles cash.

    Qualifying went from Tuesday through Saturday and ended with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad on Saturday night Oct. 4.

    A total of 64 players from the qualifying advanced to the finals 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.