Patricia Luoto becomes first women to win Columbia 300 Vienna Open


    2008 European Bowling Tour #14

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

     Former World Games champion and long-time German national team member Patricia Luoto defeated Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 224-201, to win the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Sunday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Click on the image to enlarge. Photo Lars Müller.

    The wife of former World Champoion Mika Luoto, Finland, became the 10th women to win an European Bowling Tour event and the first who won the title in the Vienna Open. Luoto Pocketed 6.000 Euro for accomplishing the feat and earned 100 points for the European rankings as the Vienna Open is one of the Tour's "majors".

    In the semifinals Luoto and Paulsson eliminated German youth national team members Pascal Winterheimer and Lars Tangermann, who took a surprising second place in the Doubles competition yesterday. Luoto flew past Winterheimer, 231-178, and Paulsson easily defeated Tangermann, 226-142.

    Paulsson received 4.000 Euro for the place while Winterheimer and Tangermann earned 2.500 Euro each for third and fourth place.

    The 6th Columbia Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour, drew 278 players from 26 countries who competed for total prize money of 65.630 Euro or about 90,000 dollars.

    6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

    Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)
    Championship Round:
    1. Patricia Luoto, Germany, 6.000 Euro
    2. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 4.000 Euro
    3. Pascal Winterheimer, Germany, 2.500 Euro
    4. Lars Tangermann, Germany, 2.500 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal #1: Luoto def. Winterheimer, 231-178
    Semifinal #2: Paulsson def. Tangermann, 226-142.
    Championship: Luoto def. Paulsson, 224-201.
    * Luoto received 8 pins handicap per game.


    European Bowling Tour Rankings by Bowlingdigital

    Vienna Open - Women Rankings
    Vienna Open - Men Rankings

    EBT Men's Rankings after 13 events
    EBT Women's Rankings after 13 events

    Videos from the 6th Columbia Vienna Open

    Title Match between Patricia Luoto and Martin Paulsson
    Players recorded in Super Slow Motion
    Interview with Team USA's Lynda Barnes
    Dennis Eklund rolls the first 300 game
    Interview with Formula One driver Robert Kubica
    Action shots from Squad 9
    Impressions from the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

    Round of 8

    Round of 16

    Round of 32

    Final Round One

    Singles Qualifying
    Doubles - Final Standings

    2008ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg The 6th Columbia 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.