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Denmark’s Jesper Agerbo adds his name to the leaderboard in Vienna


2016EBT13JesperAgerboJesper Agerbo of Denmark led the 18-player squad 13 on Friday morning with 1414 to add his name to the leaderboard at the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open.

Agerbo (pictured right, and above with Thomas Larsen) had games of 225, 268, 244, 231, 220 and 226 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, an average of 235.67 over4 six games.

The seven-time European champion, who won the titles in singles, trios and all-events at the 2016 event in Belgium, followed in the footprints of his team mates on the Danish national team, Mik Stampe and Carsten Warming Hansen, who remained in first and second place with 1443.

2016EBT13JaroslavLorencJaroslav Lorenc (left) of the Czech Republic is the only other bowler who surpassed the 1400-mark in fourth place with 1412. Markus Jansson of Sweden slipped to fifth place with 1399.

Four-time European Bowling Tour and two-time PBA Tour champion, Thomas Larsen of Denmark finished his series today with a huge 298 game to leap into sixth place on 1392 (232 average).

2015EBT14JoshBlanchard2Rounding out the top 8 who will receive a first-round bye for the finals, were Pontus Andersson of Sweden with 1388 and Josh Blanchard (right), United States, with 1374.

Jaqueline Wagener of Germany posted 1266 scratch and added 48 pins handicap to become the best woman in the field so far in 21st place with 1314 total.

2016EBT09DominicBarrettWith 13 of 20 squads in the books 11-time EBT and 4-time PBA champion Dominic Barrett (left) of England mans the 44th and last spot to advance with 1258 or an average of 209.67.

Agerbo, who teamed with Hansen yesterday evening to take the lead in doubles with 2816 total and an average of 234.67, joined forces with Larsen today missing the top spot by 10 pins to sit in second place with 2806 (233.83). Andersson and Jansson slipped to third place with 2787.

Qualifying commences on Friday, Sept. 30, with Squads 14, 15 and 16 scheduled to start at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

2016ViennaOpenLogoThe 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, which will be held from Sept. 24 through Oct. 2 at Plus Bowling, a 32-laner in Vienna, Austria, is the 13th tournament on the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the last EBT “gold” event this season.

BowlingdigitalBannerFor the 14th consecutive year, Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the Vienna Open commencing Thursday, Sept. 29, all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Players will compete for total prize fund of 73.180 Euro – 62.950 € in Singles and 10.230 € in Doubles. The singles champion will walk away with the 7.000 € top prize, the first runner-up earns 5.000 € and the third and fourth-place finishers get 3.500 € and 2.500 €, respectively.

56 players will cash in Singles, which has a last-to-cash payout of 600 Euro. The doubles tournament will pay a 1.600 € first prize and a 20-place prize list (300 € last-to-cash).

Qualifying is traditionally organized as a doubles tournament offering dedicated prize money. Each duo must register to roll at least one six-game block. Unlimited re-entries – with the same partner or with different partners – are allowed. However, each player can cash only once with the same partner.

Qualifying will kick off Saturday, Sept. 24, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 1, with the final Squad 20 slated for 8 p.m. CEST. Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad scheduled for 11.30 p.m.

Women receive eight pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Total 56 players will qualify for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 2: the top 44 players from the overall qualifying standings (squads 1-20), the highest-positioned player from each of the first eight squads, who is not among the top 44 (total 8 players), and the top 4 players of the Desperado Squad.

The top 8 qualifying leaders receive a first-round bye. The other 48 players bowl six games scratch. The top 22 join the top 8 qualifiers in Round Two.

Those 30 players bowl another six games scratch after which the field is trimmed to the top 18, who carry the pinfall forward into the third round. After another six-game block the top 4 players with the highest 12-game total advance to the stepladder finals.

The No. 4 seed meets the No. 3 in the opening match and the winner takes on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the top seed for the title, the 7.000 Euro top prize and 150 European Bowling Tour ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).

2016EBTLogo2The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

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2016 Vienna Open Singles – Qualifying Standings after Squad 13/20

56 players, including the top 44 qualifiers, the highest-positioned player from each of the first 8 squads who was not among the top 44, and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals.

Doubles – Overall Standings
Singles Squad 13
Doubles Squad 13

300 games (1) – Jan Macek.

Herbert Bickel

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