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Dennis Eklund shoots 800 on his way into the top 8 in Vienna


Dennis Eklund of Sweden started his six-game block in squad 19 with 802 and added 642 to move into the top 8 in the overall qualifying standings of the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with only one squad to go on Saturday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

The former Swedish national team member and winner of the Vienna Open in 2007 (pictured above) fired games of 257, 279, 266, 226, 215 and 201 to leap into sixth place with 1444 and an average of 240.67.

2016EBT13OliverMorigPeter Hellström of Sweden continued to lead the 256-player field from 24 countries, 208 men and 48 women, with 1482 and an average of 247. Dom Barrett of England remained in second place with 1463 and was followed by Oliver Morig (right) of Germany and Ida Andersson of Sweden in third and fourth place with 1460.

2016EBT13ChrisSloanFifth place belonged to Chris Sloan, a two-handed player from Ireland, with 1457. Sloan was third in squad 19 with 1387.

2016EBT13JaroslavLorencRounding out the top 8 who will receive a first-round bye for the finals were Mik Stampe and Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark with 1443 or an average of 240.50.

Jaroslav Lorenc (right) of the Czech Republic, who was the first player who cracked the 1400-bar this week, was next to Eklund with 1403 and slipped to 13th place with the 1412 from squad 6.

2016WBTThailandOskuPalermaaOther players of squad 19, who positioned themselves above the cut line were Mathieu Bergès, Switzerland (27th, 1367), Joonas Jehkinen, Finland (31st, 1361), two-time Vienna Open champion Osku Palermaa (left), Finland (34th, 1352), Richard Teece, England (1350, is 35th with 1351), Michael Krämer (39th, 1344), Maxime DeRooij (40th, 1340) and Nadine Geissler, all Germany (41st, 1338).

2016EBT13JolenePerssonPlaneforsJoline Persson Planefors (right) of Sweden, who led the women’s ranking in Vienna last year missing the stepladder finals by one position, holds the 44th and last place to advance with 1335 or an average of 222.50, including handicap.

2016EBT13JoshBlanchardDennisEklundOnce again, there were no changes atop the doubles leaderboard. Eklund teamed with PBA-EBT champion Josh Blanchard (left, 1315), United States, to take over sixth place with combined pinfall total of 2759.

2016EBT13ChrisSloanJennyWegnerSloan and Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden continued to the lead the competition for extra prize money of more than 10.000 Euro with 2881. Jesper Agerbo of Denmark remained in second place and third place with his compatriots Hansen (2816) and Thomas Larsen (2806).

Qualifying commences on Saturday, Oct. 1, with squad 20 scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m.

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 19/20

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 19
Doubles Squad 19

300 games (2) – Jan Macek, Chris Sloan.

Herbert Bickel

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