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Germany’s Oliver Morig cracks the top 8 in 14th C300 Vienna Open


2016EBT01PeterHellstromOliver Morig of Germany led the 17th qualifying squad at the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with 1460 to leap from 41swt (1314) to third place in the overall standings.

2016EBT13DomBarrettPeter Hellström (right) 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.

2016EBT13IdaAnderssonMorig (pictured above) had games of 212, 244, 223, 256, 279 and 246, an average of 243.33 over six games, and tied Ida Andersson (right) of Sweden at 1460. By virtue of having the lowest game (212 to 220) resulting in the higher five-game series (1251 to 1240), Morig was seeded third and Andersson fourth.

2016EBT13ChrisSloanChris Sloan (left) a two-handed player from Ireland slipped to fifth place with 1457, including one of two perfect games in this tournament. Mik Stampe of Denmark led squad 18 with 1413, 30 pins less than his best attempt in squad 12. Stampe and his compatriot Carsten Warming Hansen (below right) slipped to sixth and seventh place with 1443, respectively.

2016EBT13CarstenWarmingHansenWith two more squads to go, Aleksei Parshukov of Russia holds the 8th and last spot to receive a first-round bye for tomorrow’s finals with 1429 (238.17).

2016EBT11MartinPaulssonThomas Larsen of Denmark, who finished fourth in last year’s Vienna Open, became the 14th member of the 1400-club as he hit 1400 on the nose in squad 18. Martin Paulsson (left) of Sweden was next to Morig in squad 17 with 1392, good for 16th place.

2016EBT13AnneliBlomqvistRay Teece of England, who is looking to win his second career EBT title and the second this season was just one pin behind to move into 17th place with 1391.

Anneli Blomqvist (right) of Sweden was third in the morning squad with 1372, including handicap, to sit 46 pins above the cut line in 24th place. Alessandro Santu of Italy currently holds the 44 and last place to advance with 1326 and an average of 221. For comparison, in 2015 44th place was 1335.

2016EBT13NadineGeisslerOliverMorigOnce again, there were no changes atop the doubles leaderboard. Stampe teamed with Sandra Andersson of Sweden in squad 18 to move into sixth place with 2715, while Morig and Nadine Geissler (left) of Germany led squad 17 with 2699, good for seventh place in the standings.

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

Qualifying commences on Saturday, Oct. 1, with squad 19 and 20 scheduled to start at 4 and 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 18/20

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 17
Doubles Squad 17
Singles Squad 18
Doubles Squad 18

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

Herbert Bickel

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