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Ida Andersson owns Squad 15, jumps into second place


Ida Andersson of Sweden made a run at the lead in qualifying squad 15 at the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, but she finished three pins shy, moving into second place in the overall standings Friday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

Needing a good count and a spare in the 10th frame of game six, Andersson (pictured above) left the 2-5-8 combination on the first ball and got only one pin on the spare attempt to finish with 1460 total, including 48 pins handicap.

The No. 2 in the European Bowling Tour women’s ranking last season, had games of 253, 221, 231, 258, 220 and 229 for 1412 scratch, an average of 235.33.

2016EBT13DomBarrettDom Barrett (left) of England continued to lead the 220-player field from 23 countries, 38 women and 182 men, with 1463 and an average of 243.83.

2016EBT13ChrisSloanChris Sloan (right) of Ireland slipped one place to third with 1457. Mik Stampe and Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark were the only players from Thursday’s leaderboard who remained in the top 8 in fourth and fifth place with 1443.

2016EBT13JennyWegner2015 women’s EBT point ranking winner Jenny Wegner (left) and defending champion Jesper Svensson of Sweden fell to sixth and seventh place with 1424 and 1422, respectively.

2016EBT13JesperAgerboRounding out the top 8, who will earn a first-round bye for the finals, was Jesper Agerbo (right) of Denmark with 1414.

Andersson fellow countrywoman Joline Persson Planefors was second in squad 15 125 pins back with 1335, good for 29th place. Lukas Homola of Slovakia holds the 44th and last place to advance with 1307 or an average of 217.83.

2016EBT13AnneliBlomqvistJolenePerssonPlaneforsThree women doubles from Sweden led squad 15 and moved into the top 20 who will cash at the end of the qualifying. Andersson teamed with Casja Wegner to move into sixth place with 2688. Persson Planefors joined forces with Anneli Blomqvist (left, r-l) to take 11th with 2636 and Nina Flack and Isabelle Hultin (below right, l-r) squeezed into 19th place on 2588.

2016EBT13NinaFlackIsabelleHultinWegner and Sloan held on to the lead in the doubles competition which offers extra prize money of more than 10.000 Euro for the top 20 duos. Wegner (1424) and Sloan (1457) set the pace with 2881. Agerbo is second with Hansen at 2816 and third with Thomas Larsen, all of Denmark, at 2806.

Qualifying commences on Friday, Sept. 30, with squad 16 scheduled to start at 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 15/20

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 15
Doubles Squad 15

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

Herbert Bickel

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