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Leo Grundschober moves into second place in Vienna


Leo Grundschober of Austria led squad 8 on Tuesday evening with 1358 to move into second place in the overall qualifying standings in the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, currently underway at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

2016EBT13JaroslavLorencGrundschober (pictured above) averaged 226.33 including games of 222, 227, 202, 239, 243 and 225 on his home turf to improve on a 1345 series and to leap one spot in the standings.

2016EBT13JanMacekJaroslav Lorenc (left) of the Czech Republic continued to lead the 134-player field from 12 countries with 1412 and an average of 235.33. His fellow countryman Jan Macek (right) slipped to third place with 1347, including the tournament’s lone 300 game.

2016EBT13MichaelKramerMichael Krämer (left) of Germany fell to fourth place on 1344. Compatriot Christoph Susen (below right) finished squad 7 Tuesday afternoon with 257 and 276 to win the squad with 1337 total (222.83) and to jump into fifth place.

2016EBT13ChristophSusenBy virtue of leading one of the first eight squads, Grundschober and Susen will earn automatic berths in the finals in case they will not finish in the top 44 in the final qualifying standings. If they finish in the top 44, the automatic spot goes to the next qualifier in order in the respective squad.

Alexander Rauscher of Austria was second in squad 8 with 1329 to leap into sixth place and to push back Dirk Dreyer of Germany to seventh place with 1318.

Tamara Adler of Austria is the best of 20 women in the field in eighth place with 1310, including eight pins handicap each games.

With the first eight qualifying squads completed, Walter Rieger of Austria holds the 44th and last place to advance with 1172 and an average of 195.33.

Lorenc and his compatriot Marek Talpa held on to the lead in the doubles competition which offers extra prize money for the top 20 duos during the qualifying. The Czech duo holds the pole position with 2688 total and a combined average of 224.

Thomas Gross, Austria, and Krämer sit in second place with distant 2591, while Grundschober and his compatriot Daniel Hahn moved into third place with 2541.

Qualifying commences on Wednesday, Sept. 28, with squad 9 scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Squad 10 has been canceled.

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 8/20

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 7
Doubles Squad 7
Singles Squad 8
Doubles Squad 8

300 games (1) – Jan Macek.

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