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Michael Loos cracks top 8 as Vienna Open qualifying reaches halfway mark


Michael Loos of Austria rolled six games between 235 and 202 Wednesday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, to lead the 16 players in squad 9 and to crack the top 8 as the qualifying of the 14th Columbia 300 Vienna Open has reached the halfway mark.

However, squad 9 was the only squad that was played on Wednesday as squad 10 has been canceled due to the lack of players.

Loos (pictured above) posted games of 223, 235, 215, 223, 202 and 214 to improve his previous high score by seven pins and to move from 10th to eighth place in the standings. The top 8 at the end of the qualifying will earn a first-round bye.

Loos was the lone player who surpassed the 1300 mark.

2016EBT13JaroslavLorenc2016EBT13LeoGrundschoberJaroslav Lorenc (left) of the Czech Republic continued to lead the 135-player field from 12 countries with 1412 and an average of 235.33. Leo Grundschober (right) is the top Austrian bowler in second place with 1358.

Jan Macek, Czech Republic, remained in third place with 1347, including the tournament’s lone 300 game.

2016EBT13MichaelKramer2016EBT13ChristophSusenPlaces four through seven belonged to Germans Michael Krämer (left; 1344) Christoph Susen (right; 1337), Alexander Rauscher (1329) of Austria, who was second in squad 9 with 1247, and Dirk Dreyer (1318) of Germany.

Loos’ feat came at the expense of Tamara Adler of Austria, who slipped to ninth place and still is the best of 20 women in the field with 1310, including eight pins handicap each games.

With 10 qualifying squads to go over the next three days, Günter Schroll of Austria holds the 44th and last place to advance with 1178 and an average of 196.33.

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 remained in second place with distant 2591, while Loos and Rauscher teamed in squad 9 to leap into third place 2559.

Qualifying commences on Thursday, Sept. 29, with Squads 11 & 12 scheduled to start at 2 and 6 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 10/20

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 9
Doubles Squad 9
Squad 10 has been canceled.

300 games (1) – Jan Macek.

Herbert Bickel

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