Nidiffer led the field of 280 players from 28 countries, 239 men and 41 women, since Squad 5 with 1467, an average of 244.50. Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia was the best woman in second place with 1454 including 48 pins handicap.
Tommy Jones, United States, was third with 1434 and was followed by Martin Larsen of Sweden in fourth place with 1433.
Carsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark and Tore Torgersen (right) of Norway saved their best for the last qualifying squad. Hansen led Squad 20 with 1400 and an average of 233.33 to jump into fifth place with Torgersen mere 10 pins behin on 1390 to leap into six place.
Rounding out the top 8, who enjoy a first-round bye in Sunday’s finals, were Joonas Jehkinen of Finland in seventh place with 1386 while Dominic Barrett of England took the eighth and last spot with 1372.
The only other player of Squad 20, who moved above the cut line was American Chris Klerk who rebounded from a slow start (186, 199) with 266, 225, 235 and 202 to finish in 48th place with 1313.
The 51sth and final berth went to Perttu Jussila of Finland, Sandra Gongora (right) of Mexico and Maxime de Rooij of Germany, who all had 1312.
The top 51 are joined in the finals by one player each from squads 1-9 and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.
Manuel Mrosek of Germany rolled the highest game in the 55-player Desperado Squad with 255 and was followed by Marcus Bergendorff, Denmark (237), Michael Loos , Austria (235) and Erich Pisarski, Hungary, with 234.
Places 9 to 64 will return Sunday morning at 8 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) for the first round of the finals.
Chris Barnes & Tommy Jones (left, l-r), United States, won the Doubles competition which serves as the qualifier for Singles with 2773 total and an average of 231.08. The PBA stars split the 1.600 Euro top prize.
Craig Nidiffer & JR Raymond (right, r-l), United States, were just four pins behind to finsih in second place with 2769 (230.75) worth 1.200 Euro.
Third place belonged to Dave Wodka & Diana Zavjalova (right, r-l), USA/Latvia, who totaled 2679 (22325) including Zavjalova’s 48 pins handicap to earn 1.000 Euro. The top 20 doubles cashed for total 10.230 Euro.
The singles champion will walk away with the 7.000 € top prize, the runner-up earns 5.000 and the third and fourth-place finishers get 3.500 and 2.500, respectively. The winners of the doubles event will split 1.600 €.
The VO14 will be contested on the 38 feet 38 feet lane conditioning pattern with 24.605 mL volume oil total. Download the LaneMap™ Guide to get all information on Plus Bowling.
For the 12th consecutive Bowlingdigital will cover the 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open live from Plus Bowling in Vienna commencing Thursday, Oct. 2 all the way through to the stepladder finals on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 5.
Qualifying of the Vienna Open is traditionally contested as a Doubles tournament with separate prize money. Each duo must roll at least one six-game block. Unlimited re-entries – with the same partner or with different partners – are possible, but each player can only cash once with the same partner.
Due to a partnership agreement between the organizers of the Columbia 300 Vienna Open, the Track Dream-Bowl Palace Open in Munich, Germany, and the Brunswick Etna Open in Catania, Italy, every squad winner in the Vienna Open (the player with the highest six-game total including handicap) receives a free re-entry into the 2015 Track Open. The best Austrian player in qualifying earns a free entry and a free re-entry into the Etna Open 2015, while the second-best Austrian bowlers gets a free re-entry.
Qualifying runs from Monday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 4 with the final Squad 20 scheduled to start at 8 p.m. local time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 11.30 p.m. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in every event on the European Bowling Tour.
Total 64 players will qualify for the Vienna Open finals on Sunday, Oct. 5:
- the top 51 players from the overall qualifying standings (Squads 1-20)
- the highest-positioned player from each of the first nine squads, who is not among the top 51 (total 9 players)
- and the top 4 players from the Desperado Squad.
The top 8 qualifying leaders will receive a first-round bye. The other 56 players will bowl six games starting from scratch. The top 22 will join the top 8 qualifiers in Round Two.
Those 30 players will bowl another six games starting from scratch after which the field will be trimmed to the top 18, who will carry the pinfall forward into Round Three. After another six-game block the top 4 players with the highest 12-game total will 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 EBT ranking points.
Columbia 300, which sponsors the Vienna Open for the 10th consecutive year, offers the Columbia Perfect Game Award and the Columbia Early Bird Award. 300 U.S. Dollar will be awarded for the first 300 game in the tournament, which will be bowled with a ball manufactured by Columbia 300. The winners of Squad 1-6 (Sept. 29-30), will receive a $ 200 bonus by Columbia 300 if they were wearing a C300 shirt and used a C300 bowling ball.
The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund is almost one million 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 compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.
No changes in the top 33 as qualifying of 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open nears conclusion
Joonas Jehkinen shoots his second 1380-plus series to lead Squad 18 in Vienna
Martin Larsen becomes fourth player in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open to surpass 1400-mark
No changes atop the leaderboard in Vienna Open in the late night squad on Friday
Tommy Jones, Joonas Jehkinen move into 3rd and 4th place in Squad 15 at Vienna Open
Dominic Barrett wins Squad 14 to move into top 8 in Vienna Open Qualifying
Diana Zavjalova shoots into second place in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
Ida Andersson, Paul Moor move into top 8 in Squad 12 at 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
Denmark’s Mik Stampe rolls 1230 series in Squad 11 to leap into third place in Vienna
Dutch Jeroen van Geel finishes 2nd, 1st in Squads 7 & 8 to move into second place in qualifying
Americans Nidiffer, Novak take qualifying lead in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
Daniel Vezis takes early lead in 12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
12th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Preview
Mika Koivuniemi shoots big to win the 11th Columbia 300 Vienna Open
2014 European Bowling Tour – Schedule, Champions and Money-breakdown
2014 EBT Point Rankings by Bowlingdigital – Men and Women
The top 51 qualifiers and the highest-positioned player from each of the first nine squads, who was not among the top 51 (places 52-60) and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad (places 61-64) advance to the finals.
Singles Squad 20 Results
300 games – (2) Mario Quinreo (Mexico), Richard Teece (England).
Doubles Squad 20 Results
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