The 15-time PBA champion had games of 213, 206, 290, 268, 191 and 266 to trail qualifying leaders Craig Nidiffer (1467), United States, and Diana Zavjalova (1454) of Latvia, by 33 and 20 pins, respectively.
Jones teamed with 17-time PBA titlist and fellow Team USA member Chris Barnes (23rd; 1339) to overtake previous leaders Nidiffer & JR Raymond by four pins, 2773 to 2769, in the Doubles competition.
Lefty Joonas Jehkinen (left) of Finland was second to Jones in squad 15 with 1386 including five games between 227 and 247 and a low game of 208 to leap into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings.
Dominic Barrett (right) of England and Thomas Larsen of Denmark fell two spots to fifth and sixth place with 1372 and 1369, respectively.
5-time EBT and 4 PBA champion Mike Fagan (left), United States, toppled 1368 pins, an average of 228, to push World Youth Championships Doubles gold medalist Markus Jansson of Sweden to eighth place with 1364.
Jansson’s teammate, WYC Masters champion Jesper Svensson (right) missed the top 8 by two pins to sit in ninth place with 1362. The top 8 after Saturday’s Squad 20 will receive a first-round bye for Sunday’s finals.
With 267 players from 28 counties in the books, two-time European champion and two-time EBT women’s point raking leader Joline Persson Planefors (2011, 2013) currently holds the 51st and last spot to make the qualifying cut with 1282 including 48 pins handicap.
Qualifying continues on Friday, October 3, with Squad 16 starting at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and commences Saturday with Squads 17-20 and the Desperado Squad, which will conclude the qualifying.
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.
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
Singles Squad 15 Results
Doubles Squad 15 Results