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Bowling News USA - October 5, 2012 Roto Grip Staffer Stu Williams Has a Day in Vienna...

The eighth qualifying squad was the highest scoring squad so far at the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with Roto Grip staff member Stuart Williams of England taking the lead in Singles and Doubles Thursday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. 

Williams, who became England's first PBA champion in the 2011-12 PBA World Series of Bowling, fired games of 228, 274, 228, 287, 259 and 268 for 1544 six game total, an average of 257.33, to overtake previous leader and fellow PBA bowler Dan MacLelland of Canada by 144 pins. 

The six-time European Bowling Tour champion teamed with 2007 Vienna Open champion Dennis Eklund who added 1246 pins, en route to move to the top of the leaderboard of 174 doubles with 2790 and an average of 232.50. 

Williams has won the Doubles event twice, both times with a woman. In 2007 he teamed with Tina Hulsch of Germany to win with 2904 and in 2009 he joined forces with Clara Guerrero of Colombia to win with 2795. 

Five more players of Squad 8 moved into the top 8, who will receive a first-round bye at the end of the qualifying. 13-time PBA champion Tommy Jones, silver medalist at the World Singles Championships last month, had 1388 to leap into third place with Denmark's Thomas Larsen in fourth place at 1385 and reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash in fifth place at 1382. 

England's Mike Quarry checked in with 1371 in sixth place. Liz Johnson, United States, led the seventh qualifying squad with 1365 fell from second to seventh place and is the best of 43 women in the 217-player field from 23 countries. 

Her compatriot, USBC Queens champion, Missy Parkin was the best woman in Squad 8 with 1362 including 48 pins handicap to overtake eighth place. Roman Fürbacher of Austria holds the 52nd and last place to advance with 1232 or an average of 205.33. 

Jones and Dino Castillo moved into second place in Doubles with 2708 and were followed by Rash and Mika Koivuniemi of Finland with 2704. Previous leaders Johnson and Kelly Kulick slipped to fourth place with 2692. 

Qualifying continues on Thursday with Squad 9 scheduled for 8 p.m. CEST. 

The 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 16th stop of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and the last of four EBT "Gold" tournaments (the second-highest category) this season. Players will compete for an increased total prize fund of75.130 Euro (approx. $100,000) - 64.900 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event.

The singles champion will receive the 7.000 € top prize, the runner-up earns 5.000 and the third and fourth-place finishers get 3.500 and 2.500 Euro, respectively. The doubles champions will split 1.600 €.

The 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open will also award a PBA Tour title if won by a PBA member or a PBA international member. 


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October, 2012