October 08, 2012
Liz Johnson, United States, led the seventh qualifying squad of the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Thursday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, and teamed with fellow Team USA member Kelly Kulick to overtake the lead in Doubles.
Johnson had games of 222, 205, 190, 257, 229 and 214 for 1317 scratch, an average of 219.50 and added 8 pins handicap each game for 1365. The 12-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association titlist two-time WTBA World Champion leaped into second place in the overall qualifying standings. Dan MacLelland of Canada leads the field of 197 bowlers from 22 countries 1400 (233.33).
Kulick slipped one spot to third place with 1358. The 2012 U.S. Women’s Open winner was fourth in Squad 7 with 1327 and helped the duo to 2692 total to overtake previous Doubles leaders, MacLelleand and Clara Guerrero of Colombia (2666), by 26 pins.
Dane Frederik Øhrgaard had six games between 243 and 197 and moved into fouth place with 1349. Guerrero and Mik Stampe, Denmark, slipped to fifth and sixth place with 1346. Osku Palermaa had another 1346 series in Squad 6 to sit in seventh place due to the lowest last game (169).
Rounding out the top 8, who will receive a first-round bye at the end of the qualifying, was Riku Petteri Kivelae of Finland with 1327. Walter Gonaus of Austria holds the 52nd and last place to advance with 1202 or an average of 200.33.
Another three Doubles moved into the top 5 in Doubles. Palermaa and Mika Koivuniemi moved into third place with 2617 including a high game of 557 and a low game of 369. Andres Gomez of Colombia and USA’s Dino Castillo were fourth with 2582 and Sean Rash, United States, and Perttu Jussila of Finland were fifth with 2577.
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