Glenn Morten Pedersen
of Ringerike bowling club (BK) captured both titles at the Norwegian Singles & Doubles Championships which were held at 18-lane Hønefoss Bowling in Hønefoss, Norway from April 26 through May 1.
Pedersen (above right) averaged almost 225 for 29 games to improve on a third-place finish in singles last year and joined forces with Mads Sandbækken for a come-from-behind victory in doubles at their home center.
Heidi Thorstensen (left) of Frogner BK had no problems to win back-to-back women’s singles titles outdistancing her nearest competitor by more than 300 pins. The mother-daughter duo, Tove and Grethe Walstad Fosseide cruised to the women’s doubles title.
296 players, 57 woman and 239 men, participated in the event, which was played on the Kegel Challenge Series Beaten Path lane conditioning pattern. All players bowled a six-game opening round which also counted as Doubles Championship if played with a partner.
Playing at their home center in front of a big number of supporters, Pedersen and Sandbækken (right) had a disastrous start into doubles. The favorites followed a 341 game with 452 and 392 before they closed out strong with 446, 488 and a huge 536 (Pedersen 277, Sandbækken 259) to rocket from sixth to first place.
Pedersen toppled 1337 pins and Sandbækken added 1318 for 2655 total, an average of 221.25, to overtake Kenneth Hermansen and Steinar F. Olsen by 27. The team member of Fredrikstad BK finished in second place with 2628 (219.00).
Christer Jakobsen and Tore Torgersen of Trondheim BK, who led the field heading into the last game, had to settle for third place with 2612 (217.67). Torgersen led all players with 1447 and an average of 241.17.
On the women’s side, Tove Walstad Fosseide (right) and her daughter Grethe Walstad Fosseide of Trondheim BK led the 21 doubles after the first game (456) and never looked back. They finished atop the leaderboard with 2474 total, an average of 206.17. Tove led the mother-daughter duo with 1281 and Grethe contributed 1193.
Celine Larsen and Tone Gustafsson of Solli BK won the silver medal with distant 2366 (197.17) just two pins ahead of Grace Kristiansen and Gerd Brandett, who took silver with 2364 (197.00). Heidi Thorstensen recorded the highest six-game block of 1435 but had no partner.
The top 32 women and the top 64 men in doubles advanced to the Singles quarterfinals with the six-game individual pinfall carried over.
Advancing players bowl six additional games before the field was cut to 16 women and 32 men. At the conclusion of the six-game semifinal round, the top 8 women and top 12 men determined the champions in match play finals in Petersen system (women 7 games, men 11 games; including bonus pins).
Pedersen’s 1337 was good for eighth place. He overtook the lead with 1418 in block 2 and widened his lead to 89 pins behind 1366 in round three. After finishing third in 2015, the long-time Norwegian national team member averaged 218 for his 11 match play games and added 205 bonus pins to cruise to the title.
Pedersen won the gold medal with 6724 total. For the second consecutive year, Bjørn Einar Rudshagen of Glåmdal BK settled for second place, with 6556. Tore Torgersen took the bronze medal with 6513.
Øyvin Kulseng set the highlight in the men’s finale by rolling the lone 300 game. Kulseng is one of the Norwegian youth players, who will be going to the World Youth Championships in Lincoln, Neb., USA, in late July.
Heidi Thorstensen, who led by 154 pins after six games added 1157 and 1207 to lead the women’s finalists by 185 pins and more heading into match play. She added the highest seven-game series of 1539, an average of 219.83, and 150 bonus pins to seal her second consecutive victory in singles with 5488 total.
Tove Walstad Fosseide was 306 pins behind to add a silver medal to the doubles gold with 5182. Åse Jacobsen Trondheim BK was further 105 pins behind her team mate to take bronze with 5077.
For the complete results, please click here.
Men’s Singles – Final Standings after 29 games including bonus pins
Women’s Singles – Final Standings after 25 games including bonus pins
Men’s Doubles – Final Standings after six games
Top 10 of 106 Doubles
Women’s Doubles – Final Standings after six games
Top 10 of 21 Doubles