European Bowling News Overview

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/11/15

Sweden's Flack, Persson Planefors set the tone in Round 1 at Norwegian Open

Swedish women's national team members roll 740 and 714 series to lead the top 8 players into the second round

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Swedish women's national team members Nina Flack and Joline Persson Planefors paced the first three-game round to start the finals of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick. Flack (l.) was a symbol of consistency rolling games of 235, 245 and 236 for 740 total, including eight pins handicap each game. Her teammate Persson Planefors (r.) improved with each game she bowled and finished with 217, 225 and 248 for a 714 effort.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/10/15

Qualifying winner Mads Sandbækken targets to win his third title at Norwegian Open

Norwegian lefty finishes atop the 208-player leaderboard with 1561 and an average of 260.17; Svein √Öke Ek (NOR) qualifies straight for the finals from the last squad; Nina Flack (SWE) fights her way into the semi-finals; Jens Mathiesen (NOR) shoots the third perfecto; 60 players survive the qualifying cut; score to make the cut in 42nd place is 1364 (227.33 average)

2015EBT15SveinAkeEk_small.jpg The 23rd and last qualifying squad in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick was full of drama and excitement with lots to offer for everybody. Norwegian national team member Svein √Öke Ek (pictured) waited until the very last moment to book his spot for Sunday's finals. Ek started his six games with 202, 277 and 279 followed by low games of 189 and 188 before he closed out with 259 for 1394 total to jump into 28th place, the last place to earn one bye for the semi-final round.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/10/15

Swedish women set the pace in penultimate qualifying squad at Norwegian Open

Jenny Wegner, Victoria Johansson crack the 1400-bar in Squad 22; Norway's Mads Sandbækken leads the 207-player field with 1561 and an average of 260.17; No. 42 score to beat to advance is up to 1364 (227.33 average)

2015EBT15TeamSweden2_small.jpgSwedish women's national team members Jenny Wegner and Victoria Johansson both cracked the 1400-bar to pace the 22nd and penultimate qualifying squad at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick. Wegner (far right), who sits in fourth place with 1470, rolled another 1419-series to become the third woman to win a squad in Oslo. Her team mate Johansson (second from left) used games of 212, 258, 179, 245, 286 and 181 for 1409, including handicap, to jump from 85th to 24th place.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/10/15

Tor Inge Jansen dominates Squad 21 as Norwegian Open surpasses 200-player mark

Norwegian rolls 1424 series to leap into 15th place; Mads Sandbækken is unchallenged at the top of the leaderboard with 1561 and an average of 260.17; No. 42 score to beat to advance remains at 1359 (226.50 average)

2015EBT15TorIngeJansen3_small.jpg The battle for the 42 spots to compete in the semi-final and final rounds at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick is becoming intense as the three squads on Saturday conclude the qualifying at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo. Starting the final qualifying day just one spot below the cut line, Tor Inge Jansen (pictured) of Norway dominated Squad 21 with 1424 pinfall to leap from 43rd to 15th place in the overall standing. Jansen became the 25th player who surpassed the 1400-mark.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/09/15

Mathias Reinertsen, Arnar David Jonsson add their names to the leaderboard in Oslo

Norwegian, Icelandic lead Squad 20 to move into the top 42; Mads Sandbækken stays in command of the leaderboard heading into the final qualifying day; Norwegian leads the 196-player field with 1561 and an average of 260.17; No. 42 score to beat to advance is 1359 (226.50 average)

2015EBT15MathiasReinertsen_small.jpg2015EBT15ArnarDavidJonsson_small.jpgMathias Reinertsen (l.) of Norway and Arnar David Jonsson (r.) of Iceland led Squad 20 Friday night at Veitvet bowling center to add their names to the leaderboard in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick. Two-time Norwegian Open champion Mads Sandbækken (r.) of Norway leads the 196-player from Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden and Norway since Squad 18 with 1561 (221, 215, 279, 300, 278 and 268) and an average of 260.17.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/09/15

Anneli Blomqvist becomes the second female squad winner at Norwegian Open

Swede averages 229 to leap into 16th place with 1422 total; Norway's Mads Sandbækken rules the 194-player field with 1561 (260.17 average); No. 42 score to beat to advance is up to 1355 (225.83 average)

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Anneli Blomqvist (pictured) became the second female squad winner at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick and the 24th player who surpassed the 1400-mark when the Swede totaled 1422 in the 19th of 23 qualifying squads Friday evening at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway. Blomqvist, whose previous high series was 1242, rocketed from 87th to 16th place, which would guarantee her a spot in Final Round three. Mads Sandbækken of Norway leads the 194-player field with 1561 or an average of 260.17.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/09/15

Mads Sandbækken averages over 260 to power his way into the lead in Oslo

Two-time Norwegian Open winner shoots 1561 including the tournament's second perfecto; Sweden's Jenny Wegner moves into fourth place with 1470; No. 42 score to beat to advance is now 1352 (225.33 average)

2015EBT15MadsSandbakken2_small.jpgTwo-time Norwegian Open champion Mads Sandbækken (pictured) of Norway averaged 260.17 in Squad 18 at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick to power his way into the lead of the European Bowling Tour "satellite" event. The former European champion, who has won the biggest tournament in his country in 2009 and 2010 and finished second four times, started his set with solid 221 and 215 before he caught fire and closed with a strike fest: 279, 300, 278 and 268. He totaled 1125 for the last four games, an average of 281.25.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/09/15

Robin Asbjörnsen is the lone player to make the top 42 from Squad 17

Swede rolls 1376 on Friday morning to leap from 66th to 27th place; Jimmy Mortensen (DEN) is the tournament leader with 1514; No. 42 score to beat to advance improves to 1340 (223.33 average)

2015EBT15RobinAsbjornsen_small.jpgRobin Asbjörnsen (pictured) of Sweden averaged 229.33 Friday morning at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, to leap from 66th to 27th place in the qualifying of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick. Asbjörnsen had games toppled 1376 pins and was the lone player in Squad 17 who made the cut to the top 42, who will make the first cut on Saturday evening. Tournament leader Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark leads the 174-player field since Thursday's Squad 14 with 1514 total (252.33).

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/09/15

Ireland's Chris Sloan brings the number of 1400-series at the Norwegian Open to 20

Jimmy Mortensen (DEN) holds on to the lead with the lone 1500-series; Sloan and Tore Rokkones (NOR) move into top 42 in Thursday evening's Squad 16; 42nd place √ėyvind Haugen improves his position; currently a three-way tie for 42nd place on 1335 (222.50)

2015EBT15ChrisSloan_small.jpgIrish two-handed player, Christopher Sloan (pictured) led Squad 16 on Thursday evening with 1425 to bring the number of 1400-series at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick to 20 and to jump from 76th to 11th place in the overall qualifying standings. Sloan had games of 202, 268, 233, 236, 248 and 238 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, an average of 237.50 for six games. Tore Rokkones and √ėyvind Haugen of Norway tied at 1367 (227.83) to sit in 30th and 31st place heading into the last two qualifying days.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/08/15

Martin Larsen becomes the 20th player to crack the 1400-bar in Oslo

Swede rolls 1418 in Squad 15 to leap into 15th place; Jimmy Mortensen (DEN) holds on to the lead with 1514; No. 42 score to beat is 1320 (220 average)

2015EBT15MartinLarsen_small.jpgEight-time European Bowling Tour champion Martin Larsen (pictured) of Sweden became the 20th player at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick who cracked the 1400-bar at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway. The World and European champion had games of 222, 275, 236, 236, 235 and 214 to lead the 15th qualifying squad with 1418, an average of 236.33, to leap into 15th place in the overall qualifying standings. Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark continued to lead the 164-player field with 1514 (252.33).

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/08/15

Jimmy Mortensen becomes the first player to crack the 1500-bar at Norwegian Open

Dane averages 252.33 in Squad 14 to lead the 153-player field with 1514; four Swedish bowlers surpass the 1400-mark; Swede Mikael Roos rolls the first 300 game; No. 42 score to beat to advance raises by 47 pins to 1310 (218.33 average)

2015EBT15JimmyMortensen_small.jpgJimmy Mortensen (pictured) became the first player who cracked the 1500-bar at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick as he averaged 252.33 in the first of three squads on Thursday (14th overall) at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway. The Dane, who is still trying to win his first title on the European Bowling Tour, fired games of 259, 256, 259, 214, 279 and 247 for 1514 total to overtake previous leader Ida Andersson (right) of Sweden by 38 pins. Swede Mikael Roos rolled the first 300 game in this year's event.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/07/15

No changes atop the leaderboard in Wednesday's Squad 12 at Norwegian Open

Swedish siblings Ida and Pontus Andersson continue to lead the 137-player field as qualifying surpasses the halfway point; No. 42 score to beat to advance to the semifinals is now 1263 (210.50 average)

2015EBT15TomNilsen_small.jpgAlthough there were no changes at the top of the leaderboard after the conclusion of Squad 12, two competitors found their way into the top 42 at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick. Lars-Christian Nygård averaged 220 to lead a group of eleven Norwegian bowlers with 1320 but failed to improve his high series of 1378 and remained in 17th place. Kenneth Hermansen and Tom Nilsen (pictured) were close behind Nygård with 1317 and 1313, resp., to move into 31st and 32nd place.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/07/15

Tuesday's squad leaders Jensen, Fagerstr√łm crack the top 10 in Oslo

Swedish siblings Ida and Pontus Andersson continue to lead the 132-player field as qualifying nears the halfway point; No. 42 score to beat to advance to the semifinals is now 1259 (209.83 average)

2015EBT15BardJensen_small.jpg 2015EBT15ThomasFredrikFagerstrom2_small.jpgB√•rd Jensen (l.) and Thomas Fredrik Fagerstr√łm (r.) of Norway led the two squads Tuesday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, with 1424 and 1419, respectively, to crack the top 10 in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick as qualifying nears the halfway point. Swedish siblings Ida and Pontus Andersson continued to lead the 132-player field from Iceland, Sweden and Norway with 1476 and 1469, respectively.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/06/15

Ida Andersson overtakes her brother Pontus Andersson to take the lead in Oslo

Swedes sit atop the 128-player leaderboard with 1476 and 1469; another three players crack the 1400-bar in Monday's Squad 8 & 9; No. 42 score to beat to advance to the semifinals is currently 1244 (207.33 average)

2015EBT15IdaAndersson_small.jpgFour players cracked the 1400-bar in Monday's qualifying squads 8 & 9 to add their names to the leaderboard in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick currently underway at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway. Ida Andersson (pictured) of Sweden averaged 238 and added eight pins handicap each game for 1476 total to overtake her brother Pontus Andersson for the overall qualifying lead. Ida fired games of 267, 258, 221, 254, 208 and 220 in Squad 8 to lead a field of 128 bowlers from Norway, Sweden and Iceland.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/05/15

Pontus Andersson takes over qualifying lead at Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick

Swede leads a field of 111 players after 7 of 23 squads with 1469 total and an average of 244.83; youngsters Jens Mathiesen, Alida Molander crack the 1400-bar

2015EBT15PontusAndersson_small.jpgWorld Youth champion Pontus Andersson (pictured left) of Sweden posted a 1469 series in the fifth qualifying squad Sunday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, to overtake the lead in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick. Andersson, who won the gold medal in Doubles at the 2014 World Youth Championships in Hong Kong with Markus Jansson, fired games of 237, 279, 224, 236, 247 and 246, an average of 244.83, to overtake previous leader Tor-√ėyvind Lunde of Norway by just two pins.

2015 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/15

Jesper Svensson wins his fifth career EBT title in 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

20-year-old Swede defeats fellow two-handed player Osku Palermaa in the title match, 223-209, to become the first multiple champion this season

2015EBT14TJesperSvensson3_small.jpgIn a championship match between two of the best two-handed players in the world, Jesper Svensson of Sweden waited until the last frame to celebrate a 223-209 victory over Finland's Osku Palermaa to win the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Sunday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. It was the fifth career European Bowling Tour title for Svensson, who became the first multiple champion on the 2015 Tour and received 7.000 Euro top prize for his victory.

2015 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/15

Stuart Williams shoots 1450 in the second round of the Vienna Open finals

Leads the top 18 players into the third and final six-game round before the cut to the top 4 for the stepladder finals

2015EBT14StuartWilliams2_small.jpg2015EBT14ThomasLarsen3_small.jpgSix-time European Bowling Tour champion Stuart Williams (l.) of England averaged 241.67 in the second round of the finals at the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open to lead the top 18 players into the third and final six-game round before the cut to the stepladder finals this afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Williams, who carries over 1450 pins, holds a 23-pin buffer over second-place Thomas Larsen (r.) of Denmark, who toppled 1427 pins.

2015 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/15

Celie, Persson Planefors set the pace as finals got underway at 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Top 22 players of Round One join the top 8 qualifiers in the second round

2015EBT14LaurianeCelie_small.jpg2015EBT14JolinePerssonPLanefors_small.jpgLauriane Celie (l.) of France and Sweden's Joline Persson Planefors (r.) paced a field of 56 players as the finals of the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open got underway on early Sunday morning at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Celie totaled 1389 including eight pins handicap per game, an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events, while Persson Planefors had 1384, lead the top 22 players into the second round.

2015 European Bowling Tour #15

10/04/15

Hansen, Pedersen add their names to the leaderboard at Norwegian Open

Tor-√ėyvind Lunde held on to the lead with 1467; onsite coverage from Oslo commences Thursday, Oct. 8

2013EBT16AudunBoyeHansen_small.jpg2015EBT02GlennMartenPedersen_small.jpgAudun Boye Hansen (l.) and Glenn Morten Pedersen (r.) of Norway led the second and third qualifying squad Saturday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo to add their names to the leaderboard in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick. Hansen leaped into second place with 1443, while Pedersen took over fourth place with 1412. Squad Tor-√ėyvind Lunde, Norway, held on to the lead with 1467 and an average of 244.50 for six games.

2015 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/15

Tommy Jones improves by 33 pins to leap two spots into fifth place

Last year's runner-up shoots 1449 series in Squad 15; Joonas Jähi (FIN) holds on to the lead with 1473; with one more squad to go, No. 8 score to beat to earn one bye is 1412, while No. 52 score to beat to advance to Sunday's finals is 1307 (217.83 average)

2015EBT14TommyJones3_small.jpgStarting the penultimate qualifying squat at the 13th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in seventh place with 1416, just four pins ahead of eighth place which guarantees a first-round bye for Sunday's finals, 16-time PBA champion and last year's VO runner-up, Tommy Jones (pictured), United States, improved by 33 pins to leap two spots into fifth place with 1449 and an average of 241.50 for six games. Joonas Jähi of Finland leads the 263-player field from 26 countries, 67 women and 196 men, since Squad 7 with 1473 and an average of 245.50.

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