Sandbækken, Hansen win individual titles in the 2012 Norwegian National Championships



    Thorstensen/Torgersen and Rudshagen/Sjøgren claim gold in Doubles competition

    2012NORNCMadsSandbakkenAndreaHansen.jpgPast European champion Mads Sandbækken and 16-year-old Andrea E. Hansen (pictured left) claimed the men's and women's titles in the 2012 Norwegian National Championships which were held at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway from May 9-13.

    Heidi Thorstensen and Patcharin Torgersen took the women's Doubles titles, while Bjørn Einar Rudshagen and Jonas Sjøgren set a new national record to win the men's Doubles gold.

    The 2012 Norwegian Nationals drew 287 players - 66 women and 221 men - who participated in Singles and Doubles competition. The championships were contested on the Kegel Challenge Series Middle Road (39 feet) lane conditioning pattern.

    All players bowled six games in the Doubles event on Wednesday and Friday. The top 64 men and 32 women advanced to the Singles finals on Saturday with the pinfall total being carried forward.

    After another six-game block the field was trimmed to 32 men and 16 women, respectively, who rolled another six games to cut to 12 men and 8 women, who advanced to the match play finals on Sunday. The players with the highest total after 29 (men) and 25 (women) games were declared the 2012 National champions.

    2012NORNCTop3WomenDoubles.jpgLong-time Norwegian national team members Heidi Thorstensen (1231) and Patcharin Torgersen (1241) captured the Women's Doubles title with 2472 six-game total and a team average of 206.

    Monica Lislien, who rolled the highest series (1261), and Line Berg Almestrand (1186) were 25 pins behind to earn the silver medal with 2447. The bronze medal went to Grethe Andersen (1196) and Trine Horgen (1162), who were a distant third with 2358. The top 3 duos came from reigning Norwegian leagues champion Solli BK.

    2012NORNCTop3MenDoubles.jpgOn the men's side, Bjørn Einar Rudshagen (1449) and his team mate Jonas Sjøgren (1408) were the players who both cracked the 1400-bar to cruise to the title with record 2837 pinfall or a team average of 238.08.

    Mads Sandbækken (1438) and Svein Roger Olsen (1361) were 58 pins behind to secure the silver medal with 2799. Kenneth Haukås, who posted the highest series (1462) and Stefan Palmèr (1274) took the bronze medal with 2737.

    2012NORNCTop3Men.jpgOlson, a long-time Norwegian international, led the top 12 men into the finals averaging 232 for 18 games. However past European Championships Masters champion Sandbækken, who was in second place, bowled in his own league in round robin averaging 243.36 for eleven games to cruise to the Men's Singles titles with 7038 total including 255 bonus pins.

    Former World and European champion Tore Torgersen (right) was 350 pins behind to take the silver medal with 6688, just ten pins ahead of Doubles champion Rudshagen (left), who had to settle for bronze with 6678.

    2012NORNCTop3Women.jpg16-year-old Norwegian youth national team member Andrea E. Hansen used series of 1215 (Doubles), 1243 and 1266 for 3724 18-game total, an average of 206.89, to lead the top 8 women into the round robin finals. Hansen averaged over 211 to maintain the pole position and to win the title with 5312 pinfall total including 110 pins bonus.

    Doubles champion Thorstensen (right) missed her second title by 25 pins finishing in second place with 5287. Another Norwegian youngster, Sandra Bakken (left), who made the final cut in eighth place, averaged 218.71 in match play to leap five spots and to claim the bronze medal with 5147.


    Women's Singles - Final Standings

    Top 8 after 25 games (18 games plus 7 games round robin)


    Men's Singles - Final Standings

    Top 12 after 29 games (18 games plus 11 games round robin)


    Women's Doubles - Final Standings (Top 10)


    Men's Doubles - Final Standings (Top 10)