Tanner Spacey shoots first 300 game of the Norwegian Open 2012 by Brunswick


    2012 European Bowling Tour #17

    American achieves perfection in his last game in Squad 7 en route to overtake the lead in qualifying with 1472 and an average of 237.17; cut for 36th place raises by 61 pins to 1242 (207.00)

    2012EBT17TannerSpacey.jpg2012EBT17PeterHellstrom.jpgTanner Spacey (pictured left) of the United States fired twelve clutch strikes in the last game of Squad 7 en route to shoot into the lead in the qualifying of the Norwegian Open 2012 by Brunswick Thursday evening at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    The 18-year-old right-hander started with games of 247, 252, 221 and 197, then switched from a 16 lbs. to a 15 lbs. bowling ball and closed out his set with 255 and 300 to tale a 49-pin lead with 1472 total and an average of 245.33.

    Previous leader Mikael Roos of Sweden fell to second place with 1423 and was followed by compatriot Peter Hellström (above right), who was second to Spacey with 1401 including high games of 266, 247, 246 and 237.

    2012EBT17MadsSandbakken.jpg2012EBT17ThomasFredrikFagerstrom.jpgBjørn Einar Rudshagen was the best Norwegian in fourth place with 1383. Former World Youth Champion and European Champion in Masters, Mads Sandbækken (left), Norway totaled 1337 pins in squad 7 to leap into ninth place in the overall qualifying standings.

    Alexander Medveditskov was 13 pins behind to move into 12th place with 1324, followed by Lars Lindbäck (1319) of Sweden and Thomas Fredrik Fagerstrøm (right; 1303) of Norway in 15th and 18th place, respectively. Martin Olsen of Norway holds the 36th and last place to advance to the finals with 1242 and an average of 207.

    2012EBT17PatTorgersen.jpg2012EBT17MiriamLindgaardStivang.jpgNorwegian national team members Monica Lislien and Pat Torgersen (left) are the only women in the top 36 in 11th and 27th place with 1328 and 1257, respectively. Their team mate Heidi Thorstensen was the best female bowler in Squad 7 with 1242 including 48 pins women's handicap to sit in 37th place due to the lower last game than Olsen (202 to 228).

    Miriam Lindgaard Stivang (39th; 1239) of Norway and former Swedish national team member Christel Carlsson (57th; 1170) and her daughter Åsa Carlsson (75th, 1125; pictured below) brought the number of female participants to 13.

    Qualifying continues Thursday, Oct. 11 with Squad 8 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST.

    2012NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg 2012EBT17AsaChristelCarlsson.jpgThe Norwegian Open 2012 by Brunswick, which will be held from Oct. 5-14 at 26-lane Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, is the 17th event of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and the sixth out of seven EBT "Satellite" tournaments this season.

    Players will compete for an increased total prize fund of approx. 25.700 Euro (194.000 Norwegian Kronor). The eventual winner will receive the 3.980 € top prize (30.000 NOK), the runner-up earns 2.650 (20.000 NOK) and the third finisher get 1.990 Euro (15.000 NOK), respectively.

    The qualifying of the Norwegian Open runs from Friday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 13 and concludes with Squad 16 scheduled for 9 p.m. local time (CEST). Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour

    A total of 40 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, Oct. 14:
    • the top 36 players from the overall qualifying standings
    • two players from a separate leaderboard of Squad 1-6, who are not among the top 36
    • and one player each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list (highest score in qualifying game 5 and 6, respectively; separate fee necessary).

    The top 8 qualifiers receive three byes, players in 9th through 16th place earn two byes and places 17-24 bypass the first round of the finals. The remaining 16 players will start the finals which consist of five three-game rounds.

    Each of the first four rounds starts at scratch with the top eight players advancing while players in 9th through 16th place are eliminated. The field will be trimmed to 32, 24, 16 and then eight players, who will determine the champion in a final three-game round with the pinfall from Round 4 carried over.

    The player with the highest six-game total in Round 4 and 5 will earn the title, 50 ranking points and the 30.000 NOK top prize.

    Bowlingdigital will cover the Norwegian Open 2012 live from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo with stories and results after each round. Live coverage commences Oct. 11 with qualifying Squad 7 all the way through to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 14.

    2012EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 19 events in 16 countries including two Platinum, four Gold, six Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament such as the Norwegian Open gets 50 ranking points.

    Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the sixth EBT Masters in Bratislava, Slovakia in Sept. 2013.


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