Norway's Tore Torgersen leads Squad 10 and moves into fourth place in qualifying in Oslo


    2012 European Bowling Tour #17

    The top 8 of Squad 10 crack the top 36; Sweden's Joline Persson-Planefors is the best of 16 women in 12th place; cut for 36th place is up to 1262 (210.33)

    2012EBT17ToreTorgersen.jpg2012EBT17JolinePerssonPlanefors.jpgNorwegian standout Tore Torgersen (pictured left) averaged 233 in the 10th qualifying squad of the 2012 Norwegian Open Friday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo en route to move into fourth place in the overall qualifying standings with 1398 total. The former World and European Champion rebounded from a slow start (166) with games of 278, 205, 244, 236 and 269.

    Tanner Spacey, United States, continued to lead the field of 130 players from England, Israel, Russia, Sweden, U.S. and the host country Norway with 1472 total and an average of 245.33. Spacey also has the tournament's lone 300 game so far.

    Mikael Roos of Sweden remained in second place with 1423 followed by compatriot Peter Hellström in third place with 1401.

    2012EBT17LarsChristianNygard.jpg2012EBT17MariannIngvoldstadSvenAkeEk.jpgTwo-time European champion and 2011 European Bowling Tour women's point ranking leader, Joline Persson-Planefors (above right), was second to Torgersen in Squad 10 with 1338 including 48 pins handicap to overtake Monica Lislien (15th; 1328), Norway, by 10 pins to become the best of 16 women in the field in 12th place.

    Next was Lars-Christian Nygård (left) of Norway, who used a high game of 255 for 1321, good for 19th place overall. Svein Åke Ek (pictured right with Mariann Ingvoldstad), Norway, was mere six pins behind to overtake 23rd place with 1315.

    2012EBT17PatTorgersen.jpg2012EBT17RebeckaLarsen.jpgNorwegian national team member Pat Torgersen (left) was the fifth and last player in Squad 10, who surpassed the 1300-mark. Torgersen toppled 1253 pins to leap into 27th place with 1301 total including handicap.

    Two-time European champion Rebecka Larsen (right) of Sweden was seven pins behind the Norwegian with 1294 to become the fourth woman above the cut line in 29th place.

    Audun Boye Hansen of Norway and Israel's Ben Fishler (below right) squeezed into the top 36 to currently sit in 32nd and 35th place with 1279 and 1274, respectively. Christer Aker, Norway, is the man "on the bubble" in 36th place with 1262 and an average of 210.33.

    Qualifying continues Friday, Oct. 12 with Squads 11 & 12 scheduled for 5 and 9 p.m. CEST.

    2012NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg 2012EBT17BenFishler.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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