Britt Brøndsted shoots into third place; becomes the top-positioned female bowler in Oslo


    2012 European Bowling Tour #17

    Three-time European Bowling Tour women's point ranking leader totals 1412; another six men of Squad 12 position themselves above the cut line; cut for 36th place rises by twenty pins to 1294 (215.67)

    2012EBT17BrittBrondsted2.jpg2012EBT17TannerSpacey.jpgBritt Brøndsted (pictured left) of Denmark, who arrived in Oslo earlier today, averaged 227.33 for the first six games at 26-lane Veitvet Bowling Center to shoot into third place in the overall qualifying standings of the Norwegian Open 2012 by Brunswick.

    The 31-year-old right-hander, who won the European Bowling Tour women's point ranking for three consecutive years (2004-06), averaged over 240 for the first four games scoring between 236 and 245. Brøndsted then suffered a low game of 183 before she closed the set with 214 for 1364 scratch and 1412 including 48 pins handicap.

    2012EBT17MikaelRoos.jpg2012EBT17PeterHellstrom.jpgThe 2003 World Ranking Masters champion is the best of 24 women in the 164-player field from nine countries and one of six in the top 36, who will survive the first cut on Saturday night.

    Tanner Spacey (above right), United States, held on to the lead with 1472 total and an average of 245.33. Spacey also has the tournament's lone 300 game so far. Mikael Roos (left) of Sweden remained in second place with 1423.

    Peter Hellström (right; 1401), Sweden, and the top Norwegian bowler in the field, Tore Torgersen (1398) fell one spot to fourth and fifth place, respectively.

    2012EBT17FilipWilhelmsson.jpg2012EBT17PaulStott.jpgAnother six men positioned themselves above the cut line, which went up by twenty pins during Squad 12. Swedish youth national team member Filip Wilhelmsson (left) had a 1339 series including a 267 game but missed his high series from Friday evening (1357; 11th place) by 18 pins. Ireland's Paul Stott (right) was next with 1331 to leap into 17th place overall.

    Magnus Johnson Jr., the son of legendary former Swedish national coach Magnus Johnson used high games of 243 and 267 to leap into 20th place with 1326. Øyvin Kulseng, Norway, was seven pins and seven places behind Johnson in 27th place with 1319 including a 269 opening game.

    2012EBT17SveinRogerOlsen2.jpg2012EBT16RebeckaLarsen.jpgLong-time Norwegian national team member Svein Roger Olsen (left) had a high game of 237 and a pair of 225s and a pair of 207s in 1295 series to overtake 34th place. His compatriot Morten Vestneshagen was just one pin behind Olsen to tie Rebecka Larsen (right) of Sweden at 1294, a 215.67 average.

    Vestneshagen was ranked 35th while two-time European champion Larsen is "on the bubble" due to the Norwegians higher last game, 227-190.

    Qualifying concludes Saturday, Oct. 13, with the final four squads 13-16, scheduled for 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CEST.

    2012NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg The 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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