Glenn Morten Pedersen; Raymond Jansson make a run for the lead at Norwegian Open


    2012 European Bowling Tour #17

    Norwegian international and legendary Swede position themselves right behind qualifying leader Tanner Spacey; Denmark's Kamilla Kjeldsen becomes the sixth woman above the cut line; cut for 36th place is now 1301 (216.83)

    2012EBT17GlennMortonPedersen2.jpg2012EBT17RaymondJansson2.jpgGlenn Morten Pedersen (pictured left) of Norway almost had a 255 triplicate in his 1436 series Saturday morning at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, en route to jump into second place in the overall qualifying standings of the Norwegian Open.

    The European champion in Trios in 2011 started his set with games of 237, 226 and 207 before he closed things out with 256, 255 and 255, an average of 239.33, to beat out Raymond Jansson (right) of Sweden for the top spot by mere two pins.

    The 46-year-old right-hander, who won three gold medals at three World Championships (1987, 95, 99) and four titles at three European Championships (1989, 93, 97), took the lead with 259 and 262 in games four and five, but had to settle for second place and third overall with 1434 (239 average) behind a 234 last game.

    2012EBT17TannerSpacey.jpg2012EBT17BrittBrondsted3.jpg18-year old Tanner Spacey (left), United States, continued to lead the 174-player field from nine countries with 1472 (245.33) including the tournament's lone 300 game so far.

    Mikael Roos of Sweden slipped two spots to fourth place with 1423 (237.17) and was followed by Britt Brøndsted (right) of Denmark, who is the best of 29 women in fifth place with 1412 including handicap.

    Raymond Jansson was joined by his two sons, Markus and Mattias, in Squad 13. Markus finished the squad in third place rebounding from a 192 opening game with 254, 246, 2014, 236 and 214 for 1346 (224.33), good for 17th place overall.

    2012EBT17MattiasRaymondMarkusJansson.jpg2012EBT17KamillaKjeldsen.jpgL-R Mattias, Raymond and Markus Jansson.

    Competing in the first tournament since the 2011 Women's World Championships, two-time European Bowling Tour point ranking leader (2000, 2003) and three-time EBT Masters champion (2008-2010), Kamilla Kjeldsen (right) of Denmark posted a 1286 scratch series (214.33) and added 48 pins handicap for to move into 20th place with 1334. Kjeldsen became the sixth women above the cut line.

    Morten Vestneshagen of Norway started the last qualifying day one pin and one place ahead of the cut. He improved his score by eight pins to 1302 but still remained in 35th place, again one pin ahead of the cut.

    2012EBT17ChrisSloan.jpg2012EBT17MarkusBergendorff.jpgNorwegian women's national team member Patcharin Torgersen currently holds the 36th and last place to advance with 1301 or an average of 216.83 including handicap.

    There were two young players in that squad who were using the two-handed delivery. Chris Sloan (left) of Ireland missed the cutoff number by mere 12 pins with 1289 (214.83) including five games between 205 and 246 to sit in 41st place.

    Markus Bergendorff (right) of Denmark, son of legendary Swedish national team member and bowling coach, Göran Bergendorff, started with games of 213, 239 and 224 before he suffered three sub-par games to land in 88th place with 1190.

    Qualifying concludes Saturday, Oct. 13, with squads 14, 15 and 16 scheduled for 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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