James Gruffman leads top 12 semifinalists into Sunday's Final Round 1

    10/12/13

    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    Six men and six women survive two three-game rounds Saturday night to meet qualifiers 25th to 28th in the first of five three-game rounds Sunday morning starting at 10 a.m. CEST

    2013EBT16JamesGruffman.jpg2013EBT16LineBergAlmestrand3.jpgSemifinal Round 1 leader James Gruffman (pictured left) of Sweden held on to the lead after another three-game block in Semifinal Round 2 en route to lead twelve semifinalists, six men and six women, into Sunday's Final Round 1 of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick starting at 10 a.m. CEST at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

    Gruffman added games of 223, 228 and 195 (646) to his 724 series of the previous round to lead the field of 24 with 1370 or an average of 228.33 for six games.

    Line Berg Almestrand (right) of Norway leaped two spots to second place with 1367. Almestrand had 674 in the first block and 693 in the second block, both including eight pins handicap each game.

    2013EBT16AnnieThorell2.jpg2013EBT16StigRuneBarstad.jpgAnnie Thorell (left) of Sweden slipped one place to third with 1363 including handicap and was followed by Arvid Espen of Norway, who used the highest 695 block in the round to leap five spots into fourth place.

    Stig Rune Barstad (right), who hit the cutoff number for 42nd place in qualifying fell from second to 12th place in a span of three games, but beat out Erik Ahlstrand of Sweden for the last place to advance to Sunday's Final Round 1 by one pin, 1248 to 1247.

    The top 12 will meet qualifiers 25th to 28th in the first of five three-game rounds starting at 10 a.m. CEST.

    2013NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg The Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick is the 16th stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the fifth out of seven EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament will be held from Oct. 4-13, 2013 at 26-lane Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    As a result of a sponsorship agreement with Brunswick, the NO 2013 has increased the total prize fund to 224.000 NOK (currently 27.625 Euro). The winner will receive 35.000 NOK (4.315 Euro) and the runner-up gets 20.000 NOK (2.465 Euro).

    Qualifying ran from Friday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 12. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour. In a change for 2013 the last qualifying squad on Saturday evening was replaced by two semifinal rounds and the top 60 instead of the top 40 players will cash.

    A total of 60 players advanced to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 & 13:
    • the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings
    • two players from a separate leaderboard of Squad 1-7, who are not among the top 42
    • the next four women
    • the next four juniors (must not be born before Sept. 1, 1995)
    • the next four seniors (must be 50 years of age at the first day of the tournament)
    • and two players each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list (highest score in qualifying game 5 and 6, respectively; separate fee necessary).

    The top 8 qualifiers are qualified for Round 4, places 9-16 go to Round 3, places 17-24 start in Round 2 and places 25-28 begin in Round 1. The other 32 finalists advance to Saturday's Semifinal Round 1 which begins at 9 p.m. CEST.

    The top 24 players after three game scratch advance to the Semifinal Round 2, which gets underway at 10:30 p.m. Those 24 bowl another three games with the pinfall carried over. The top 12 qualify for Final Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

    The remaining forty players will determine the champion in five three-game rounds. The field will be trimmed from 40 to 32, 24, 16, and then eight who will bowl a final three-game block with the pinfall from Round 4 carried forward.

    The player with the highest six-game total will earn the EBT title, 50 ranking points and the 35.000 NOK top prize.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 stops in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. 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 2013 by Brunswick gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 12 men and the top 12 women at the end of the 2013 season qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.

     


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    2013 Norwegian Open - Semifinal Round 2


    The top 12 players advance to Final Round 1.