Mads Sandbækken rolls third perfecto, 11th 1400-series in Norwegian Open Qualifying


    2014 European Bowling Tour #17

    Norwegian rolls 1441 in Squad 14 to overtake third place in overall standings; Erland Lund remains atop the 141-player leaderboard with 1463 (243.83 ave.); another four Norwegians crack the 1300-bar in the first of three squads on Thursday; score to make the cut in 42nd place is now 1289 (214.83 average)

    2014EBT17MadsSandbakken.jpgMads Sandbækken (pictured left) of Norway rolled the third 300 game and the 11th 1400-series in the Qualifying of the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick in the first of three squads on Thursday, 14th overall, at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

    The former World Youth champion and European Champion in Masters rebounded from a slow start (173) with games of 230, 300, 241, 233 and 264 for 1441, an average of 240.17, to move into third place in the overall qualifying standings.

    One bad shot in the seventh frame of the last game cost the lefty a second 300 in an otherwise perfect game.

    2014EBT17ErlandLund.jpg2014EBT17PatcharinTorgersen2.jpgErland Lund (left) remained atop the 141-player leaderboard with his 1463 series from Squad 2, an average of 243.83, with Tor Inge Jansen in second place on 1448.

    Sandbækken pushed back fellow national team member Glenn Morten Pedersen to fourth place with 1439. Andreas Jonsson of Sweden is still the best foreign player with 1438, good for fifth place.

    Former Norwegian national team player Patcharin Torgersen (right) is the best 19 women in the field and the only woman in the top 8 in sixth place with 1431.

    2014EBT17TorIvarGrodal.jpg2013EBT16SveinAkeEk.jpgRounding out the top 8, who will receive four byes for the finals, are currently Joakim West and defending champion James Gruffman with 1424 and 1415, respectively.

    Another four Norwegians cracked the 1300-bar in Squad 14. Tor Ivar Grødal (left) used a high game of 258 for 1329 to leap into 22nd place. National team player Svein Åke Ek (right) had four games between 226 and 246 in his 1327 series to shift into 23 place.

    Trond Kråkmo had a 276 in game two and closed out with 258 to land 28th place with 1320. Boosted by a 268 in game five, Audun Boye Hansen (below right) overtook 35th place with 1301.

    2013EBT16AudunBoyeHansen.jpgWith 14 of 22 qualifying squads in the books, Terje Nilsen of Norway holds the 42nd and final qualifying post with 1289 or an average of 214.83. For the records, the cut in last year's Norwegian Open was 1293.

    Qualifying continues on Thursday, Oct. 9, with Squads 15 & 16 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    2014NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg The Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick is the 17th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the seventh out of nine EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament will be held from Oct. 3-12 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

    The total prize fund is 239.000 Kronor or 29.000 Euro with 40.000 NOK or approx. 4.850 Euro going to the winner. The prize money for the top three women in qualifying is guaranteed (5.000, 3.000 and 2.000 Kronor). Low to cash is 60th place worth 1.000 NOK or 120 Euro.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick live from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo with stories and results after each round commencing Thursday, October 9, all the way through to the finals. The finals will be on Sunday, October 12, completed in the late afternoon.

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    Qualifying of the Norwegian Open began Friday, Oct. 3 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 11 with the final Squad 22 scheduled for 5 p.m. local time (CEST). Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in every event on the European Bowling Tour.

    Total 60 players will advance to the finals on Saturday (Semifinal Round 1 and 2) and Sunday, Oct. 11 & 12:
    • 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, 1996)
    • 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 earn four byes and will be seeded in 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 9 a.m.

    The remaining forty players will determine the champion in five three-game rounds (rounds 1-4 starting from scratch). The field will be trimmed from 40 to 32, 24, 16, and then eight who 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 40.000 NOK top prize.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund is almost one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.


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    Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick - Qualifying Standings after Squad 14/22

    Total 60 players including the top 42 qualifiers and 18 players from five different categories (Squads 1-7, women, juniors, seniors and Turbo games) will advance to the finals


    300 games - (3) Erland Lund, Rune Andersen, Mads Sandbækken.