Thorstensen, Haukås win both titles in Norwegian Singles & Doubles Championships



    Norwegian Bowling Federation names team for 2015 Men's European Championships

    2015NorwegianChampionshipsWomenSinglesHeidiThorstensen.jpg 2015NorwegianChampionshipsMenSinglesKennethHaukas.jpg Heidi Thorstensen (pictured left) of bowling club Frogner and Kenneth Haukås (right) of Mascot BK won both titles in the women's and men's division at the Norwegian Singles & Doubles Championships Sunday at Bowling & Squash in Tromsø, Norway.

    Both started the championhips, which was held from May 7-10 at the 24-laner in Northern Norway, with victory in the Doubles event and went on to win the Singles competition as well. Thorstensen teamed with Lisa I Riise to claim the women's doubles titles while Haukås and team mate Stefan Palmèr captured the men's doubles title.

    187 players, 49 woman and 138 men, participated in the event. All players bowled a six-game opening round which also counted as Doubles Championship if played with a partner.

    xxxxx.jpg Thorstensen and Riise (left, l-r) were the only women's team out of 17 doubles which averaged over 200 to cruise to the title with 2483 total and an average of 206.92. Thorstensen led the way with the field-best 1298 series, an average of 216.33, and Riise contributed 1185.

    Andrea E Hansen and Åse Jacobsen of Trondheim BK were second with distant 2324. Sandra Bakken and Tone Gustafsson were just five pins behind to take the bronze medal with 2319.

    2015NorwegianChampionshipsMenDoublesKennethHaukasStefanPalmer.jpg On the men's side, Haukås and Palmèr (right, l-r) averaged 221.08 to beat out their nearest competitor for the gold medal by 33 pins. Haukås had 1332 and Palmèr was close behind with 1321.

    Christer Jakobsen and Norwegian standout Tore Torgersen, Trondheim BK, settled for second place on 2620 with Svein Åke Ek and Rune Feirud of Munken BK in third place with 2575.

    The top 32 women and the top 64 men in doubles advanced to the Singles quarterfinals with the six-game individual pinfall carried over. The biggest surprise of the qualifying was former European champion Mads Sandbækken, who missed the cut to the Singles event after an 1123 series in doubles.

    In two more six-game rounds the field was trimmed to eight women and 12 men, who determined the champions in match play finals in Petersen system (women 7 games, men 11 games; including bonus pins).

    Tove Walstad Fosseide, Trondheim BK, who was the only other woman who averaged over 200 in the opening round, added 1264 to the 1250 in doubles to lead the top 16 women in to the third round with 2514 total or an average of 209.50 for twelve games.

    Åse Jacobsen, Trondheim BK, posted the field-best 1328 series to lead the top 8 into the final round with 3833 (212.94). Thorstensen rolled the only perfect game of the championships in her fifth game to leap into second place with 1306 and 3767 overall.

     The top 8 women battled it out for the title on Sunday morning, May 10. After a slow start (180, 193 and 184), Thorstensen closed out with 224, 216, 246 and 207 to overtake Jacobsen and to wrap up the title with 5347 total, including 130 bonus pins.

    Jacobsen finished in second place with 5221 with former Norwegian national team member Mette Hansen of Fredrikstad BK in third place with 5012. Patcharin Torgersen of Sølvkula BK was close behind in fourth place with 5005 behind a 138 last game. Walstad Fosseide slipped to fifth place with 4858.

    L-R Åse Jacobsen (2nd), champion Heidi Thorstensen and Mette Hansen (3rd). Click image to enlarge.

    Long-time Norwegian national team member Bjørn Einar Rudshagen of Glåmdal BK added 1419 to his 1323 in doubles to lead the top 32 men into the third round with 2742 total and an average of 228.50.

    Former European Champions Cup winner Svein Åke Ek was second with 2693 and Martin Olsen, Frogner BK, was third with 2663.

    Rudshagen added another 1368 to hold on to the lead after 18 games with 4110 total and an average of 228.33. Glenn Morten Pedersen of Ringerike BK, who teamed with Sandbækken in doubles, leaped into second place with 4007 and was followed by Ek (4006), Olsen (3904) and Haukås, who was fifth with distant 3826.

     Haukås averaged 243 for the 11-game finals and out overaging Rudshagen by almost 22 pins to claim the men's Singles title with 6754 total including 255 bonus pins. He posted a pair of 279 games and three games in the 250s.

    Rudshagen took the silver medal with 6717, followed by Pedersen in third place with 6423, Ek in fourth place with 6423, Rune Andersen of Drammen Tigers BK in fifth place with 6402. Øyvin Kulseng of Larvik BK, who made the cut to the finals in 12th and last place, leaped six spots to finish in sixth place with 6402.

    L-R Bjørn Einar Rudshagen (2nd), champion Kenneth Haukås and Glenn Morten Pedersen (3rd). Click image to enlarge.

    After the conclusion of the Championships, the Norges Bowlingforbund (Norwegian bowling federation) has announced the team for the 2015 Men's European Championships June 3-14 in Aalborg, Denmark. Veterans Glenn Morten Pedersen, Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, Tore Torgersen and Mads Sandbækken will be joined by two first-timers, Kenneth Haukås and Arvid Espen.

    For the complete results, please click here.


    Men's Singles - Final Standings after 29 games including bonus pins


    Women's Singles - Final Standings after 25 games including bonus pins


    Men's Doubles - Final Standings after six games

    Top 10 of 62 Doubles


    Women's Doubles - Final Standings after six games

    Top 10 of 17 Doubles