Jimmy Mortensen finally gets the monkey off his back; wins his first EBT title in Oslo


    2015 European Bowling Tour #15

    Danish national team member averages over 260 to seal the victory in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick




    2015EBT15JimmyMortensen5.jpgCompeting on the European Bowling Tour since the inaugural season back in the year 2000, Jimmy Mortensen (pictured left) of Denmark finally got the monkey off his back and won his first EBT title in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick Sunday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    The right-hander averaged 261.50 for the last two six-game rounds to cruise to victory and to win the 40.000 Norwegian Kronor top prize (roughly 4.350 Euro).

    The photo above shows the top 3 with sponsors and officials. L-R Dan Borgie, Brunswick Vice President of International Sales, Roger Öberg (2nd), Norwegian Open champion Jimmy Mortensen, James Gruffman (3rd), Marie Jenny Paulsson Berg, board member of the Norwegian Bowling Federation, and John Prokopec, Brunswick International Marketing & and Sales Manager.

    By virtue of finishing qualifying in the top 8 (2nd with 1514; 252.33 average), Mortensen was seeded into the Round of 16 and closed out his 781 three-game series with the tournament's fourth 300 game to take a 27-pin lead into the final Round of 8.

    2015EBT15RogerOberg3.jpg2015EBT152MartinLarsen2.jpgMortensen followed with games of 256, 279 and 253 for 788 and 1569 total to widen his lead to 78 pins to seal the victory. Places 2 to 5 belonged to the strong Swedish contingent.

    Lefty Roger Öberg (left), who started with a 792 series in Round 3, finished in second place with 1491, including sets of 754 and 737. 2013 Norwegian Open champion James Gruffman, also a lefty, was just six pins behind in third place with 1385 (732, 753). Pontus Andersson was distant fourth on 1423 with Martin Larsen (right) fifth on 1415.

    2015EBT15MartinMoenStikbakke.jpg2015EBT15IdaAndersson2.jpgThe two Norwegian bowlers in the finals Martin Moen Stikbakke and Tor-Øyvind Lunde, ended up in sixth and seventh place with 1409 and 1391, respectively.

    The only woman, who made it into the final round in the high scoring event, was Ida Andersson (right), a member of the Swedish national team which used the Norwegian Open as part of the preparation for the Women's World Championships in December.

    Andersson, who was the best of 42 women in qualifying, finished in 8th place with 1388, en route to win the women's ranking in Oslo breaking a tie for first place on the 2015 women's point ranking list with teammate Jenny Wegner.

    However, the tournament finished on a sad note for Andersson as she will not compete in the season-ending Qatar Open as she thinks it is too close to the Women's World Championships.

    As the EBT "platinum" tournament offers five times as much points a satellite event such as the Norwegian Open, it is a no-brainer for Andersson that Wegner, who will go to Qatar, will win the rankings.





    Top 8 in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick. L-R 1. Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark 2. Roger Öberg, Sweden 3. James Gruffman, Sweden 4. Pontus Andersson, Sweden 5. Martin Larsen, Sweden 6. Martin Moen Stikbakke, Norway 7. Tor-Øyvind Lunde, Norway and 8. Ida Andersson, Sweden.

    2015NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg The Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick was the 15th and penultimate stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour, the last of nine EBT "Satellite" events and the last EBT event on European soil this season.

    The tournament was held from Oct. 2-11 at Veitvet Bowling Center in in Norway's capital city of Oslo and drew 208 players from Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway,.

    The Norwegian Open offered total prize fund of 239.000 Norwegian Kronor or more than 25.000 Euro with 40.000 NOK going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 1.000 Kronor for 60th place.

    60 of 208 players survived the qualifying cut. The semi-final round on Saturday evening trimmed the field to 40 players who determined the champion in five three-game rounds with the first four rounds starting from scratch.

    The field was cut to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowled a final three-game round with the pinfall from Round 4 carried forward. The player with the highest six-game total earned the title, the 40.000 NOK top prize and 50 EBT ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital provided onsite coverage of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo featuring stories, photos and results after each round commencing Thursday, October 8, all the way through to the finals on Sunday, October 11, completed in the late afternoon.

    More information can be found in the Tournament Preview.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 12 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and seven "Satellite" events. All 16 tournaments together offer total prize fund of 850.000 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 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the 12th San Marino Open.

    The 2015 EBT concludes with the Qatar Bowling Open, an EBT "Platinum" event which will be held at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, 2015).


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    Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick - Round 5 Results (Final Standings)

    Players with position, country, 6-game total, including handicap, and earnings (in Norwegian Kronor)


    Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick - Places 9-60 (Cashers)

      9. Nina Flack, Sweden, 4.000 NOK
    10. Emanuel Jonsson, Sweden, 4.000 NOK
    11. Audun Boye Hansen, Norway, 4.000 NOK
    12. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 4.000 NOK
    13. Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 4.000 NOK
    14. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 4.000 NOK
    15. Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg, Norway, 4.000 NOK
    16. Mads Sandbækken, Norway, 4.000 NOK
    17. Jens Sjöbohm, Sweden, 3.000 NOK
    18. Alida Molander, Sweden, 3.000 NOK
    19. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, 3.000 NOK
    20. Bård Jensen, Norway, 3.000 NOK
    21. Jens Mathiesen, Norway, 3.000 NOK
    22. Tor Inge Jansen, Norway, 3.000 NOK
    23. Glenn Morten Pedersen, Norway, 3.000 NOK
    24. Thomas Fredrik Fagerstrøm, Norway, 3.000 NOK
    25. Timmy Fredriksson, Sweden, 2.500 NOK
    26. Øyvin Kulseng, Norway, 2.500 NOK
    27. Anneli Blomqvist, Sweden, 2.500 NOK
    28. Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 2.500 NOK
    29. Mikael Roos, Sweden, 2.500 NOK
    30. Emil Ågren, Sweden, 2.500 NOK
    31. Olav J. Olsen, Norway, 2.500 NOK
    32. Finn Langeland, Norway, 2.500 NOK
    33. Lisa Björklund, Sweden, 2.000 NOK
    34. Ingar Gabrielsen, Norway, 2.000 NOK
    35. Øyvind Harang, Norway, 2.000 NOK
    36. Svein Åke Ek, Norway, 2.000 NOK
    37. Magnus Johansson, Norway, 2.000 NOK
    38. Monica Lislien, Norway, 2.000 NOK
    39. Andreas Skoglund, Norway, 2.000 NOK
    40. Alexander Beck, Norway, 2.000 NOK
    41. Tore Rokkones, Norway, 1.500 NOK
    42. Tom Nilsen, Norway, 1.500 NOK
    43. Fredrik Finstad Anshus, Norway, 1.500 NOK
    44. Jonas Dammen, Norway, 1.500 NOK
    45. Mathias Reinertsen, Norway, 1.500 NOK
    46. Christopher Lüttke, Sweden, 1.500 NOK
    47. Rune Andersen, Norway, 1.500 NOK
    48. Lars-Christian Nygård, Norway, 1.500 NOK
    49. Rasmus Bering, Denmark, 1.500 NOK
    50. Robert Lind, Norway, 1.500 NOK
    51. Ronny Moen, Norway, 1.500 NOK
    52. Robin Asbjörnsen, Sweden, 1.500 NOK
    53. Arne Egil Olsen, Norway, 1.000 NOK
    54. Øyvind Haugen, Norway, 1.000 NOK
    55. John Aarre, Norway, 1.000 NOK
    56. Patrik Jannik Soerensen, Denmark, 1.000 NOK
    57. Håvar Wolden Skog, Norway, 1.000 NOK
    58. Anton Persson, Sweden, 1.000 NOK
    59. Annie Thorell, Sweden, 1.000 NOK
    60. Trond Kråkmo, Norway, 1.000 NOK