Swedish bowlers continue to dominate the qualifying in the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick as Cajsa Wegner
(featured photo) and Robin Persson
(right) led the 19th qualifying squad and added their names to the leaderboard at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo.
With four more squads to go, Swedish bowlers hold the top three positions and nine out of the top 16.
Mattias Wetterberg kept control of the leaderboard, featuring 197 competitors, including 48 women, from Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Sweden and Norway with 1514 total and an average of 252.33 for six games.
Eric Sjöberg and Benjamin Jonsson stayed in second and third place with 1497 and 1466. Sjöberg, fourth placed Niko Oksanen (1466) of Finland, sixth placed Gaëtan Mouveroux (right, 1445) of France and Oksanen’s compatriot Santtu Tahvanainen (20th, 1375) have achieved perfection.
Wegner (left), who won gold in singles and the team event at the 2018 Women’s European Championships, posted games of 213, 247, 216, 221, 235 and struck out in the 9th and 10th frame of the last game for 223 to become the fourth women and the 12 player overall who reached the 1400-plateau.
Wegner toppled 1355 pins, an average of 225.83, and added 48 bonus pins to move into 12th place with 1403 total.
She is the fourth woman in the top 16, close behind her fellow countrywoman Anneli Blomqvist (right; 9th, 1415), Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark (10th, 1413) and Wendy Bartaire (left) from France (11th, 1407). The top 3 women after qualifying will receive 5.000 NOK, 3.000 NOK and 2.000 NOK bonuses, respectively.
Thanks to the last four strikes, Wegner overtook her compatriot Persson by nine pins. Persson, who led squad 15 yesterday with 1327, finished with 258 to improve by 67 pins and to climb from 41st into 13th place with 1394.
Alida Molander (right), also of Sweden, was third in squad 19 with 1301 and was followed by Frank Selvåg (below left) of Norway with 1294. Another Swede, Robin Skans, is the cut with 1328.
Norwegians Christer Aker and Jonas Dammen (below right) also missed the cutoff number with 1295 and 1261, but sit in 23rd (Dammen) and 34th place (Aker) with their high series of 1366 and 1344, respectively.
Qualifying continues on Friday, Oct. 12, with squad 20 starting at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The last squad on Friday and all three squads on Saturday are fully booked. Waiting lists are open.
The Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick is the 12th and final stop of the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the second EBT “Bronze” tournament this season. The tournament, which will be contested Oct. 5-14 at 26-lane Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Norway’s capital city of Oslo, will decide the outcome of the 2018 EBT men’s and women’s point rankings.
Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage from Lucky Bowl Veitvet featuring stories, photos and results after each round commencing Thursday, October 11, all the way through to the finals, which will be completed Sunday, October 14, in the late afternoon.
The lanes will be conditioned with a Brunswick sport pattern with medium difficulty and 22.00 ml volume oil total.
The NO 2018 offers total prize money of 275.000 Norwegian Kronor (currently 28.900 Euro) with 45.000 NOK (approx. 4.730 Euro) going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 2.000 Kronor or 210 Euro for 60th place.
Qualifying at the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick began Friday, Oct. 5 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 13 with the final Squad 23 scheduled to start at 5 p.m. local time (CEST).
Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. The top 3 women after qualifying will receive 5.000 NOK, 3.000 NOK and 2.000 NOK bonuses, respectively.
Total 60 players will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14. The top 8 qualifiers will be seeded in Round 4, qualifiers 9-16 go to Round 3, qualifiers 17-24 start in Round 2 and qualifiers 25-28 begin in Round 1.
The other 32 finalists advance to Saturday’s semifinal round which begins at 9 p.m. CEST. All players bowl six games from scratch with the top 12 advancing to Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 10 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 to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowl one last three-game round with the pinfall from Round 4 being carried forward.
The player with the highest six-game total will win the title, the 45.000 NOK top prize and 100 EBT ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).
For more information on the Norwegian Open by Brunswick and a list of the previous winners, please read our Tournament Preview.
The 2018 European Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, two “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 625.000 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 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 12th EBT Masters July 8, 2019 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.
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Robin Persson of Sweden sets the tone in Squad 15 at Norwegian Open
Sweden’s Benjamin Jonsson owns Squad 14 at Norwegian Open by Brunswick
Gaëtan Mouveroux cracks top 8 at Norwegian Open by Brunswick
Mattias Wetterberg continues to lead qualifying at Norwegian Open by Brunswick
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Mikael Roos, Arnar Davíð Jónsson move to the top in Norwegian Open 2018
Sweden’s Alfred Berggren shoots into the lead in Norwegian Open 2018
Past champion Tore Torgersen sets the scoring pace in Norwegian Open 2018
Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick – Tournament Preview
Raymond Jansson mounts big comeback, wins 2017 Norwegian Open for first EBT title
2018 European Bowling Tour Schedule & Champions
EBT Men’s Ranking after 11/12 events
EBT Women’s Ranking after 11/12 events
Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick – Standings after Squad 19/23
Total 60 players, including the top 42 qualifiers, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14
300 games (4) – Eric Sjøberg, Niko Oksanen, Gaëtan Mouveroux, Santtu Tahvanainen.