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Daniel Fransson plays in his own league in Squad 19 at Norwegian Open

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Daniel Fransson of Sweden played in his own league in the 19th of 23 qualifying squads in the Norwegian Open by Brunswick Friday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

Fransson Right and above), who won his lone European Bowling Tour title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016, started his six-game series with games of 215, 245, 245 and 217. He converted the nearly impossible 7-10 split in the penultimate game for 213 and threw three clutch strikes in the 10th frame of the last game for 236 and 1371 total, an average of 228.50.

The right-hander, whose previous high series was 1366, leaped one spot to 10th place but missed the top, who will earn three byes for Sunday’s finals by just four pins.

Former world and European champion Raymond Jansson of Sweden paces the 188-player field from Denmark, England, Iceland, Ireland, Malaysia, Sweden and Norway with an outstanding 1602 series and an average of 267 for six games.

He outaveraged his son, one-time EBT champion and former World Youth champion Markus Jansson, who was second with distant 1466, by more than 22 pins.

2014 Norwegian Open champion Tore Torgersen (right) of Norway, also a former world and European champion, and Junior Team Norway member Jonas Dammen sit in third and fourth place with 1463.

Fifth through eighth place belonged to Benjamin Jonsson (1423), Andreas Hansen (1422), both Sweden, Arnar Davíð Jónsson (1376) of Iceland and Pontus Andersson (left; 1375) of Sweden. Rounding out the top 10 in 9th place was Lars Lundahl of Sweden with 1373.

The only other player who cracked the 1300-mark in squad 19 was Einar Már Björnsson (right) from Team Iceland, who closed with a string of strikes for 245 to leap from 71st to 29th place with 1314.

Third and fourth place Svein Åke Ek (left; 1280) of Norway and Gústaf Smári Björnsson (1273) of Iceland did not improve their scores. Ek, the 2010 European Champions Cup winner, remained in 23rd place with 1331, while Björnsson slipped one spot to 33rd place with 1290.

Audun Boye Hansen of Norway holds the 42nd and last spot to advance with 1275 and an average of 212.50.

Qualifying continues on Friday, October 13th, with squads 20 scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo featuring stories, photos and results after each round commencing Thursday all the way through to the finals on Sunday, October 15, completed in the late afternoon.

The Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick runs from Oct. 6-15 at 26-lane Veitvet Bowling Center in Norway’s capital city of Oslo and is the 11th and final stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and also the last of three EBT “Bronze” tournaments this season.

The tournament offers total prize money of 275.000 Norwegian Kronor (currently 29.305 Euro), 36.000 NOK more than last year, with 45.000 NOK (approx. 4.795 Euro) going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 2.000 Kronor or 213 Euro for 60th place.

Qualifying at the Norwegian Open begins Friday, Oct. 6 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 14 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. 14 & 15, including the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings, two players from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-7, who are not among the top 42, the next four women, the next four juniors (must not be born before Sept. 1, 1999), the next four seniors (must be 50 years of age on Oct. 6th) 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 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 scratch with the top 12 advancing to Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

The remaining forty players determine the champion in five three-game rounds (rounds 1-4 starting from scratch). The field is trimmed to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowl the 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).

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 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 11th EBT Masters April 23, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Carsten Warming Hansen (586 points) of Denmark and Sweden’s Pontus Andersson (557), who both have registered for the event, will determine the 2017 EBT men’s point ranking winner.

Jenny Wegner of Sweden has already sealed the victory in the women’s division. Nevertheless, the Norwegian Open will decide the top eight men and top eight women in the respective point ranking, who will qualify for the EBT Masters.

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60 players, including the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 & 15

300 games (1) – Raymond Jansson.

Herbert Bickel

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