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Defending champion Mortensen advances to the finals at Norwegian Open


Defending champion Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark averaged over 220 in the last qualifying squad of the Norwegian Open 2016 by Brunswick to advance to the first round of the finals on Sunday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

Mortensen (pictured above), who started the final day of qualifying in 43rd place, had a slow start into squad 23 with games of 188 and 164, but rebounded with 222, 276, 214 and 266 to lead the squad with 1330, an average of 221.67, and to leap into 25th place.

2016EBT15AntonPersson2016EBT15IsabelleHultinSwedish bowlers dominated the qualifying standings holding the top 4 spots and 10 out of the top 11. Anton Persson (left) of Sweden, who took the lead in the fourth of 23 squads, finished qualifying atop the 246-player leaderboard with 1425 and an average of 237.50.

Isabelle Hultin (right) was the best of 44 women in the field in second place with 1422, including eight pins handicap per game. Third place belonged to Filip Wilhelmsson with 1419. Pontus Andersson was the fourth and last player who surpassed the 1400-mark with 1406, including the lone 30 game of the qualifying.

2016EBT15ArnarDavidJonsson2016EBT15JesperSvenssonRounding out the top 5 was Arnar David Jonsson (left) of Iceland with 1390. 5-time PBA champion Jesper Svensson (right), a two-handed lefty from Sweden who won his 7th European Bowling Tour title in the Columbia 300 Vienna Open earlier this month, led the penultimate qualifying squad with 1380 to make the cut in sixth place.

Rounding out the top 8, who will be seeded into round 4, were Robert Lindberg and Benjamin Jonsson with 1379 and 1376, respectively. Fredrik Tjernes was the best Norwegian bowler in 12th place with 1360.

2016EBT15DanielFransson2016EBT15NinaFlackDaniel Fransson (left) of Sweden led squad 21 on Saturday morning with 1349, good for 17th place overall. Swedish women’s national coach Peter Ljung hit the cutoff number for 42nd place with 1308 and an average of 218.00.

The top 3 women in qualifying Isabelle Hultin, Ida Andersson (11th; 1365) and Nina Flack (right – 13th; 1359), all of Sweden, received 555 €, 333 € and 222 € bonuses, respectively.

2016EBT15JamesGruffmanWhile the top 28 qualifiers advanced to the finals, the remaining 32 finalists bowled a six-game semi-finals round on Saturday evening. 2013 Norwegian Open champion James Gruffman (left) toppled 1373 pins (228.83 average) to lead the top 12 players in Sunday’s round 1.

Ljung was second with 1332 and with Norwegian standout Mads Sandbækken in third at 1304. Rune Feirud of Norway took the 12th and last spot to advance with 1207 and an average of 201.17.

The Norwegian Open 2016 by Brunswick is the 15th and penultimate stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the last of six EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season. The tournament runs from Oct. 7-16 at Veitvet Bowling Center, a 26-laner in Norway’s capital city of Oslo.

The tournament offers total prize fund of 239.000 Norwegian Kronor (approx. 26.715 Euro) with 40.000 NOK (approx. 4.471 Euro) going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 1.000 Kronor or 111 Euro for 60th place.

As the event clashes with the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Shanghai, China, there will be no onsite coverage of the Norwegian Open this year.

Qualifying of the Norwegian Open begins Friday, Oct. 7 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 15 with the final Squad 23 scheduled for 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. 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. 15 & 16:

  • the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings
  • two players from a separate leaderboard of Squad 1-7, who were not among the top 42
  • the next four women
  • the next four juniors (must not be born before Sept. 1, 1998)
  • the next four seniors (must be 50 years of age on Oct. 7th)
  • and two players each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list (highest score in qualifying game 5 and 6, respectively; separate fee necessary).

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 scratch with the top 12 advancing to 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 to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowl a final three-game block with the pinfall from Round 4 being carried forward.

The player with the highest six-game total will earn the title, the 40.000 NOK top prize and 50 EBT ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).

For the complete tournament information, click here.

2016EBTLogo2The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 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 be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

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Norwegian Open 2016 by Brunswick – Semifinal Round

Top 12 advance to Final Round 1; places 13-32 finish in 41st to 60th place.

Norwegian Open 2016 by Brunswick – Standings after Qualifying

60 players advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 & 16, including the top 42 players qualifiers, plus two players from squads 1-7 (places 43 & 44), four women (places 45-48), four juniors (places 49-52), four seniors (places 53-56) and two players each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list (places 57-60).

300 games (1) – Pontus Andersson.

Herbert Bickel

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