The top 12 from the semifinal round last night met qualifiers 25 to 28 in the first round of the finals in the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway, Sunday.
After barely making the second cut last night, defending champion Raymond Jansson (featured photo) of Sweden averaged 230 on Sunday morning to lead the top 8 into the next round with 690, including games of 237, 207 and 246.
Swedish youth national team member Sofia Myllymäki (left) was mere one pin behind in second place with 689, including eight bonus pins per game.
Norwegians Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg (right) and Alexander Beck (left) were third and fourth with 676 and 672, respectively. Beck started his set with 279, the highest game of the finals so far.
Places 5 to 8 belonged to Swedish bowlers. European youth champion William Svensson was fifth with 667, and was followed by Ida Andersson in sixth place with 659, including bonus, and World Youth champion Robert Lindberg (right) in seventh place with 653.
Björn Lindqvist (left), who was second after two games (223, 255) with 478, finished with 172 and almost slipped out of the top 8. When the dust had settled, Lindqvist was the cut with 650.
The top 8 will meet qualifiers 17 to 24 in the second round.
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. The top 3 women after qualifying received 5.000 NOK, 3.000 NOK and 2.000 NOK bonuses, respectively.
Qualifying at the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick began Friday, Oct. 5 and concluded Saturday, Oct. 13 with the final Squad 23. Women receive 8 bonus pins each game throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. However, maximum score is 300.
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.
Peter Hellström paces Semifinal Round at Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick
Sweden’s Peter Ljung saves best for last, shoots 1530 to win qualifying in Norwegian Open
Strong finish propels Sweden’s Robert Lindberg into 26th place in Oslo
Denmark’s Mai Ginge Jensen shoots 1471 to start final qualifying day in Oslo
EYC Masters champ Oskar Wirefeldt of Sweden leads Squad 20 by 140 pins
Cajsa Wegner joins 1400-club at Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick
Swedes Hellström, Lindberg, Carlsson shoot over 1340 in Squad 18 in Oslo
Frenchman Gaëtan Mouveroux regains spot in the top 8 at Norwegian Open
Finland’s Niko Oksanen uses perfection to move into 4th place in Oslo
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
Sweden’s Mattias Wetterberg rises to the top; cracks 1500-bar in Oslo
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 – Round One Results
Top 8 advance to Final Round 2; places 9-16 eliminated, finish in 33rd to 40th place.