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Denmark’s Mai Ginge Jensen shoots 1471 to start final qualifying day in Oslo


Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark put together an outstanding performance as the former world champion and reigning European champion in all-events and masters made a run at the lead to start the final day of qualifying at the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick.

Jensen (right, and featured photo) rolled games of 226, 238, 234, 258, 255 and 212 Saturday morning at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo for 1423 scratch, an average of 237.17, and added 48 bonus pins to jump from 11th to third place with 1471 total.

Mattias Wetterberg (left) of Sweden remained in the pole position with 1514 total and the field-best 252.33 average. His compatriot Eric Sjöberg, who was next to Wetterberg in squad 9 with 1497, including the first of four 300 games in this tournament, stayed in second place.

Jensen, who has led the women’s ranking this European Bowling Tour season on three occasions but is still looking to win her first EBT title, used the same ball in all six games (right) and had a flawless spare effort on her way to become the best of 51 women in the 214-player field.

With only two squads to come, Jensen is now the frontrunner for the 5.000 Norwegian Kronor bonus for the top ranked woman after qualifying.

Anneli Blomqvist (left) of Sweden, who previously overtook Jensen by two pins in squad 17, slipped to second place in the women’s ranking and 11th overall with 1415. The second-best woman after qualifying will earn 3.000 NOK.

Åse Jacobsen (right) of Norway started squad 21 with games of 246 and 249 and added 204, 244, 193 and 225 to become a member of the 1400-club with 1409 total, including bonus pins. She moved into third place in the women’s ranking and 12th overall and pushed back Wendy Bartaire of France to 13th place with 1407. The third-best woman after qualifying will earn 2.000 NOK.

Next in line was Jonas Dammen (left) of Norway, who leaped into 22nd place with 1382, including high games of 265 and 257.

Former Norwegian Open champion Peter Hellström (right) of Sweden, who won the second of his three European Bowling Tour titles in the NO 2012, improved his 1348 high series by three pins to leap three spots to 30th place with 1351.

The other 28 players in the fully booked squad did not qualify for the top 42. Rune Andersen (left) of Norway is “on the bubble” with 1333 or an average of 222.17.

Qualifying concludes Saturday, Oct. 13, with squads 22 and 23 starting at 1 and 5 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

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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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.

Herbert Bickel

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