Swedish youth national team member Oskar Wirefeldt
of Sweden averaged almost 240 to lead the 20th qualifying in the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick with 1435 total and to rocket from 65th to seventh place in the overall qualifying standings.
Wirefeldt was the model of consistency, starting his six-game qualifying round Friday night at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway, with his high game of 265 and finishing with games of 234, 253, 236, 223 and 224 to catapult him into the top 8, who would bypass the semi-final round and the first three rounds of Sunday’s finals.
Wirefeldt, 2018 European Youth Champion in team and masters (right), played in his own league out averaging his nearest competitor, EYC girls’ singles gold medalist Hanna Engberg, also of Sweden, by more than 30 pins. Engberg totaled 1295 to sit 35 pins below the cutline in 58th place.
Mattias Wetterberg of Sweden leads the 211-player field since squad 9 with 1514 total and an average of 252.33 for six games. 51 women have bowled in the European Bowling Tour bronze level tournament so far, the fifth highest number of the 2018 season.
Arnar Davíð Jónsson (right) of Iceland, who won his first European Bowling Tour title in the Odense International last month, holds the last place to earn four byes with 1426.
Audun Boye Hansen (left) is the best Norwegian in 16th and last place to earn three byes with 1393. Norwegian youth national team member Jonas Dammen (below right) is 24th with 1366 and would receive two byes, while Ida Andersson of Sweden currently is the 28th and last competitor who would miss the semi-final round.
With three fully booked qualifying squads to come on Saturday, Norwegian women’s national team member Heidi Thorstensen is the cut with 1330 or an average of 221.67 scratch.
Qualifying concludes Saturday, Oct. 13, with squads 21, 22 and 23 starting at 9 a.m., 1 and 5 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). All three squads 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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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 – Standings after Squad 20/23
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.