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Filip Wilhelmsson adds his name to the leaderboard in Oslo


2016EBT15AntonPersson2016EBT15IsabelleHultinFilip Wilhelmsson of Sweden became the fourth player in the qualifying of the Norwegian Open 2016 by Brunswick who cracked the 1400-bar after closing his six-game block in squad 16 on Thursday evening with a huge 287 game for 1419 and an average of 236.50.

Wilhelmsson (pictured above), who started the set at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, with 247, 206, 220, 224 and 235 improved a 1266 series and jumped into third place in the overall standing. Swedes hold the top 4 places and seven out of the top 8, who will bypass the semifinal and the first three rounds of the final.

Anton Persson (above left) continued to lead the 232-player field from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark and Switzerland with 1425 and an average of 237.50. Isabelle Hultin (above right) is the best of 40 women in second place with 1422, including handicap.

2016EBT15ArnarDavidJonsson2016EBT15RobertLindbergFourth place belongs to Pontus Andersson with 1406, including the lone 30 game of the tournament. Arnar David Jonsson (left) of Iceland led squad 20 on Friday evening with 1390 total, including a high game of 289, to take over fifth place.

Squad 15 and 16 leaders Robert Lindberg (right) and Benjamin Jonsson slipped one spot to sixth and seventh place with 1379 and 1376, respectively. Heading into the final qualifying day, Mattias Jansson mans eighth place with 1372 or an average of 228.67.

2016EBT15NinaFlack2016EBT15AseJacobsenFormer world and European champion Nina Flack (left) of Sweden is the second-best woman in 12th place with 1359, including handicap. Squad 19 leader Arvid Espen of Norway was three pins back in 13th place with 1356.

Åse Jacobsen (right) became the third woman to win a squad as she paced squad 18 to finish the day in 21st place with 1336 total.

With three more squads to go on Saturday, Audun Boye Hansen of Norway holds the 42nd and last qualifying spot with 1287 and an average of 214.50. Just outside the top 42 was defending champion Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark in 43rd place with 1285.

Qualifying concludes on Saturday, Oct. 15, with squads 21, 22 and 23-20 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, and 5 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The semi-final round will follow at 9 p.m.

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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60 players, including the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 & 16

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