Starting the penultimate qualifying day in the European Bowling Tour’s Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick in ninth place, Gaëtan Mouveroux
used a perfect game to regain a spot in the top 8 who would be seeded into the fourth round of Sunday’s finals at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo.
20 players took to lanes 11-26 in the 26-lane center (lanes 1-10 are being used for open bowling) on Friday morning, the last squad which wasn’t sold out before the first ball was rolled.
Mouveroux (right, and featured photo with his fellow countrywoman Wendy Bartaire), who won his first EBT title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 in April, came out of the gates with 227 before he connected on 12 consecutive shots on the way to the tournament’s third 300 game. Mouveroux closed out with 232, 258, 201 and 227 to lead squad 17 and to move into fifth place overall with 1445 and an average of 240.83.
Mouveroux, who is currently the no. 11 in the 2018 European Bowling Tour men’s ranking with 290 points, needs to finish among the top 3 men in the Norwegian Open to overtake eighth place Christopher Sloan of Ireland en route to qualify for the EBT Masters in 2019.
Mattias Wetterberg (left) of Sweden leads qualifying with 1514, an average of 252.33, and is followed his fellow countrymen Eric Sjöberg (1497) and Benjamin Jonsson (1466), with Finland’s Niko Oksanen (right) in fourth place, also with 1466. Sjöberg and Oksanen previously had 300 games.
Anneli Blomqvist (left) of Sweden and Wendy Bartaire of France became the 10th and 11th player who surpassed the 1400-mark. Blomqvist, who started her set with a high game of 279 closed out with 256 for 1367 pinfall, an average of 227.83, and 1415, including eight bonus pins per game. Blomqvist is the best of 36 women in the 170-player field in ninth place.
Bartaire rebounded from a 199 start with 232, 235, 224, 260 and 209 to leap into 11th place with 1407, including bonus pins. Sandwiched between Blomqvist and Bartaire is Mai Ginge Jensen (right) of Denmark in 10th place with 1413.
In the fifth game of squad 17, Santtu Tahvanainen (left) from Finland brought the number of 300 games to four. The two-handed right-hander chalked up 1375 pins to move into 18th place overall.
The last time when the Norwegian Open has seen so many 300 games was back in 2007 when seven bowlers accomplished the feat.
Two-hander William Svensson (right) of Sweden, a multiple European Youth Champion, was mere three pins behind Tahvanainen in 19th place with 1372, including high games of 269 and 267.
With six fully-booked squads to come on Friday and Saturday, the score to make the cut in 42nd place has surpassed last year’s mark of 1317. Gustaf Johansson of Sweden is the man “on the bubble” with 1320 or an average of 220 over six games.
Qualifying continues on Friday, Oct. 12, with squads 18, 19 and 20 starting at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The remaining squads on Friday and all three squads on Saturday 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.
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 17/23
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.