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Iceland’s Arnar Davíð Jónsson powers his way into the top 8


Arnar Davíð Jónsson of Iceland averaged almost 230 in Friday morning’s squad 17 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo to jump into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings of the Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick.

Jónsson (right and above), one of 12 bowlers of the Islandic national squad here in Oslo, started the day in 31st place with a high score of 1285.

The right-hander came out of the gates with 237 and 229 followed by his only subpar game. He rebounded from a 188 game with back-to-back 233 and closed with his high game of 256 for 1376. He was the only player in this squad who surpassed the 1300-bar.

Raymond Jansson (left) of Sweden leads the 173-player field from seven countries with 1602, the fourth-highest six-game series in the 18-year history of the European Bowling Tour.

The players in second through fifth place have reached the 1400-plateau: Markus Jansson (2nd, 1466) of Sweden, Jonas Dammen (3rd, 1463) of Norway and Swedes, Benjamin Jonsson (4th, 1423) and Andreas Hansen (right; 5th, 1422).

Round out the top 8, who will miss the semi-final round on Saturday evening and the first three rounds of Sunday’s finals are Swedes Pontus Andersson (7th, 1375) and Lars Lundahl (left; 8th, 1373, 228.83 avg.).

2014 Norwegian Open champion Tore Torgersen (right) of Norway currently mans the 16th and last place to earn two byes for the finals with 1349 (224.83). His fellow countryman Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg slipped to 24th place with 1323 (220.50), the last spot to bypass the first round of the finals.

Øyvind Harang (left) of Norway, who missed the 1300-mark by just one pin, holds 28th place with (1299, 216.50), the last place to bypass the semi-final round.

Gunnar Þór Ásgeirsson (right) of Iceland, who led squad 17 after five games with 1131, started his last game with three unconverted splits and despite five strikes in the last four frames, the two-hander suffered a 159 game and had to settle for 31st place with 1290.

Fredrik Finstad Anshus of Norway was close behind with 1283, good for 35th place overall. Oskar Wirefeldt of Sweden closed the squad with 239 and 268 to sit “on the bubble” in 42nd place with 1268 and an average of 211.33. For the records, the cut for 42nd place last year was 1308 (218 average).

with 17 out of 23 squads in the books, Jenny Karlsson of Sweden is the woman out of 33 above the cut line in 34th place with 1283, including eight pins handicap each game.

Qualifying continues on Friday, October 13th, with squads 18, 19 and 20 scheduled to start at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo featuring stories, photos and results after each round commencing Thursday all the way through to the finals on Sunday, October 15, completed in the late afternoon.

The Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick runs from Oct. 6-15 at 26-lane Veitvet Bowling Center in Norway’s capital city of Oslo and is the 11th and final stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and also the last of three EBT “Bronze” tournaments this season.

The tournament offers total prize money of 275.000 Norwegian Kronor (currently 29.305 Euro), 36.000 NOK more than last year, with 45.000 NOK (approx. 4.795 Euro) going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 2.000 Kronor or 213 Euro for 60th place.

Qualifying at the Norwegian Open begins Friday, Oct. 6 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 14 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. 14 & 15, including the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings, two players from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-7, who are not among the top 42, the next four women, the next four juniors (must not be born before Sept. 1, 1999), the next four seniors (must be 50 years of age on Oct. 6th) and two players each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list (highest score in qualifying game 5 and 6, respectively; separate fee necessary).

The top 8 qualifiers are 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 Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

The remaining forty players determine the champion in five three-game rounds (rounds 1-4 starting from scratch). The field is trimmed to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowl the 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).

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 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 11th EBT Masters April 23, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Carsten Warming Hansen (586 points) of Denmark and Sweden’s Pontus Andersson (557), who both have registered for the event, will determine the 2017 EBT men’s point ranking winner.

Jenny Wegner of Sweden has already sealed the victory in the women’s division. Nevertheless, the Norwegian Open will decide the top eight men and top eight women in the respective point ranking, who will qualify for the EBT Masters.

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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. 14 & 15

300 games (1) – Raymond Jansson.

Herbert Bickel

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