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Iceland’s Jon Ingi Ragnarsson storms into top 5 in Oslo


Jon Ingi Ragnarsson, one of 12 competitors from Iceland in the Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick, dominated the penultimate qualifying squad by averaging 240 for six games Saturday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

Ragnarsson (right) used four games between 245 and 259 and low games of 208 and 225 for 1440 to storm into fifth place in the overall qualifying standings.

The picture above shows the Islandic squad, including coaches, at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

Raymond Jansson (left) and his older son Markus Jansson lead the 208-player field from seven countries since squads 6 and 7 with record 1602 and 1466, respectively.

Places three and four belonged to Norwegians Tore Torgersen (right), the winner of the 2014 Norwegian Open and Junior Team Norway member Jonas Dammen, both with 1463.

Places 6-8 belonged to Swedish bowlers, Benjamin Jonsson (6th, 1423), Andreas Hansen (7th, 1422) and 2013 Norwegian Open champion James Gruffman (left), who holds the eighth and last place to earn three byes for Sunday’s finale with 1378.

Ragnarsson’s feat came at the expense of his team mate Arnar Davíð Jónsson (right), who slipped out of the top 8 to 9th place with 1376. Qualifiers 9 to 16 will receive two byes for the finals.

European Bowling Tour men’s point ranking leader, Carsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark, improved his score from yesterday evening by 20 pins to leap into 21st place with 1355. Hansen started his set with two games under 200 but closed in style with 242, 226, 259 and 247. Qualifiers 17 to 24 will receive a first-round bye.

Nevertheless, Hansen will be trying to improve his seeding for the finals in the 23rd and last squad as his lone rival for the 2017 point ranking crown, Pontus Andersson (right) of Sweden, sits in 10th place with 1375.

Einar Már Björnsson (left) from Iceland led squad 22 after three games with 737, including games of 266, 235 and 236, but was unable to match the vigorous pace he maintained during the first three games. He closed with 187, 189 and 192 for 1305, nine pins less than his high series of 1314, which is now the cutoff number for 42nd place.

Audun Boye Hansen (right; 1313) of Norway, Patrik Jannik Soerensen (1312) of Denmark and Emanuel Jonsson (1310) of Sweden fell 1, 2 and 4 pins short to sit just outside the top 42 in 43rd, 44th and 45th place, respectively.

Qualifying concludes with squad 23 which got underway at 5 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Following at 9 p.m. is the semi-final round for qualifiers 29-60.

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