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Matthias Jansson adds his name to the leaderboard at Norwegian Open

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Matthias Jansson of Sweden averaged 224 in the last squad on Friday, 20th squad overall, at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo to add his name to the leaderboard of the Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick.

Jansson (right and above) was second in the squad behind games of 237, 214, 194, 193, 258 and 248 and moved into 22nd place in the overall qualifying standings with 1344.

His father Raymond Jansson (left) and his older brother Markus Jansson continued to lead 199-player field from Denmark, England, Iceland, Ireland, Malaysia, Sweden and Norway with 1602 and 1466, respectively.

Ronny Olavesen (right) beat out Matthias Jansson for the bragging rights by 10 pins. The Norwegian had games of 241, 212, 277, 194, 178 and 252 to leap from 55th to 15th place with 1354.

European Bowling Tour men’s point ranking leader, Carsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark, toppled 1335 pins, including games of 222, 203, 203, 213, 237 and 257, in his very first attempt, good for 25th place in the standings.

Hansen and Pontus Andersson (right) of Sweden will determine the 2017 point ranking winner. Andersson trails Hansen by 29 points but sits in 8th place in the qualifying standings in Oslo with 1375. If Andersson wins the Norwegian Open, worth 100 points, Hansen must finish second (80) to become the 2017 point ranking winner.

The fourth player who reached the 1300-plateau in squad 20 was Fredrik Tjernes (left) of Norway. Tjernes posted games of 265, 237, 179, 215, 194 and 231 to leap from 62nd to 32nd place with 1321.

It takes 1375 to make the top 8, 1353 to make the top 16, 1339 to make the top 24, 1326 to make the top 28 and 1283 to make the top 42. 28th and 42nd place belong to Ida Andersson (right) and Jenny Karlsson of Sweden, who are the only women above the cutline.

Qualifying concludes on Saturday, October 14, with squads 21, 22 and 23 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1 and 5 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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