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No changes atop the leaderboard at Norwegian Open on Monday


2016EBT15MadsSandbakkenThere were no changes atop the leaderboard in squads 8 and 9 at the Norwegian Open 2016 by Brunswick Monday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, as just two players toppled more than 1300 pins.

Andreas Skoglund (pictured above led the afternoon squad with 1337, including games of 226, 173, 256, 202, 243 and 237 to move into 10th place in the overall qualifying standings.

Norwegian standout Mads Sandbækken (right) paced the evening squad with 1315 after starting with five games between 211 and 241 before closing with 176.

2016EBT15AntonPersson2016EBT15IsabelleHultinSwedish bowlers hold the top 5 places with 9 out of 23 squads completed. Anton Persson (left) continued to lead the 126 players from Norway, Sweden and Iceland with 1425 and an average of 237.50.

Isabelle Hultin (right) was the best of 17 women in second place with 1374 scratch and 1422 including women’s handicap. Pontus Andersson (1406) is the only other player who has surpassed the 1400 mark highlighted by the tournament’s lone 300 game.

Brothers Mattias and Markus Jansson sit in fourth and fifth place with 1372 and 1366, respectively. Fredrik Tjernes was the best Norwegian bowler in sixth place with 1360.

The score to make the cut in 42nd place surpassed the 1200-mark on Monday. Jan Alexander Hansen of Norway is the man “on the bubble” with 2011 or an average of 201.83.

Qualifying continues on Tuesday, Oct. 11, with squads 10 and 11 scheduled to start at 5 and 8.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

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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