The 2018 European Bowling Tour nears conclusion as the final tournament of the season, the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick
, got underway Friday afternoon with the first squad at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway.
Former world and European champion Tore Torgersen (featured photo) set the scoring pace leading a field of 16 Norwegian bowlers with 1323 pinfall total and an average of 220.50 for six games.
Torgersen, who won the fourth of his five EBT titles in the 2014 Norwegian Open, got out to a good start with games of 222 and 286. After a 174 low game, he closed with 220, 205 and 216 to take the early lead.
Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg (left) was the only other player, who surpassed the 1300-mark. Solberg, who led the opening squad last year with 1312, held the pole position after five games (200, 225, 226, 277 and 205), but had to settle for second place with 1307 after a 174 last game.
For the record, the score to make the cut in 42nd place last year was 1317 (219.50 average).
Qualifying continues on Saturday, Oct. 6, with squads 2, 3 and 4 scheduled to start at 11 a.m., 2.30 and 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).
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.
Raymond Jansson is the defending champion. Eighteen years after the former world and European champion quit his illustrious international career in 1999, Jansson mounted one of the biggest comebacks in the sport of tenpin bowling when he captured his first European Bowling Tour title in the Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick.
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.
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 1/23
Total 60 players, including the top 42 qualifiers, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14