Total sixty players survived the qualifying cut and advanced to the finals of the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick, which got underway Saturday night with the semi-final round of 32 at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway.
Peter Hellström (featured photo) of Sweden set the pace in the six-game round starting from scratch with 1399 and an average of 233.17.
Hellström (right), who won the second of his three European Bowling Tour titles in the Norwegian Open 2012, was the lone player who had all games over 200, including 248, 231, 247, 224, 236 and 213, and leads the top 12 into the first round on Sunday morning starting at 10 a.m. CEST
His compatriot Björn Lindqvist (left) rebounded from a slow start (203 and 176) with games of 245, 249, 243 and 266 to finish in second place with 1382. Alexander Beck was the best Norwegian bowler in third place with 1352, starting and closing his set with 257 games.
Ida Andersson (right) of Sweden was the best of four women who survived the second cut. Andersson knocked down 1298 pins, an average of 216.33, and added 48 bonus pins for 1346, good for fourth place.
Joining her from the women’s side in round one are Sofia Myllymäki of Sweden (8th, 1286), Christel Carlsson of Sweden, who was the qualifying cut (9th, 1279) and Nora Kjellås of Norway (left; 11th, 1265).
Georg Skryten (right) of Norway, who had a breakthrough performance at the 2018 World Youth Championships winning the gold medal in singles, advanced in fifth place with 1304, including high games of 256, 236 and 235.
Also advancing were his fellow countrymen Jørgen Mathiesen (6th, 1299), Christer Aker (7th, 1295) and Ronny Olavesen (10th, 1277).
Defending champion Raymond Jansson (left) of Sweden, who was in danger to miss the cut after having two games in the 160s in his first four games, closed with 248 and 225 to help grab the 12th and last place to advance with 1257 and an average of 209.50.
The top 12 will meet qualifiers 25 to 28 in the first of five three-game rounds on Sunday.
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.
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. The top 3 women after qualifying received 5.000 NOK, 3.000 NOK and 2.000 NOK bonuses, respectively.
Qualifying at the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick began Friday, Oct. 5 and concluded Saturday, Oct. 13 with the final Squad 23. Women receive 8 bonus pins each game throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. However, maximum score is 300.
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.
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Finland’s Niko Oksanen uses perfection to move into 4th place in Oslo
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Sweden’s Benjamin Jonsson owns Squad 14 at Norwegian Open by Brunswick
Gaëtan Mouveroux cracks top 8 at Norwegian Open by Brunswick
Mattias Wetterberg continues to lead qualifying at Norwegian Open by Brunswick
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Mikael Roos, Arnar Davíð Jónsson move to the top in Norwegian Open 2018
Sweden’s Alfred Berggren shoots into the lead in Norwegian Open 2018
Past champion Tore Torgersen sets the scoring pace in Norwegian Open 2018
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 – Semi-final Round Results
Top 12 advance to Final Round 1; places 13-32 eliminated, finish in 41st to 60th place.