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Robin Persson of Sweden sets the tone in Squad 15 at Norwegian Open

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Bowling his very first qualifying series at the Norwegian Open by Brunswick, Robin Persson of Sweden paced the 32 players of squad 15 Tuesday evening at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway.

Persson (right, and featured photo), who sandwiched games of 180 and 199 around games of 218, 279, 204 and 247, was the lone player in this squad who surpassed the 1300-bar and therewith the cutline with 1327 total and an average of 221.17. He moved into 31st place in the overall qualifying standings.

Mattias Wetterberg leads the 158-player field with 1514 and an average of 252.33, while Ronny Olavesen of Norway slipped one spot to hold the 42nd and last place to advance from the overall leaderboard with 1302 or an average of 217.00 (last year’s cut was 1317).

John Fossum of Norway was second in squad 15 with 1273, good for 52nd place. Wendy Bartaire (right) of France was third and the best woman in this squad with 1243, including women’s bonus pins. Bartaire sits in 47th place with her high series of 1287.

Sweden’s Judith Friman was further five pins back with 1238, also including bonus pins, while multiple European Youth Champions and reigning EYC team champions Oskar Wirefeldt and William Svensson (left) were fifth and sixth in squad 15 with 1213 and 1209, respectively.

Qualifying continues on Thursday, Oct. 11, with squad 16 starting at 9 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.

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.

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Total 60 players, including the top 42 qualifiers, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14


300 games (1) – Eric Sjøberg.

Herbert Bickel

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