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Sweden’s Alfred Berggren shoots into the lead in Norwegian Open 2018


Qualifying of the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick continued Saturday with squads 2-4 and the leaderboard at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway, got a whole new look.

Alfred Berggren (featured photo) averaged 237 in squad 2 to shoot into the lead with 1422 pinfall total. Berggren, who won the gold medal in doubles with Robert Lindberg in the 2018 World Youth Championships, had games of 233, 279, 243, 216, 227 and 224. He overtook day one leader Tore Torgersen of Norway by 99 pins. Torgersen (left) slipped to eighth place with 1323.

Trailing the Berggren by 56 pins to sit in second place was Jonas Dammen (left) of Norway. Dammen used a pair of 250 games to lead squad 4 with 1366 and an average of 227.67.

Arnar Davíð Jónsson (right) of Iceland, who won his first European Bowling Tour title in the Odense International last month, was second to Berggren in squad 2 to move into third place overall with 1363, including six games between 248 and 210.

Places four and five belonged to squad 3 leaders Nina Flack (left) and Ida Andersson, both of Sweden. Former world and European champion Flack toppled 1315 pins and added 48 pins handicap to tie Jónsson with 1363. Due to the higher last game (246 to 213 in Jónsson’s favor), Flack ranks fourth on the 64-player leaderboard.

Her fellow Swedish national team member Andersson (right) was mere nine pins back in fifth place with 1354.

Rounding out the top 8 were Norwegians Øyvind Harang (1348), Tor Inge Jansen (left; 1347) and Torgersen (1323).

Qualifying continues on Sunday, Oct. 7, with squads 5, 6 and 7 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.

Raymond Jansson of Sweden is the defending champion.

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

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