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Sweden’s Benjamin Jonsson owns Squad 14 at Norwegian Open by Brunswick


For the third consecutive year, Benjamin Jonsson of Sweden led the 14th qualifying squad at the Norwegian Open by Brunswick, the final event of the 2018 European Bowling Tour, which is currently underway at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway.

Jonsson (right, and featured photo) had 1376 in the 2016 event, improved by 47 pins to 1423 in 2017 and another 43 pins this year to rocket into third place in the overall qualifying standings. Jonsson started his six game series Thursday afternoon with 230, 218 and 204 before he averaged over 271 for the last three games (279, 269 and 266) for 814 and 1466 total.

Swedish bowlers continued to dominate the 134-player leaderboard as they man the first four places. One-time EBT champion Mattias Wetterberg holds the pole position since squad 9 with 1514 and an average of 252.33.

Eric Sjøberg (right), who had the only 300 game in the tournament, also in squad 9, remained in second place with 1497, while Mikael Roos fell from third to fourth place with 1444.

The best Norwegian bowler in the field is Audun Boye Hansen (left) in ninth place with 1383. Swedish champion Annie Thorell of Sweden is the best of 24 women in 16th place with 1366, including eight bonus pins each game, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

Trailing Jonsson by 122 pins to finish squad 14 in second place was Jan Egil Hansen (right) of Norway. Hansen rebounded from a slow start (171) with 226, 201, 268, 266 and 212 to leap into 25th place with 1344.

Notables who moved into the top 42 in their very first attempt were Finnish national team member Niko Oksanen (left; 35th, 1316) and former Norwegian national team member Mads Sandbækken (38th, 1307).

The score to make the cut in 42nd place has reached 1300-plateau. Håkan Persson of Sweden is the man “on the bubble” with an average of 216.67 for six games.

Qualifying continues on Thursday, Oct. 11, with squads 15 & 16 starting at 5 and 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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Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick – Standings after Squad 14/23

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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