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Sweden’s Mattias Wetterberg rises to the top; cracks 1500-bar in Oslo

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Mattias Wetterberg of Sweden averaged over 250 in the ninth qualifying squad Monday evening at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway, to take the lead in the qualifying of the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick.

After leading squad 8 with 1363 and an average of 227.17, Wetterberg, who won his first European Bowling Tour in the Aalborg International 2017, rolled games of 243, 279, 220, 248, 289 and 235 to rise to the top of the leaderboard with 1514 total (252.33).

His fellow countryman Eric Sjøberg (left) posted the first 300 game of the tournament in the fourth game of squad 9 and despite finishing with 248 and 278 he had to settle for second place with 1497.

Previous leader Mikael Roos (right), also of Sweden, slipped to third place with 1444 and was followed by Iceland’s Arnar Davíð Jónsson and Alfred Berggren of Sweden in fourth and fifth place with 1426 and 1422, respectively.

Christoffer Wetterberg was 120 pins behind his brother after closing his set with 237, 288 and 243 to take over sixth place in the overall standings with 1394.

Rounding out the top 8 who would be seeded in fourth round of the finals were the best Norwegian bowlers in the 111-player field, Audun Boye Hansen (left) and Roy Snuggerud-Åsheim, with 1393 and 1385, respectively.

Defending championRaymond Jansson (right) of Sweden was second in squad 8 with 1350, including a high game of 259 and a pair of 254 games, to finish the fourth qualifying day in 15th place.

With nine of 23 squads, Christel Carlsson of Sweden holds the 42nd and last place to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard with 1262, including handicap, an average of 210.33 scratch. For the record, the score to make the cut in 42nd place last year was 1317 (219.50 average).

Qualifying continues on Tuesday, Oct. 9, with squads 10 & 11 scheduled to start at 5 and 8.30 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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