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Sweden’s Robert Lindberg paces Round 1 at Norwegian Open Finals


Robert Lindberg of Sweden paced the first of five three-game rounds to kick off the finals of the Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick Sunday morning at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

Lindberg (pictured above), who finished qualifying in 33rd place and made the semi-final cut in 9th place, came out of the gates on Sunday morning with 253 and 238 and closed things out with 195 to lead the round with 686 total and an average of 228.67.

Lars-Christian Nygård (right) of Norway, who was seventh in the semi-final, followed a big opening game (245) with 216 and 214 to take second place with 675.

Jenny Karlsson (left) was the best of the remaining three women, all from Sweden, in third place with 662.

She was followed by Skúli Freyr Sigurdsson (right) of Iceland in fourth place with 653, Håkan Persson of Sweden in fifth place with 650 and Norwegian youth bowler, Alexander Beck in sixth place with 624.

Rounding out the top 8, who advanced to the second round were the other two women, two-time European Bowling Tour champion Nina Flack (left) and last year’s Norwegian Open women’s ranking winner Ida Andersson, who totaled 622 and 621, respectively.

The top 8 will meet qualifiers 17 to 24 in the second round.

60 out of 209 players survived the qualifying cut. The semi-final round on Saturday evening trimmed the field to 40 players who determine the champion in five three-game round with the first four rounds starting from scratch.

The field is cut to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowl an additional three-game block with the pinfall from Round 4 being carried forward. The player with the highest six-game total earns the title, the 45.000 NOK top prize and 100 ranking points (men and women in separate divisions).

The Norwegian Open 2017 by Brunswick runs from Oct. 6-15 at 26-lane Veitvet Bowling Center in Norway’s capital city of Oslo and is the 11th and final stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour and also the last of three EBT “Bronze” tournaments this season.

The tournament offers total prize money of 275.000 Norwegian Kronor (currently 29.305 Euro), 36.000 NOK more than last year, with 45.000 NOK (approx. 4.795 Euro) going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 2.000 Kronor or 213 Euro for 60th place.

Bowlingdigital provides onsite coverage from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo featuring stories, photos and results after each round commencing Thursday all the way through to the finals on Sunday, October 15, completed in the late afternoon.

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 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 11th EBT Masters April 23, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Carsten Warming Hansen (586 points) of Denmark and Sweden’s Pontus Andersson (557) will determine the 2017 EBT men’s point ranking winner. Both players advanced to the finals.

Jenny Wegner of Sweden has already sealed the victory in the women’s division. Nevertheless, the Norwegian Open will decide the top eight men and top eight women in the respective point ranking, who will qualify for the EBT Masters.

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Top 8 advance to second round; Places 9-16 finish in 33rd to 40th place, earn 2.500 NOK.

Herbert Bickel

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