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Swedes dominate qualifying as Norwegian Open nears halfway point


Swedish bowlers hold the top 6 spots and 9 out of the top 10 in the Norwegian Open 2016 by Brunswick as qualifying nears the halfway point at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, after Tuesday’s squads 10 and 11.

Swedish women’s national team member Ida Andersson (pictured above) led the afternoon squad with 1365 total, including 48 pins women’s handicap, to move into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings.

Andersson, led the women’s ranking in Oslo last year after finishing in eighth place, had five games between 201 and 216 and a high game of 276 in game five, an average of 219.50 without handicap.

2016EBT15AntonPerssonAnton Persson leads the 135-player field from Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Switzerland since squad 4 with 1425 and an average of 237.50. Isabelle Hultin is the best of 19 women in second place with 1422, including handicap.

2016EBT15PontusAnderssonRounding out the top 5 are Pontus Andersson (right, 1406) and brothers Mattias Jansson (1372) and Markus Jansson (1366). The best Norwegian bowler, Fredrik Tjernes, slipped to seventh place with 1360.

Kristian Persson currently holds eighth place with 1354 and an average of 225.67. The top 8 at the end of the qualifying would miss the first three rounds of the finals.

Glenn Morten Pedersen was the only other player on Tuesday, who surpassed the 1300-mark. The Norwegian national team member moved into 13th place after leading the evening squad with 1323, including five games between 212 and 239 and a low game of 183.

Mattias Melin of Sweden holds the 42nd and last qualifying spot with 1222 and an average of 203.67.

Qualifying continues on Wednesday, Oct. 12, with squads 12 and 13 scheduled to start at 5 and 8.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The Norwegian Open 2016 by Brunswick is the 15th and penultimate stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the last of six EBT “Satellite” tournaments this season. The tournament runs from Oct. 7-16 at Veitvet Bowling Center, a 26-laner in Norway’s capital city of Oslo.

The tournament offers total prize fund of 239.000 Norwegian Kronor (approx. 26.715 Euro) with 40.000 NOK (approx. 4.471 Euro) going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 1.000 Kronor or 111 Euro for 60th place.

As the event clashes with the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Shanghai, China, there will be no onsite coverage of the Norwegian Open this year.

Qualifying of the Norwegian Open begins Friday, Oct. 7 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 15 with the final Squad 23 scheduled for 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. 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. 15 & 16:

  • the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings
  • two players from a separate leaderboard of Squad 1-7, who were not among the top 42
  • the next four women
  • the next four juniors (must not be born before Sept. 1, 1998)
  • the next four seniors (must be 50 years of age on Oct. 7th)
  • and two players each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list (highest score in qualifying game 5 and 6, respectively; separate fee necessary).

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 scratch with the top 12 advancing to Final Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 9 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 a final three-game block with the pinfall from Round 4 being carried forward.

The player with the highest six-game total will earn the title, the 40.000 NOK top prize and 50 EBT ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).

For the complete tournament information, click here.

2016EBTLogo2The 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 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 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters May 29, 2017, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

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60 players, including the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 & 16

300 games (1) – Pontus Andersson.

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