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Swedish bowlers take control of the leaderboard in Norwegian Open


Swedish bowlers led Sunday’s qualifying squads 5 and 6 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo and took control of the leaderboard of the Norwegian Open 2016 by Brunswick as the number of participants nears the 100-mark.

With 99 players from Norway and Sweden in the books, Swedish players hold the top five spots and eight of the top 10.

Isabelle Hultin (pictured above) became the third player in this year’s event who surpassed the 1400-nark after averaging 229 in squad 6. Hultin turned in a consistent performance and toppled 1374 pins, including games of 225, 237, 215, 224, 246 and 227, and added eight pins handicap each game to leap into second place with 1422.

2016EBT15AntonPersson2016EBT15PontusAnderssonSquad 4 leader Anton Persson remained in the lead with 1425 and the field-best 237.50 average. Pontus Andersson slipped one spot to third place with 1406, including the tournament’s lone 300 game so far.

The sons of Swedish standout Raymond Jansson, Mattias and Markus Jansson, moved into fourth and fifth place in the overall standings Sunday. Mattias led squad 5 with 1372, including games of 217, 219, 256, 267, 194 and 219.

His older brother Markus, who won his first European Bowling Tour title last year in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament, had 1338 in squad 5 and 1366 in squad 6.

Fredrik Tjernes was the best Norwegian bowler in sixth place with 1360. He was followed by Swedes Kristian Persson (1354), Alfred Berggren (1349) and Anton Ahlgren (1342). Rounding out the top 10 was day 1 leader Øyvind Harang of Norway with 1328.

Arne Harry Sæther of Norway currently holds the 42nd and last place to make the qualifying cut with 1173 or an average of 195.50.

Qualifying continues on Monday, Oct. 10, with squads 8 and 9 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

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