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Tore Torgersen shoots into third place at Norwegian Open by Brunswick


Former world and European champion Tore Torgersen of Norway averaged 243.83 in squad 18 Friday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo to leap from 16th to third place in the qualifying of the Norwegian Open by Brunswick.

The right-hander (pictured right and above), who won the most prestigious tournament in his country in 2014, had games of 276, 223, 254, 186, 277 and 247 to tie Junior Team Norway member Jonas Dammen at 1463 and to become the top-ranked Norwegian bowler by the higher last game, 247 to 236, in Torgersen’s favor.

The father and son duo of Raymond and Markus Jansson of Sweden continued to lead the 184-player field from Denmark, England, Iceland, Ireland, Malaysia, Sweden and Norway with 1602 and 1466, respectively.

Rounding out the top 8, who will bypass the first three rounds of the Sunday’s finals, were Benjamin Jonsson (left; 1423), Andreas Hansen (1422), both Sweden, Arnar Davíð Jónsson (1376) of Iceland and Pontus Andersson (1375) of Sweden.

Another four Swedish bowlers surpassed the 1300-mark in squad 18. Mattias Wetterberg (pictured right with Daniel Fransson, right) had five games between 257 and 203 and a low last game of 194 to move into 14th place with 1359. Robert Lindberg and Daniel Fransson tied at 1339. Lindberg took over 22nd place, while Fransson sits in 11th place with his high series of 1366.

Last year’s women’s ranking winner and third place finisher Ida Andersson (left) closed her set with a big 257 game for 1278 and added 48 pins handicap (8 per game) to pace the 35 women in the field in 25th place with 1326 total.

Andersson and 37th place Jenny Karlsson of Sweden are the only women above cut line. Håkan Persson of Sweden was sixth in squad 18 with 1273 (212.17) to take over 42nd place, the last spot to advance to Saturday’s semi-final round.

Qualifying continues on Friday, October 13th, with squads 19 and 20 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Bowlingdigital will provide 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 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.

Qualifying at the Norwegian Open begins Friday, Oct. 6 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 14 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. 14 & 15, including the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings, two players from a separate leaderboard of squads 1-7, who are not among the top 42, the next four women, the next four juniors (must not be born before Sept. 1, 1999), the next four seniors (must be 50 years of age on Oct. 6th) and two players each from the Turbo 1 and 2 list (highest score in qualifying game 5 and 6, respectively; separate fee necessary).

The top 8 qualifiers are 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 Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

The remaining forty players determine the champion in five three-game rounds (rounds 1-4 starting from scratch). The field is trimmed to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowl the 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).

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), who both have registered for the event, will determine the 2017 EBT men’s point ranking winner.

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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60 players, including the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 & 15

300 games (1) – Raymond Jansson.

Herbert Bickel

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