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Two-hander William Svensson continues to set the tone in Norwegian Open


Following lane maintenance after the second round in the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick finals, the top eight of round two and qualifiers 9 to 16 bowled three games from scratch on fresh oil to determine the top 8 who would meet the top eight qualifiers in the fourth round.

Two-hander William Svensson (featured photo) of Sweden, who closed his 798 series in the previous round with 277 and 279, started round three with 278 and added 255 and 232 to win his second consecutive round with 765 and an average of 255 for three games.

As in the round before, Björn Lindqvist (right), also of Sweden, was second, this time with 710.

Arnar Davíð Jónsson (left) of Iceland, who won his first European Bowling Tour title in the Odense International last month, was third with 701.

Anneli Blomqvist (right) of Sweden sandwiched games of 244 and 242 around 175 to make the fifth cut in fourth place with 685, including 24 bonus pins.

2018 World Youth champion in doubles Robert Lindberg (left) of Sweden flirted with perfection, firing 8 strikes to start the third game before finishing with a 274 game and 665 total, good for fifth place in the round.

His partner at the World Youth Championships, Alfred Berggren (right) was 11 pins back in sixth place with 654.

Wendy Bartaire (left) of France was mere one pin behind Berggren in seventh place.

Bartaire had games of 242, 203 and 184 for 629 and added 24 bonus pins, eight per game for 653 total.

Robin Persson (right) of Sweden beat out 2013 Norwegian Open winner James Blomgren (below left) for the last spot to advance by five pins, 647 to 642.

The top 8 will meet qualifiers 1 to 8 in the fourth round.

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. The top 3 women after qualifying received 5.000 NOK, 3.000 NOK and 2.000 NOK bonuses, respectively.

Qualifying at the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick began Friday, Oct. 5 and concluded Saturday, Oct. 13 with the final Squad 23. Women receive 8 bonus pins each game throughout the entire tournament, an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. However, maximum score is 300.

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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Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick – Round Three Results

Top 8 advance to Final Round 4; places 9-16 eliminated, finish in 17th to 24th place.

Herbert Bickel

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