Six-time European Youth Champion William Svensson
averaged 266 for three games to set the tone in the second round of the finals in the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick.
Svensson (right, and featured photo), who won two EYC titles each in 2016, 2017 and 2018, fired games of 242, 277 and 279 for 798 to beat out his compatriot Björn Lindqvist for the top spot by 25 pins. Lindqvist (left), who survived the first round cut in eighth place, qualified for the third round in second place with 773, including 277 and back-to-back 248 games.
Norwegian champion Jonas Dammen was third with 728 and was followed by World and European Youth champion Robert Lindberg in fourth place with 715 and 2013 Norwegian Open winner James Blomgren in fifth place with 711.
Norwegians Audun Boye Hansen and Tor Inge Jansen (left) made the fourth cut in sixth and seventh place with 695 and 691, respectively.
Former EYC champion Alida Molander (right) took the eighth and last spot to advance with 662, including eight bonus pins per game. Molander overtook defending champion Raymond Jansson (belwo left) of Sweden in the last game by nine pins, who finished in ninth place with 653 and was eliminated.
The top 8 will meet qualifiers 9 to 16 in the third 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.
Raymond Jansson leads Final Round 1 at Norwegian Open
Peter Hellström paces Semifinal Round at Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick
Sweden’s Peter Ljung saves best for last, shoots 1530 to win qualifying in Norwegian Open
Strong finish propels Sweden’s Robert Lindberg into 26th place in Oslo
Denmark’s Mai Ginge Jensen shoots 1471 to start final qualifying day in Oslo
EYC Masters champ Oskar Wirefeldt of Sweden leads Squad 20 by 140 pins
Cajsa Wegner joins 1400-club at Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick
Swedes Hellström, Lindberg, Carlsson shoot over 1340 in Squad 18 in Oslo
Frenchman Gaëtan Mouveroux regains spot in the top 8 at Norwegian Open
Finland’s Niko Oksanen uses perfection to move into 4th place in Oslo
Robin Persson of Sweden sets the tone in Squad 15 at Norwegian Open
Sweden’s Benjamin Jonsson owns Squad 14 at Norwegian Open by Brunswick
Gaëtan Mouveroux cracks top 8 at Norwegian Open by Brunswick
Mattias Wetterberg continues to lead qualifying at Norwegian Open by Brunswick
Sweden’s Mattias Wetterberg rises to the top; cracks 1500-bar in Oslo
Mikael Roos, Arnar Davíð Jónsson move to the top in Norwegian Open 2018
Sweden’s Alfred Berggren shoots into the lead in Norwegian Open 2018
Past champion Tore Torgersen sets the scoring pace in Norwegian Open 2018
Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick – Tournament Preview
Raymond Jansson mounts big comeback, wins 2017 Norwegian Open for first EBT title
2018 European Bowling Tour Schedule & Champions
EBT Men’s Ranking after 11/12 events
EBT Women’s Ranking after 11/12 events
Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick – Round Two Results
Top 8 advance to Final Round 3; places 9-16 eliminated, finish in 25th to 32nd place.