Björn Einar Rudshagen powers his way into the lead in BNC Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #14

    Norwegian becomes the first player to crack the 1400-bar to lead field of 156 players from 20 countries with 1457; Scandinavian bowlers take control of the leader board; previous leader Jaroslav Lorenc slips to 10th place; cut for 52nd place is 1173 (195.5 average)

    2013EBT14BjornEinarRudshagen.jpgNorwegian national team member Björn Einar Rudshagen (pictured left) fired a 1457 series in Thursday's Squad 10 en route to shoot into the lead in the qualifying of the BNC Open in Bratislava, Slovakia.

    Starting the day in second place with a high series of 1314, Rudshagen averaged 242.83 including games of 234, 258, 256, 259, 209 and 241 to become the first player of the 156-player field from 20 countries who cracked the 1400-bar.

    The Norwegian Bowling Federation has announced yesterday the hiring of USBC gold level coach Andy Penny of England as the new men's coach.

    I2013EBT14JennyWegner.jpg2013EBT14OliverMorig.jpgSwedish bowlers dominated Squad 11 holding the top sis spots in this squad. Jenny Wegner (left) led the way with 1371 including 48 pins handicap, an average of 220.50 scratch, and became the first women's squad leader en route to jump into second place overall.

    Wegner was followed by Dennis Eklund and Anton Elofsson, who toppled 1366 and 1356 pins to move into third and fourth place, respectively.

    Squad 12 leader Oliver Morig (right) of Germany tied Elofsson at 1356 and took over fifth place due to Elofsson's higher last game, 218 to Morig's 202.

    2013WCJolinePerssonPlanefors.jpg2013WCOskuPalermaa.jpgSixth place belonged to another Swede, two-time European champion and 2011 women's European Bowling Tour point ranking leader Joline Persson-Planefors (left), who had 1351.

    Osku Palermaa (right) of Finland, who owns record 13 EBT titles, was second to Morig in Squad 12 with 1344, good for seventh place. Mik Stampe of Denmark (1336) and Karl Wahlgren of Sweden (1334) were close behind to take eighth and ninth place, respectively.

    Previous leader Jaroslav Lorenc of the Czech Republic fell nine spots to tenth place with 1329. Lukáš Andrassy is the best bowler of the host country Slovakia in 19th place with 1276.

    Marcus Tidbeck of Sweden holds the 52nd and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1173 or an average of 195.50.

    Qualifying continues Friday, Sept. 27 with Squads 13-16 scheduled for 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. CEST.

    2013BNCOpenLogo_small.jpg The BNC Open is the 14th event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the fifth and penultimate of EBT "Gold" tournament this season. The BNC Open, which runs from Sept. 23-29 at 16-lane BNC Bowling Center, offers total prize fund of 62.000 Euro with 7.000 Euro going to the winner and 4.500 Euro to the runner-up.

    The BNC Open will be played on a 39 feet lane conditioning pattern with 23.3 mL volume oil total.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Sept. 28 with the final qualifying Squad 20 scheduled for 9 p.m. CEST. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 64 players will advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 29: The top 52 players from the overall qualifying standings, plus the top 4 each from a separate leaderboard of the Squads on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, who are not among the top 52.

    In the first round of the finals, all 64 players will bowl 4 games with the qualifying total being carried forward. The top 8 get a second-round bye, while the players ranked 9th to 40th advance to the second round.

    Those 32 players will bowl further three games. The top 8 with the highest total of the foregoing 13 games advance to Round 3. The remaining 16 players will bowl four games starting from scratch to cut to the top 6, who will determine the champion in the stepladder finals.

    Following the BNC Open on Monday, September 30, is the sixth EBT Masters featuring the top 16 men and women of the 2012 EBT point rankings.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 tournaments in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite events.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the 2013 BNC Open gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Points are tabulated throughout the season and the top 12 men and the top 12 women qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the EBT Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.


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    Qualifying Standings after Squad 12/20