Osku Palermaa achieves perfection; rolls first 300-game of the Norwegian Open 2013


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    Two-hander leads Squad 12 with 1404 to move into fourth place; Glenn Morten Pedersen (NOR), Frode Jørgen Aaneby (NOR), Daniel Fransson (SWE), and Patcharin Torgersen (NOR) crack the 1300-bar; Brian Valenta (USA) is "on the bubble" in 42nd place with 1233 (205.50 average)

    2013EBT16OskuPalermaa.jpg2013EBT16VelkommentilVeivetBowling.jpgOsku Palermaa (pictured left) rolled the first 300-game of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick in Squad 12 Thursday evening at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, en route to move into a three-way tie for fourth place with 1404.

    The Finnish two-hander, who set a new record for six games on the European Bowling Tour in the Vienna Open in Austria last when he put together a 1614 series (269 average), had games of 236, 197, 300, 217, 209 and 245, an average of 234.

    2013EBT16MikaelRoos.jpg2012EBT17FredrikTjernes.jpgPalermaa, who owns record 13 titles on the European Bowling Tour and three titles including one "major" on Professional Bowlers Association Tour, tied Sweden's Mikael Roos (left) and Fredrik Tjernes (right).

    Palermaa ranks fourth, Roos fifth and Tjernes sixth due to the European Bowling Tour's higher-last-game rule, 245-219-206.

    Arnar David Jonsson of Iceland leads the field of 128 players from seven countries since Squad 2 with 1493 and an average of 248.83. Norwegians Bjørn Einar Rudshagen and Lars-Christian Nygård remained in second and third place with 1446 and 1413, respectively.

    2013EBT16GlennMortenPedersen2.jpg2013EBT16DanielFransson.jpgAnother four players of Squad 12 cracked the 1300-bar. Norwegians Glenn Morten Pedersen (left) and Frode Jørgen Aaneby toppled 1353 and 1335 but stayed in seventh and 10th place with their high series of 1399 and 1351, respectively.

    Daniel Fransson (right) of Sweden trailed Palermaa by mere three pins behind a 276 in game five, but had to settle for 14th place with 1326 after he closed out with 170.

    Starting the squad in 41st place with a high series of 1218, long-time Norwegian national team member Patcharin Torgersen (below left) averaged 210.33 scratch and added 48 pins handicap to her 1262 series to overtake 16th place with 1310.

    2013EBT16PatcharinTorgersen.jpg2013EBT16LineBergAlmestrand2.jpgHer fellow national team member Heidi Thorstensen is the best of 24 women in the field in 11th place with 1349. Former national team member Jeanett Haavelmoen Johansen, who led Squad 10 on Thursday afternoon with 1300, slipped to 21st place.

    Norwegians Line Berg Almestrand (right) and Tone Gustafsson were next to Torgersen in Squad 12 with 1271 and 1247, good for 31st and 37th place overall. Norwegian Under-21 national team members Sandra Bakken, who fell four spots to 33rd place with 1267, brings the number of women in the top 42 to six.

    2013EBT16BrianValenta2.jpgBrian Valenta (right), United States, a PBA bowler who uses the two-hand delivery, had six games between 202 and 211 to sit in 42nd and last place to directly qualify for the finals with 1233 or an average of 205.50.

    Qualifying continues Friday, Oct. 11 with Squad 13-15 scheduled for 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. CEST.

    2013NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg The Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick is the 16th stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the fifth out of seven EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament will be held from Oct. 4-13, 2013 at 26-lane Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    As a result of a sponsorship agreement with Brunswick, the NO 2013 has increased the total prize fund to 224.000 NOK (currently 27.625 Euro). The winner will receive 35.000 NOK (4.315 Euro) and the runner-up gets 20.000 NOK (2.465 Euro).

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick live from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo commencing Thursday, October 10, all the way through to the finals.

    The qualifying of the Norwegian Open runs from Friday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 12 with the final Squad 18 scheduled for 5 p.m. local time (CEST). Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour

    In a change for 2013 the last qualifying squad on Saturday evening was replaced by two semifinal rounds and the top 60 instead of the top 40 players will cash.

    A total of 60 players will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 & 13:
    • the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings
    • two players from a separate leaderboard of Squad 1-7, who are not among the top 42
    • the next four women
    • the next four juniors (must not be born before Sept. 1, 1995)
    • the next four seniors (must be 50 years of age at the first day of the tournament)
    • 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 qualified for Round 4, places 9-16 go to Round 3, places 17-24 start in Round 2 and places 25-28 begin in Round 1. The other 32 finalists advance to Saturday's Semifinal Round 1 which begins at 9 p.m. CEST.

    The top 24 players after three game scratch advance to the Semifinal Round 2, which gets underway at 10:30 p.m. Those bowl another three games with the pinfall carried over. The top 12 qualify for Final Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

    The remaining forty players will determine the champion in five three-game rounds. The field will be trimmed from 40 to 32, 24, 16, and then eight who bowl a final three-game block with the pinfall from Round 4 carried forward.

    The player with the highest six-game total will earn the EBT title, 50 ranking points and the 35.000 NOK top prize.

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

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament such as the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 12 men and the top 12 women at the end of the 2013 season qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.


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