Brian Valenta shoots the second 300 game and the first 1500 series in Norwegian Open 2013


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    American two-hander shoots 1503 in Squad 13 to lead the 140-player field from eight countries; cut for 42nd place is 1246 (207.67 average)

    2013EBT16BrianValenta3.jpg2013EBT6ArnarDavidJonsson2.jpgBrian Valenta (pictured left) of the United States rolled the second 300 game of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick and the second by a two-hander to power his way to the top of the 140-player leaderboard Friday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

    Valenta, who started the day "on the bubble" in 42nd place with 1233, rolled games of 285, 200, 203, 257, 300 and 258 to become the first player who surpassed the 1500-mark with 1503 and an average of 250.50.

    2013EBT14BjornEinarRudshagen.jpg2013EBT15OskuPalermaa2.jpg Arnar David Jonsson (above right) of Iceland, who led the tournament since the second squad, slipped to second place with 1493. Norwegians Bjørn Einar Rudshagen (left) and Lars-Christian Nygård fell to third and fourth place with 1446 and 1413, respectively.

    Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa (right), who rolled the first 300-game of the tournament in last night's Squad 12, Mikael Roos of Sweden and Fredrik Tjernes of Norway, are tied at 1404 to sit in fifth, sixth and seventh place, resp.

    2013EBT16GlennMortenPedersen2.jpg2013EBT16MaiGingeJensen.jpgRounding out the top 8, who will receive three byes at the end of the qualifying, is currently Norwegian international Glenn Morten Pedersen (left) with 1399 (233.17).

    Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, is the best of 24 women in the field in 12th place with 1349.

    Mai Ginge Jensen (right) of Denmark, World Champion in All-Events in 2010, became the seventh woman above the cut line after finishing her first series with 1298 including 48 pins handicap, good for 26th place overall.

    2013EBT16MarawanAernoudt.jpg2013EBT16PetterHansen2.jpgMarawan Aernoudt (left) of Belgium was second in Squad 13 with 1319 including a 267 high game to leap into 17th place.

    Former Norwegian standout and co-owner of the host Veitvet bowling center, Petter Hanssen (right), who was fourth behind Jensen with 1269, sits in 14th place with his high series of 1328.

    Former World and European Champion Tore Torgersen (below right) of Norway averaged over 223 for the first four games but had to settle for 1259 and 38th place behind final games of 187 and 177.

    2013EBT16ToreTorgersen.jpgWith five more squads to go, Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg of Norway holds the 42nd and last place to advance directly to the finals with 1246 and an average of 207.67.

    Qualifying continues Friday, Oct. 11 with Squads 14 & 15 scheduled for 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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