Daniel Fransson adds his name to the qualifying leaderboard in Squad 14 in Oslo


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    Swede averages over 245 on his way to third place; Brian Valenta (USA) continues to lead with 1503 heading into the last squad on Friday; cut for 42nd place is 1260 (210 average)

    2013EBT16DanielFransson2.jpg2013EBT16BrianValenta3.jpgDaniel Fransson (pictured left) of Sweden averaged 245.17 to lead the 14th qualifying squad Friday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo with 1471 total and to leap 12 spots into third place in the overall qualifying standings of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick.

    Fransson, who was in 15th place with 1326, topped his previous high score by 145 pins behind games of 248, 255, 226, 268, 228 and 246.

    2013EBT16LarsChristianNygard.jpg2012EBT17FredrikTjernes.jpgTwo-hander Brian Valenta (above right) of the United States, who rolled the second 300 game in the previous squad, continued to lead the field of 157 players from eight countries with 1503 and an average of 250.50. Arnar David Jonsson of Iceland remained in second place with 1493.

    Bjørn Einar Rudshagen and Lars-Christian Nygård (left) are the best Norwegian bowlers in fourth and fifth place with 1446 and 1413, respectively.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will bypass the first three rounds of the finals currently are Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa, who rolled the first 300-game of the tournament in last night's Squad 12, Mikael Roos of Sweden and Fredrik Tjernes (above right) of Norway, all with 1404.

    2013EBT16BrittBrondsted.jpg2013EBT16ChristelCarlsson.jpg Former World Ranking Masters champion and three-time European Bowling Tour women's point ranking leader, Britt Brøndsted (left) of Denmark had 1318 scratch (219.67 average) including a high game of 255 and added including 48 pins handicap to sit in 11th place with 1366. Brøndsted is the best of 31 women in the field so far.

    Senior World Champion Christel Carlsson (right) of Sweden was just 27 pins behind with 1339 including handicap to jump into 16th place in her very first attempt.

    Former World and European Champion Tore Torgersen of Norway averaged 220 to leap from 38th to 18th place with 1321 including a 289 opening game.

    2013EBT16JimmyMortensen2.jpg2013EBT16SigbjornEide.jpgAnnie Thorell became the ninth woman in the top 42 as the Swede moved into 32nd place with 1289 with handicap. Jimmy Mortensen (left) of Denmark rolled a 1266 series including a high game of 269 to move one spot above the cut line into 41st place with 1266.

    Norwegian Under-21 national team member Sigbjørn Eide (right) now holds the 42nd and last place to advance directly to the finals with 1260 and an average of 210.

    Qualifying continues Friday, Oct. 11 with Squad 15 scheduled for 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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