Svein Åke Ek closes Friday's qualifying with the third perfecto of the Norwegian Open


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    "Striking Viking" uses high games of 300, 279, 278 to shoot into second place with 1494; Brian Valenta (USA) holds on to the lead with 1503; cut for 42nd place is up to 1284 (214 average)

    2013EBT16SveinAkeEk2.jpgNorwegian national team member Svein Åke Ek closed the 15th qualifying squad Friday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo with the third perfecto of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick to shoot into second place in the overall qualifying standings.

    Ek started the last squad of the penultimate qualifying day with games of 227 and 214 before he set the first highlight with 278 in the third game. After his low game of 196, the "Striking Viking" put on a show and finished with 279 and 300 for 1493 or an average of 248.83 for six games.

    The photo shows Ek posing under the new monitors at Veitvet bowling center.

    2013EBT16BrianValenta.jpg2013EBT16DanielFransson.jpgBrian Valenta (left), a two-hander from the United States, who shot 1503 in the morning squad 13 including the second 300 game, held on to the lead by nine pins. Previous leader Arnar David Jonsson of Iceland fell to fourth place with 1493.

    Daniel Fransson (right) of Sweden, who posted a 1471 series in Squad 14 this afternoon, sits in fourth place and is followed by Norwegians Bjørn Einar Rudshagen and Lars-Christian Nygård fifth and sixth place with 1446 and 1413, respectively.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will bypass the first three rounds of the finals are Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa , who rolled the first 300-game of the tournament in Squad 12 and Mikael Roos of Sweden, both on 1404.

    2013EBT16BrittBrondsted.jpg2013EBT16AndreaHansen.jpgBritt Brøndsted (left) of Denmark is the best of 36 women in the 175-player field in 12th place with 1366 including 48 pins women's handicap.

    Norwegian national team mmeber Andrea E. Hansen (right)  was mere twenty pins behind the three-time European Bowling Tour point ranking leader with 1346 including high games of 245 and 237 to jump into 16th place with 1346.

    Konstantin Matvienko of Russia had high games of 239, 245 and 265 to tie Hansen at 1346 but to sit in 17th place due to Hansen's higher last game (scratch), 208 to 206.

    Another six players in Squad 15 moved into the top 42, who will qualify directly for the finals. Kenneth Haukås of Norway and Swede Anna Andersson tied at 1312. Haukås' 265 final game propelled him into 23rd place with Andersson (233) in 24th place.

    2013EBT16IdaAnderssonJennyWegner.jpg2013EBT16TannerSpacey.jpgStig Rune Barstad of Norway had six games between 204 and 233 to move into 35th place with 1293. Ida Andersson of Sweden (pictured left with Jenny Wegner, right) was three pins behind Barstad with 1290, good for 36th place. Andersson brings the number of women in the top 42 to ten.

    Pål Selvnes of Norway toppled 1285 pins to take 40th place. A familiar face on the European Bowling Tour, Tanner Spacey (right), United States, had 1284 and is the man "on the bubble" in 42nd place with an average of 214.

    Qualifying concludes Saturday, Oct. 12 with Squads 16-18 scheduled for 9 a.m., 1 and 5 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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