Kenneth Haukås kicks off final qualifying day in Norwegian Open with 1403 series


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    Norwegian misses top 8 by a whisker; takes over 10th place in the qualifying standings; Jenny Wegner totals 1370 to become the top-ranked woman of the 186-player field in 13th place; cut for 42nd place is 1285 (214.17 average)

    2013EBT16KennethHaukas.jpgKenneth Haukås (pictured left) of Norway led the 16th qualifying squad Saturday morning at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, to kick off the final qualifying day of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick with 1403 series and an average of 233.83.

    Haukås, who doesn't use his thumb to deliver the bowling ball, was consistent during the block with games of 236, 212, 258, 233, 231 and 233. Working on a double in the final, Haukås needed two strikes and an eight-count on the fill ball to leap into sixth place.

    He got the first strike but left two pins standing on his next shot to fall one pin short of the top 8 (who will advance to Final Round Four) en route to overtake 10th place in the overall qualifying standings.

    2013EBT16BrianValenta3.jpg2013EBT16SveinAkeEk.jpgBrian Valenta (left), United States, leads the field of 186 players from nine countries with 1503 and an average of 250.50. Svein Åke Ek (right) is the best Norwegian player in second place at 1494 with Arnar David Jonsson of Iceland one pin behind in third place with 1493.

    Daniel Fransson of Sweden, is fourth with 1471 and is followed by Norwegians Bjørn Einar Rudshagen and Lars-Christian Nygård fifth and sixth place with 1446 and 1413, respectively.

    The next three bowlers, Osku Palermaa of Finland, Mikael Roos of Sweden and Fredrik Tjernes of Norway are tied at 1404. The tie is broken by the higher last game which gives Palermaa (245) the seventh place, with Roos in eighth (219) and Tjernes (206) in ninth place.

    2013EBT16JennyWegner2.jpg2013EBT16IdaAndersson.jpgWith a 9-count on his second shot in the frame Haukås would have surpassed Roos and Tjernes due to the higher last game.

    Trailing the Norwegian by 22 pins to become the top-ranked female bowler in the field was Jenny Wegner (left). The Swede had games of 201, 198, 226, 217 and 204 before she finished with a huge 276 game for 1322 scratch (220.33 average) and 1370 including 48 pins handicap to jump from 52nd to 13th place.

    Her compatriot Ida Andersson (right), who had a 1290 series in Squad 15 last night, improved by 53 pins this morning to move from 36th to 20th place with 1343 total including a high game of 258.

    2013EBT16PernilleRasmussen2.jpgDanish national team member Pernille Rasmussen (right) also on course for the top 42, who will survive the first cut, but finished her set with two sub-200 games to drop to 45th place with 1275.

    Pål Selvnes of Norway slipped one spot to sit "on the bubble" in 42nd place with 1285 pins or an average of 214.17

    Qualifying concludes Saturday, Oct. 12 with Squads 17 & 18 scheduled for 1 and 5 p.m. CEST. The two semifinal rounds will follow at 9 and 10.30 p.m.

    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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