Tore Torgersen cracks the top 8 in penultimate qualifying Squad in Oslo


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    Norwegian rolls 1467 block to bump up to fifth place; Mads Sandbækken (NOR) and Robert Andersson (SWE) are the only players to move above the cut line in Squad 17; cut for 42nd place is 1287 (214.50 average)

    2013EBT16ToreTorgersen.jpg2013EBT16BrianValenta3.jpgTore Torgersen (pictured left) made a considerable move toward the top of the standings, going from 23rd to fifth place when the long-time Norwegian national team member rolled a 1467-block in the penultimate qualifying squad of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick.

    Bowling in this squad "to find out what I'm doing wrong" Torgersen must have found it out pretty early or he can't have found much at all. The former World and European Champion started the block with 246 and 234 followed by high games of 279 and 253 before he closed things out with 232 and 223, an average of 245.17.

    2013EBT16SveinAkeEk.jpg2013EBT16MadsSandbakken3.jpgBrian Valenta, United States, continued to lead the field of 191 players from nine countries with 1503 and an average of 250.50. Svein Åke Ek is the best Norwegian player in second place at 1494 with Arnar David Jonsson of Iceland one pin behind in third place with 1493 and Daniel Fransson of Sweden in fourth with 1471.

    Two-time European champion Mads Sandbækken (right) of Norway easily topped Torgersen's leapfrog by totaling 1341 pins (223.50 average) to rocket from 96th to 22nd place. Sandbækken started with 227, 229 and 216 and rebounded from a 177 in game four with 237 and 255.

    2013EBT16RobertAndersson.jpg2013EBT16PatcharinTorgersen.jpgBowling his first block in this event, Robert Andersson (left) of Sweden had to strike in the last three frames to make the cut in his very first attempt. The World and European Champion reeled off four consecutive strikes and got eight on the fill ball to finish with 1299 (216.50), good for 36th place overall.

    Heading into the 18th and last qualifying squad, the cut for the top 8, who will advance to Final Round 4, is 1404 (Osku Palermaa, Finland, due to the higher last game - 245).

    The cut for 16th place (players 9-16 go to Round 3) is 1361 (Øyvin Kulseng, Norway), while the cut for 24th place (Round 2) and 28th (Round 1) is 1318 (Petter Hansen, Norway) and 1310 (Patcharin Torgersen, right), respectively.

    Tor Inge Jansen of Norway slipped one spot to sit "on the bubble" in 42nd place (players ranked 29th to 42nd place go to Semifinal Round 1) with 1287 or an average of 214.50.

    Qualifying concludes Saturday, Oct. 12 with Squad 18 scheduled for 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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