Brian Valenta wins qualifying in Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    U.S. American has the lone 1500-series to lead 60 of 192 players into the finals; places 29-60 start with the semifinals Saturday evening; Jimmy Mortensen (DEN) and Robert Andersson (SWE) crack the top 8 in the last squad; Norwegians Pål Selvnes, Olav J. Olsen move into top 42; cut for 42nd place is 1293 (215.50 average)

    2013EBT16BrianValenta2.jpg2013EBT16JimmyMortensen3.jpgBrian Valenta (pictured left) of the United States won the qualifying of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick which concluded Saturday evening with the 18th qualifying squad at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    Valenta, who rolled a 1503 series (250.50 average) in Squad 13 to finish atop the leaderboard of 192 players from nine countries, survived a strong charge by Jimmy Mortensen (right) of Denmark and Robert Andersson of Sweden in the last squad.

    2013EBT16RobertAnderssonwithAldaandElma.jpgMortensen started his series with 217 and 207, then reeled off 22 consecutive strikes for 290 and 297, and closed out with 247 and 233 for 1491 and an average of 248.50 to rocket from 53rd to fourth place.

    Andersson, who toppled 1299 in his first attempt in Squad 17, had games 254, 278, 235, 249, 198 and 245 for 1459 (243.17) to jump from 36th to seventh place, which gives him more time for girlfriend Alda and daughter Elma (pictured) as he must not bowl before Sunday 3.30 p.m.

    2013EBT16SveinAkeEk.jpg2013EBT6ArnarDavidJonsson3.jpgSvein Åke Ek (left) was the top Norwegian player in second place at 1494. Squad 2 leader Arnar David Jonsson (right) of Iceland was mere one pin behind in third place with 1493.

    Daniel Fransson was the best player from Sweden in fifth place with 1471. Sixth place belonged to Norwegian Tore Torgersen with 1467.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will bypass the semifinals tonight and the first three rounds of the finals on Sunday, was Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, Norway, who was next to Jonsson in Squad 2 with 1446 and an average of 241.

    2013EBT16JennyWegner2.jpg2013EBT16PalSelvnes.jpgJenny Wegner (left) of Sweden was the best woman in the field in 16th place with 1370 including 48 pins handicap. Ten out of 41 women finished in the top 42.

    Another two Norwegians saved their best for the last squad en route to make the first cut. Under-21 national team member Pål Selvnes (right) closed out his set with 235, 259 and 236 to leap into the coveted 24 place with 1342 (223.67) to avoid the semifinal rounds.

    Olav J. Olsen (below left) had a high game of 257 in his 1297 block (216.17) to leap from 78th to 40th place, just four pins above the cut line.

    2013EBT16OlavOlsen.jpg 2013EBT16StigRuneBarstad.jpg Stig Rune Barstad (right) of Norway took the 42nd and last place to directly qualify for finals with 1293 or an average of 215.50.

    Besides the top eight qualifiers, who will be seeded into Round 4, players ranked 9-16 will go to Round 3, players ranked 17-24 will go to Round 2 and players ranked 25-28 will wait for their opponents in Round 1.

    Players ranked 29-42 plus another 18 players from various qualifying classes (early birds, women, juniors, seniors and Turbo games 5 and 6; scroll down for more details) advanced to Semifinal Round 1 at 9 p.m. followed by Semifinal Round 2 at 10.30 p.m. (all times 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).

    Qualifying ran from Friday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 12. 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 advanced 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 24 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 will 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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    2013 Norwegian Open - Standings after Qualifying (18 Squads)

    A total of 60 players will advance to the finals including the top 42 qualifiers, two players from a separate leaderboard of Squad 1-7 (places 43-44), another four women (places 45-48), four juniors (places 49-52), four seniors (places 53-56) and two players each from the Turbo 1 (places 57-58) and Turbo 2 list (places 59-60). 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 Semifinal Round 1.