James Gruffman averages over 240 to lead Semifinal Round 1 at Norwegian Open


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    Swede shoots 289 game to lead a group of 24 players into Semifinal Round 2

    2013EBT16JamesGruffman.jpg2013EBT16AnnieThorell.jpgJames Gruffman (pictured left) of Sweden averaged 241.33 in Semifinal Round 1 as the finals of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick got underway Saturday night at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    Gruffman sandwiched a 289 game, the highest game of the round, between 202 and 233 to the 32 players ranked 29th to 60th in qualifying with 724.

    Annie Thorell (right), Sweden, was mere three pins behind in second place with 721 including 8 pins handicap each game. Thorell had games of 234, 220 and 243.

    2013EBT16StigRuneBarstad.jpg2013EBT16LineBergAlmestrand3.jpgStig Rune Barstad (left) was the best Norwegian bowler in this round in third place with 676 including three games between 215 and 234.

    Fourth place belonged to Line Berg Almestrand (right), who had three games between 205 and 223 for 650 scratch and 674 with handicap.

    Rounding out the top 5 was Ingar Gabrielsen (below left), Norway, who used a 254 game for 670.

    2013EBT16IngarGabrielsen.jpg2013EBT16MonicaLislien.jpgMonica Lislien (right), Norway, took the 24th and last place to advance with 581 including handicap. The top 24 players will bowl another three-game block with the pinfall from Semifinal Round 1 being carried forward.

    The top 12 after six games will advance to Final Round 1 on Sunday morning.

    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.

    2013NorwegianOpenLogo.jpgAs 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 - Semifinal Round 1

    The top 24 players advance to Semifinal Round 2 with the pinfall being carried forward.