Arvid Espen, James Gruffman pace Final Round 1 at Norwegian Open 2013


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    2013EBT16ArvidEspen.jpg2013EBT16JamesGruffman.jpgArvid Espen of Norway and James Gruffman of Sweden tied at 708 to lead Final Round 1 in the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick ion Sunday morning at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    Espen (pictured left), who had the higher last game, leads the top eight players into the second round. The Under-21 national team member rolled games of 233, 227 and 248, while Gruffman (right), who led both semifinals rounds yesterday night, chalked up 266, 222 and 220.

    2013EBT16PetterHansen2.jpg2013EBT16JeanettHaavelmoenJohansen.jpgThe finals in Oslo feature of five three-game rounds. The first four rounds start at scratch and players must beat half of the field (16 players) to advance. Once the field is down to the last eight players, fourth-round pinfall will carry over into the fifth round.

    Veitvet bowling center Co-owner and long-time Norwegian national team member, Petter Hansen, (left) was the most consistent player in Round one to finish in third place with 678 behind games of 227, 225 and 226.

    Places four to six belonged to women bowlers, who are well represented in the finals, with Norwegians Monica Lislien (673) and Jeanett Haavelmoen Johansen (above right, 646) in fourth and fifth place, respectively, and Sweden's Annie Thorell (621) in sixth position.

    2013EBT16MarawanAernoudt.jpgBelgium's Marawan Aernoudt (right) was seventh with 609. Senior World Champion Christel Carlsson closed her set with 229 to help grab the eight and last place to advance with 606 or an average of 202 including eight pins handicap.

    Those eight meet qualifiers 17-24 in Final Round Two.

    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 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 advanced to Saturday's Semifinal Round 1 which began at 10 p.m. CEST.

    The top 24 players after three game scratch advanced to the Semifinal Round 2 to bowl another three games with the pinfall carried over. The top 12 qualified for Final Round 1 on Sunday morning.

    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 - Final Round 1

    The top 8 players advance to second round.