James Gruffman is back at the top of the leaderboard in Final Round 3


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    Annie Thorell of Sweden wins the women's ranking of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick

    2013EBT16JamesGruffman.jpg2013EBT16ArvidEspen.jpgJames Gruffman (pictured left), who led both semifinal rounds yesterday and tied for the lead in Final Round 1 this morning, was back atop the leaderboard in the third round of the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick as the Swede rolled another 700-series at Veitvet bowling center in Oslo.

    Gruffman had games of 235, 234 and 243 for 712, an average of 237.33 to lead the top eight players into a fourth round clash with the top eight qualifiers.

    2013EBT16GlennMortenPedersen2.jpg2013EBT16LarsChristianNygard2.jpgArvid Espen (above right) of Norway, who led the first round this morning, was 28 pins behind Gruffman in second place with 684. Mikael Roos of Sweden was mere three pins back in third place with 681.

    Norwegians Glenn Morten Pedersen (left) and Lars-Christian Nygård (right) were in fourth and fifth place with 655 and 650, respectively.

    Two-hander Osku Palermaa of Finland remained in the hunt for his 14th career European Bowling Tour finishing with a 235 game for 648.

    2013EBT16AnnieThorell.jpg2013EBT16PalSelvnes.jpgRound 2 leader Annie Thorell (left) of Sweden took seventh place with 640 including handicap to bowl her way from the semifinals into the Round of 16. As Thorell was the lone woman, who survived this round, she has already won the women's ranking in Oslo and will be awarded 50 ranking points.

    Rounding out the top 8 was the second Norwegian Under-21 bowler besides Espen, Pål Selvnes (right), who took the eighth and last place to advance with 623 and an average of 207.67.

    The top eight meet the top eight qualifiers in Final Round Four.

    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 3

    The top 8 players advance to fourth round.