Defending champion James Gruffman moves into fifth place in Norwegian Open

    10/06/14

    2014 European Bowling Tour #17

    Swede leads Squad 5 with 1415; Katarina Dahlin (SWE) is the best woman in sixth place with 1414; Norwegian Erland Lund holds on to the lead with 1463; score to make the cut in 42nd place surpasses 1200-mark (1215, 202.50)

    2013EBT16NorwegianOpenJamesGruffman.jpgDefending champion James Gruffman (pictured left) of Sweden averaged 235.83 in Sunday's Squad 5 to move into fifth place in the overall qualifying standings in the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick which started Friday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

    Gruffman rolled games of 224, 177, 256, 278, 244 and 236 for 1415 to beat out fellow countrywoman Katarina Dahlin for the top spot by just one pin. Dahlin had 1366 scratch including high games of 268, 247 and 235 and added 48 pins handicap to take sixth place with 1414.

    The duo, which was actually in third and fourth place after Squad 5, was pushed back by their compatriots and Squad 6 leaders Andreas Jonsson and Joakim West, who toppled 1438 and 1424 pins, respectively, to overtake third and fourth place.

    2014EBT17ErlandLund.jpgErland Lund (right) of Norway, who set the pace with 1463 (243.83 average) including a 300 game in Squad 2, continued to lead the 89-player field from Iceland, Sweden and Norway. Tor Inge Jansen, Norway, was second with 1448.

    Two players from a separate leaderboard of Squad 1-7 (actually 1-6 as Squad 7 was cancelled), who will not finish in the top 42, will earn automatic berths into the finals.

    2012EBT17OyvindHarang.jpgØyvind Harang (left), Norway, missed the 1400-mark by just eleven pins in Squad 5 to sit in seventh place with 1389. Squad 1 leader Frode Jørgen Aaneby, Norway, fell from third to eighth place with 1382 or an average of 230.33.

    The top 8 players at the end of the qualifying will earn four byes in the finals and cannot fall lower than 16th in the standings.

    With seven of 22 qualifying squads in the books, Vidar Øvergård of Norway holds the 42nd and last spot to advance with 1215 or an average of 202.50.

    Qualifying continues on Monday, Oct. 6, with Squads 8 & 9 scheduled to start at 5 and 8.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    2014NorwegianOpenLogo.jpgThe Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick is the 17th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the seventh out of nine EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament will be held from Oct. 3-12 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

    The total prize fund is 239.000 Kronor or 29.000 Euro with 40.000 NOK or approx. 4.850 Euro going to the winner. The prize money for the top three women in qualifying is guaranteed (5.000, 3.000 and 2.000 Kronor). Low to cash is 60th place worth 1.000 NOK or 120 Euro.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick live from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo with stories and results after each round commencing Thursday, October 9, all the way through to the finals. The finals will be on Sunday, October 12, completed in the late afternoon.

     Please find all tournament information on a one-page flyer. Click the image to enlarge it or open a PDF file by clicking here.

    Qualifying of the Norwegian Open began Friday, Oct. 3 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 11 with the final Squad 22 scheduled for 5 p.m. local time (CEST). Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in every event on the European Bowling Tour.

    Total 60 players will advance to the finals on Saturday (Semifinal Round 1 and 2) and Sunday, Oct. 11 & 12:
    • 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, 1996)
    • 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 earn four byes and will be seeded in 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 (rounds 1-4 starting from scratch). 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 40.000 NOK top prize.

    2014EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 European Bowling Tour features 19 tournaments in 13 countries. In its 15th season, the EBT consists of two Platinum, six Gold, three Silver and eight Satellite tournaments. The total prize fund is almost one million Euro.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the eighth EBT Masters July 6, 2015 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, immediately following the III Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

     


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    Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick - Qualifying Standings after Squad 7/22


    Total 60 players including the top 42 qualifiers and 18 players from five different categories (Squads 1-7, women, juniors, seniors and Turbo games) will advance to the finals