Erland Lund leads Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick as qualifying reaches the halfway mark


    2014 European Bowling Tour #17

    Norwegian paces the 120-player field after 11/22 squads with 1463 (243.83 ave.); Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg, Vidar Barkald lead Squads 10 & 11 to move into the top 20; Rune Andersen rolls the second perfecto of the tournament; score to make the cut in 42nd place is 1246 (207.67)


    Erland Lund (pictured left) of Norway, who rolled a 1463 series (243.83 average) including a 300 game in Squad 2, leads a 120-player field from Iceland, Sweden and Norway, 102 men and 18 women, as the qualifying of the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick has reached the halfway mark. Patcharin Torgersen (right) is the best  woman in fifth place with 1431.

    Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg of Norway was the ninth player at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, who surpassed the 1400-mark, when he toppled 1403 pins in Squad 9 to move into ninth place in the overall qualifying standings.

    2014EBT17RuneAndersson300.jpgSolberg had games of 253, 211, 239, 222, 210 and 268, an average of 233.83. Rune Andersen (left) was second with distant 1336. The Norwegian re-entered in the next squad and started with the second 300 game of the tournament but also had three games under 200 to finish with 1320.

    Vidar Barkald finished with a big 250 game to lead Squad 11 with 1325 and to move into 18th place. With 11 of 22 qualifying squads in the books, Alexander Beck of Norway holds the 42nd and last spot to advance with 1246 or an average of 207.67.

    Qualifying continues on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with Squads 12 & 13 scheduled to start at 5 and 8.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    2014NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg The 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.

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    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 11/22

    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

    300 games - (2) Erland Lund, Rune Andersen.