Martin Moen Stikbakke averages over 245 to rise to the top in Norwegian Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #17

    Norwegian and Swedish youth bowlers put a stamp on Squad 15; Stikbakke (NOR) shoots 1472 to lead the 151-player field; brothers Benjamin and Emanuel Jonsson (SWE) move into 8th and 24th place; score to make the cut in 42nd place is 1293 (215.50 average)

    2014EBT17MartinMoenStikbakke.jpg2014EBT17ErlandLund.jpgNorwegian and Swedish youth bowlers set the tone in the 15th qualifying squad of the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick Thursday evening at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo.

    18-year-old Norwegian youth national team member Martin Moen Stikbakke (pictured left) averaged 245.33 to take the pole position in the qualifying with 1472 total. Stikbakke got off to a great start with 279, 223 and 279 for 781 after three games and added 257, 230 and 204 to overtake previous leader Erland Lund (right) by nine pins.

    2014EBT17MadsSandbakken.jpg2014EBT16GlennMortenPedersen.jpgLund, who led the now 151-player field since Squad 2, slipped to second place with 1463. Tor Inge Jansen fell to third place with 1448 and was followed by Mads Sandbækken (left) in fourth place with 1441 and Glenn Morten Pedersen (right) in fifth place with 1439.

    Andreas Jonsson of Sweden is the best foreign player in sixth place with 1438 followed by Patcharin Torgersen (below left), who is the best 21 women in the field and the only woman in the top 8 in seventh place with 1431.

    2014EBT17PatcharinTorgersen.jpg18-year-old Benjamin Jonsson of Sweden was the second youth bowler in Squad 15 who cracked the 1400-bar and the 14th overall in the qualifying so far.

    2014EBT17EmanuelandBenjaminJonsson2.jpgBenjamin (pictured right with brother Emanuel, left) posted games of 257, 228, 200, 275, 248 and 222 to finish 42 pins behind Stikbakke and to jump into eight place overall with 1430 and an average of 238.33. The top 8 qualifiers will receive four byes for the finals.

    His younger brother, 15-year old Emanuel Jonsson, came out of the gates with 218, 258, 244 and 258 (978) but was unable to match the vigorous pace he maintained during the first four games and dropped to 24th place with 1335 (222.50 average) behind games of 154 and 203.

    Another two players in this squad, Daniel Vezis of Latvia (1360) and Fredrik Finstad Anshus of Norway (1301), surpassed the 1300-mark to position themselves in 21st and 38th place, respectively.

    Heading into the 16th and last squad today, Henrik Aspdahl Oseth of Norway holds the 42nd and final qualifying post with 1293 (214.83), which was exactly the qualifying cut in last year's Norwegian Open.

    Qualifying continues on Thursday, Oct. 9, with Squad 16 at 9 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 15/22

    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 - (3) Erland Lund, Rune Andersen, Mads Sandbækken.