Mike Fagan uses perfection to move into the top spot in Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick


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    EBT & PBA champion rolls fifth 300 game to lead the 193-player field with 1481; Danish two-hander Markus Bergendorff is close behind to move into third place; Rasmus Bering (DEN) rolls the fourth perfecto; score to make the cut in 42nd place is up to 1325 (220.83)

    2014EBT17MikeFagan.jpg2014EBT17MikeFagan300.jpgMike Fagan (pictured), United States, closed out Squad 18 with the fifth 300 game of the tournament for 1481, an average of 246.83, to overtake the lead in the qualifying of the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick Saturday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    The five-time European Bowling Tour titlist who also owns four Professional Bowlers Association titles including one "major" (USBC Masters) came out of the gates with 279 and 258 games, and added games of 208, 191 and 245 for a five-game total of 1181.

    2014EBT17MartinMoenStikbakke2.jpg2014EBT17MarkusBergendorffViking2.jpgThe right-hander, who will celebrate his 34th birthday next month, needed a solid last game to shift from 70th place (1257) into the top 42 to secure a spot in the finals or … he needed a perfect game to overtake Martin Moen Stikbakke (right, 1472) of Norway to take the tournament lead. And that was exactly what he did.

    Stikbakke, an 18-year-old Norwegian youth national team member, slipped to second place and was immediately followed by Danish two-hander Markus Bergendorff (left) with 1464.

    Bergendorff, who plays it from the right-hand side, had games of 206, 248, 267, 279 and 257 (1257; 251.40 average) to lead Fagan by 76 pins heading into the last game. Bergendorff closed out with 207 to jump from 47th to third place.

    2014EBT17MadsSandbakken.jpg2014EBT17PatcharinTorgersen.jpgPlaces 4 to eight belong to four Norwegian and Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark (6th, 1449), who is sandwiched between Erland Lund (4th, 1463), Tore Rokkones (5th, 1452) and Tor Inge Jansen (7th, 1448), Mads Sandbækken (left), who slipped to eighth place with 1441 and an average of 240.17.

    The top 8 players at the end of the qualifying will receive four byes for the finals. 12th place Patcharin Torgersen (right) of Norway is the best of 31 women in the 193-player field from eight countries with 1431 including handicap, an average of 230.50 scratch.

    2014EBT17IdaAndersson.jpg2014EBT17RobertLindberg.jpgSwedish youth national team member Ida Andersson (left) was third in Squad 18 with 1344 scratch (224 average) and 1392 total to improve her 1377 series of the previous squad by 15 pins but to remain in 24th place in the overall standings.

    Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark and Robert Lindberg (right) of Sweden sneaked into the top 42 with 1327 and 1326. However, the duo is just one and two pins above the cut line in 40th and 41sdt place as Vidar Barkald, Norway, is the man "on the bubble" in 42nd place with 1325 (220.83 average).

    2014EBT17MarkusJonsson.jpg2014EBT17RasmusBering.jpgAnother three players cracked the 1300-bar in Squad 18 but failed to move into the top 42. Henrik Hansen of Norway had 1319 including a 197 last game. World Youth Champion Markus Jonsson (left), Sweden finished with 202 and 1308.

    Rasmus Bering (right) of Denmark, who rolled the tournament's fourth 300 in game three closed out his 1298 series with 178.

    Qualifying continues on Friday, Oct. 10, with Squad 19 starting at 7 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.

     Please find all 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 18/22

    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 - (5) Erland Lund, Rune Andersen, Mads Sandbækken, Rasmus Bering, Mike Fagan.