No changes atop the leaderboard in Squad 19 at Norwegian Open


    2014 European Bowling Tour #17

    USA's Mike Fagan leads the 214-player field into the final qualifying day; Squad 19 leader Olav J. Olsen rolls 1382-series to claim 27th place in the overall qualifying standings; another six players shift above the cut line; with 19 of 22 squads completed the score to make the cut in 42nd place is 1334 (222.33 average)

    2013EBT16OlavOlsen.jpg2014EBT17MikeFagan.jpgThere were no changes to the leaderboard Friday evening as Squad 19 leader Olav J. Olsen (pictured left) toppled 1382 pins to claim 27th place in the overall qualifying standings of the European Bowling Tour's Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick.

    Olsen started his series with games of 21, 208, 238 and 213 before he closed out with two big scores, 247 and 264, to lead the 32 players at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    Mike Fagan (above right), United States, leads the 214-player field from eight countries into the last qualifying day with 1481 or an average of 246.83 for six games.

    2014EBT17MartinMoenStikbakke2.jpg2014EBT17MarkusBergendorff.jpgFagan' series included one of five 300 games this week. Erland Lund, Rune Andersen, Mads Sandbækken, all from Norway, and Dane Rasmus Bering had the others.

    Norwegian youth national team player, Martin Moen Stikbakke (left), trails Fagan by 9 pins in the second position with 1472. Danish two-hander Markus Bergendorff (right) is in third further eight pins back with 1464.

    The fourth position belongs to Erland Lund, Norway, on 1463 with fellow countryman Tore Rokkones (below left) in fifth place with 1452 and Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark in sixth place with 1449. Hansen had the third-highest 1364 series in Squad 19.

    2014EBT17ToreRokkones.jpg2014EBT17PatcharinTorgersen2.jpgTor Inge Jansen, Norway, holds seventh place with 1448. Completing the top eight is Mads Sandbækken, Norway, who toppled 1441 pins, an average of 240.17. The top 8 players after Saturday's Squad 22 will receive four byes for the finals and cannot fall lower than 16th in the final standings, worth 4.000 Norwegian Kronor or roughly 490 Euro.

    12th place Patcharin Torgersen (right) of Norway is the best of xxx women in the field with 1431 including handicap, an average of 230.50 scratch. The former Norwegian national team member is one of eight women above the cut line.

    2014EBT17FredrikTjernes.jpg2014EBT04PernilleRasmussen.jpgAnother six players besides Olsen managed to move into the top 42. Ruben Hansen Sælen used three consecutive 240 games to finish with 1365 and to overtake 33rd place.

    Fredrik Tjernes (left), Norway, and Pernille W. Rasmussen (right) were just five pins behind with 1360. Tjernes leaped to 35th and Rasmussen to 36th place due to Tjernes' higher last game, 186 to 164, but there is a bigger gap between 36th and 37th place.

    Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark posted 1348 to improve her previous high series of 1341 by seven pins only to fall from 34th to 37th place. Svein Åke Ek (below left), Norway, was further 10 pins behind Jensen with 1338, good for 39th place.

    2014EBT17SveinAkeEk.jpg2013EBT16AnnieThorell2.jpgAnnie Thorell (right) of Sweden toppled 1286 pins and added 48 pins handicap to overtake the 42nd and final qualifying post with 1334 or an average of 222.33 including handicap.

    Qualifying concludes on Saturday, Oct. 11 with Squads 20-22 starting at 9 a.m., 1 and 5 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    The top 42 players plus 18 wild cards will advance. Players seeded 29th to 60th after qualifying will bowl in the Semfinals 1 & 2 on Saturday evening at 9 and 10.30 p.m. The finals will be on Sunday starting at 9 a.m.

    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 19/22

    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.