Tore Torgersen cruises to victory in Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick


    2014 European Bowling Tour #17

    Norwegian averages over 250 to capture his fourth career win on the European Bowling Tour; ends 13-year title drought in Oslo, Norway

    2014EBT17GoranCarlssonToreTorgersen.jpg Norwegian standout and long-time national team member Tore Torgersen (pictured left with tournament sponsor, Göran Carlsson) cruised to victory in the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick to capture his fourth career European Bowling Tour title and the 40.000 Norwegian Kronor top prize (approx. 4.850 Euro).

    Torgersen posted a record 844-series in Final Round 4, an average of 281.33 for three games, to take a 74-pin lead into the championships round and never looked back.

    2014EBT17MadsSandbakkenToreTorgersen.jpg Neither his teammate Mads Sandbækken (pictured right with Torgersen), nor defending champion James Gruffman, Sweden, and multiple PBA and EBT champion Mike Fagan were able to put any pressure on Torgersen.

    The former world and European champion rolled games of 226, 233 and 220 for 1523 total, an average of 253.83, to stay well ahead of the rest of the field. Winning the title ended a 13-year title drought on the European Bowling Tour for Torgersen. The right-hander's last title came on Oct. 21, 2001 in the Brunswick Open in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Torgersen's victory ended the winning streak (three consecutive wins) for the lefties on the European Bowling Tour.

     L-R Göran Carlsson, VBS Bowling AB, Mads Sandbækken (2nd), winner Tore Torgersen and James Gruffman (3rd). Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Sandbækken a lefty, was next to Torgersen with 1461 (243.50) to give the organizer, the Norwegian Bowling Federation, a 1-2 finish. Defending champion James Gruffman, also a lefty, had the highest average in the championship round of 232.33 including games of 278, 1814 and 235 to claim third place with 1420.

    Sandbækken pocketed 20.000 Kronor and Gruffman took home 15.000. Joakim West was fourth with 1400, worth 10.000 Euro.

     Pictured right are the eight finalists, from the right in the order how they finished. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Kamilla Kjeldsen of Denmark was the only woman in the championship round, finishing in fifth place (1389, 8.000 NOK), en route to win the women's ranking in Oslo. The current EBT point ranking leader widened her lead to 147 points.

    Rounding out the top 8 were Mike Fagan, United States (6th, 1383, 7.000 NOK); Mikael Roos, Sweden (7th, 1327, 6.000 NOK); and Martin Moen Stikbakke, Norway (8th, 1296, 5.000 NOK).

     The top three women after the qualifying received guaranteed extra prizes which drew a field of 45 ladies, more than in any of the last twelve European Bowling Tour events and the fourth highest number of the 2014 EBT season.

    Patcharin Torgersen of Norway led all women with 1431 pins including handicap in 12th place to pocket 5.000 Norwegian Kronor or approx. 610 Euro.

    18th place Katarina Dahlin of Sweden and 19th place Kamilla Kjeldsen were second and third with 1414 and 1412 to earn 3.000 and 2.000 Kronor, respectively.

    L-R Per Iversen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Bowling Federation, Katarina Dahlin, Patcharin Torgersen and Kamilla Kjeldsen. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    2014NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg The Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick was the 17th stop of the 2014 European Bowling Tour and the seventh out of eight EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament was held from Oct. 3-12 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo. The total prize fund was 239.000 Kronor or 29.000 Euro.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital covered the Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick live from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo with stories and results after each round.

    Qualifying of the Norwegian Open began Friday, Oct. 3 and ran through Saturday, Oct. 11. Women received 8 pins handicap each game, an equality handicap provided to women in every event on the European Bowling Tour. Total 60 players advanced to the finals on Saturday (Semifinal Round 1 and 2) and Sunday, Oct. 11 & 12.

    The top 8 qualifiers earned four byes and were seeded in Round 4, places 9-16 went to Round 3, places 17-24 started in Round 2 and places 25-28 began in Round 1. The other 32 finalists advanced to Semifinal Round 1.

    The top 24 players after three game scratch advanced to the Semifinal Round 2 to bowl further three games with the pinfall carried over. The top 12 met the top 28 qualifiers in Final Round 1 on Sunday morning.

    The finals consisted of five three-game rounds with rounds 1-4 starting from scratch. The field was trimmed from 40 to 32, 24, 16, and then eight who bowled a final three-game block with the pinfall from Round 4 carried forward.

    The player with the highest six-game total earned the title, 40.000 Norwegian Kronor (roughly 4.850 Euro) and 50 ranking points.

    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.

    The 18th event, the 3rd Ebonite Florence International, an EBT Satellite event, is already underway at Crazy Bowling in Florence, Italy, and runs through Oct 19. The season concludes with the EBT "Platinum" Qatar Bowling Open from Nov. 21-27 at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.


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    Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick - Final Round 5 (Final Standings)

    Players with position, country, 6-game total and earnings.


    Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick - Final Round 4

    Top 8 advance to the Championship Round (Final Round 5), pins carry over; places 9-16 earn 4.000 NOK.