Tor-Øyvind Lunde takes early lead in Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick

    10/03/15

    2015 European Bowling Tour #15

    Onsite coverage from Oslo commences Thursday, Oct. 8

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    Nineteen bowlers from Norway and two from Sweden kicked off the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick, a European Bowling Tour "Satellite" tournament, Friday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    Tor-Øyvind Lunde of Norway earned the bragging rights as the early tournament leader with a big 1467 series and an average of 244.50. Lunde rolled games of 201, 259, 224, 258, 278 and 247 to beat out compatriot Martin Moen Stikbakke for the top spot by 25 pins.

    Stikbakke started his 1442 set (240.33) with four consecutive 230s and closed with a low game of 229 and high game of 269.

    Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg was the third and last player, who surpassed the 1400-mark. He toppled 1405 pins (234.17) including a 288 in game five, the highest game of the day.

    Qualifying commences on Saturday, October 3, with Squads 2-4 scheduled to start at 11 a.m., 2.30 and 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    The Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick is the 15th and penultimate stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour, the last of nine EBT "Satellite" events and the last EBT event on European soil this season. The tournament will be held from Oct. 2-11 at Veitvet Bowling Center in in Norway's capital city of Oslo.

    The tournament offers total prize fund of 239.000 Norwegian Kronor (approx. 25.220 Euro) with 40.000 NOK (approx. 4.221 Euro) going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 1.000 Kronor or 106 Euro for 60th place.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick from Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo featuring stories, photos and results after each round commencing Thursday, October 8, all the way through to the finals. The finals will be on Sunday, October 11, completed in the late afternoon.

    Qualifying of the Norwegian Open began Friday, Oct. 2 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 10 with the final Squad 23 scheduled for 5 p.m. local time (CEST). Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    Total 60 players will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 & 11:
    • 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, 1997)
    • the next four seniors (must be 50 years of age on Oct. 2nd)
    • 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 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 which begins at 9 p.m. CEST. In a change to last year, there will be only one semifinal round. All players bowl six games scratch with the top 12 advancing to 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 to 32, 24, 16, and then eight who bowl a final three-game block with the pinfall from Round 4 being carried forward.

    The player with the highest six-game total will earn the title, the 40.000 NOK top prize and 50 EBT ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 12 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and seven "Satellite" events. All 16 tournaments together offer total prize fund of 850.000 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 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the 12th San Marino Open.

     


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    60 players, including the top 42 players from the overall qualifying standings, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10 & 11