No changes atop the leaderboard in Wednesday's Squad 12 at Norwegian Open


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    Swedish siblings Ida and Pontus Andersson continue to lead the 137-player field as qualifying surpasses the halfway point; No. 42 score to beat to advance to the semifinals is now 1263 (210.50 average)



    Although there were no changes at the top of the leaderboard after the conclusion of Squad 12 Wednesday afternoon (Squad 13 has been canceled), two competitors found their way into the top 42 as qualifying at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick has surpassed the halfway point.

    Lars-Christian Nygård averaged 220 to lead a group of eleven Norwegian bowlers with 1320, including games of 230, 248, 203, 202, 213 and 224. Nygård failed to improve his high series of 1378 (229.67) and remained in 17th place.

    2015EBT15IdaAndersson.jpg2015EBT15PontusAndersson.jpgSwedish siblings Ida and Pontus Andersson held onto the lead with 1476 and 1469, respectively. Ida, who is the best of 26 women in the field, received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all European Bowling Tour events.

    The best Norwegian bowler, Tor-Øyvind Lunde, was mere two pins behind Pontus to sit in third place with 1467. The top eight players at the end of the qualifying will earn four byes (semifinals and the first three rounds of the finals).

    Bård Jensen, currently mans 8th place with 1424. Olav J. Olsen is the cut to earn three byes in 1th place with 1382. Nygård leads the group of eight players who will earn two byes. Tor Inge Jansen holds the 24th and last spot with 1356.

    Christopher Lüttke of Sweden holds 28th place with 1340, the last spot to bypass the semi-final round.

    Kenneth Hermansen and Tom Nilsen (pictured above) were close behind Nygård with 1317 and 1313, respectively, to move into the top 42 who will survive the qualifying cut. Hermansen used high games of 258, 247, 235 and 232 to leap into 31st place overall.

    Nilsen is currently the best veteran bowler (age 50 and over) in the 137-player field from Iceland, Sweden and Norway in 32nd place. The top four veterans, who do not finish in the top 42, will earn automatic spots in Saturday evening's semi-final round.

    With 10 squads to go, Gjermund Mathiesen and Ronny E. Lygre of Norway are tied for 41st place on 1263 or an average of 210.50. Mathiesen was seeded 41st while Lygre is "on the bubble" in 42nd place as Mathiesen has the higher five-game series (six-game total minus the lowest game) which breaks the tie.

    Qualifying commences on Thursday, October 8, with Squads 14-16 scheduled to start at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    2015NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg 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 or more than 25.000 Euro with 40.000 NOK going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 1.000 Kronor 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).

    More information can be found in the Tournament Preview.

    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