Jimmy Mortensen becomes the first player to crack the 1500-bar at Norwegian Open


    2015 European Bowling Tour #15

    Dane averages 252.33 in Squad 14 to lead the 153-player field with 1514; four Swedish bowlers surpass the 1400-mark; Swede Mikael Roos rolls the first 300 game; No. 42 score to beat to advance raises by 47 pins to 1310 (218.33 average)



    2015EBT15IdaAndersson.jpgLong-time Danish national team member Jimmy Mortensen (pictured above) became the first player who cracked the 1500-bar at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick as he averaged 252.33 in the first of three squads on Thursday (14th overall) at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    2014EBT17JamesGruffman.jpgMortensen, who is still trying to win his first title on the European Bowling Tour, fired games of 259, 256, 259, 214, 279 and 247 for 1514 total to overtake previous leader Ida Andersson (right) of Sweden by 38 pins.

    Andersson is the best of 28 women in the field in second place with 1476, including 48 pins women's handicap. Her brother Pontus Andersson slipped to third place with 1469 and was followed by the best Norwegian bowler, Tor-Øyvind Lunde, in fourth place with 1467.

    Four Swedish bowlers, all of Team Alingsås Bowling Club, surpassed the 1400-mark in Squad 14 and positioned themselves in the top 16. James Gruffman (left), who won the Norwegian Open in 2013 almost started his set with a 256 triplicate (256, 257, 256) followed by a high game of 265 before he closed out with 225 and 175 to move into seventh place with 1434 (239.00).

    2015EBT15JensSjobohm.jpg2015EBT15RogerOberg.jpgJens Sjöbohm (left) was close behind with 1428 (238.00), including high games of 279, 269, 258 and 248, to leap into 10th place. Roger Öberg (right) was further four pins back in 12th place with 1424 (237.33), including six games between 249 and 223.

    Emanuel Jonsson (below left) used high games of 269, 257 and 246 for 1412 (235.33), good for 16th place overall. The top 8 at the end of the qualifying will receive four byes (semi-final and Round 1-3) and players positioned 9-16 will get three byes.

    2015EBT15EmanuelJonsson.jpg2015EBT15MikaelRoos.jpgSwede Mikael Roos (right), also Team Alingsås BC, who was next with 1382 finished his block with twelve consecutive strikes to roll the first 300 game of this year's event. Roos, who finished in seventh place last year, moved into 22nd place.

    Defending champion, Tore Torgersen of Norway, currently sits in 32nd place with 1349 and is 39 pins above the cut line (42nd place). Sigbjørn Eide, Norway, is "on the bubble" with 1310 and an average of 218.33.

    Qualifying continues today with Squads 15 & 16 scheduled to start at 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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    Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick - Standings after Squad 14/23

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

    300 games (1) - Mikael Roos.