Ireland's Chris Sloan brings the number of 1400-series at the Norwegian Open to 20


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    Jimmy Mortensen (DEN) holds on to the lead with the lone 1500-series; Sloan and Tore Rokkones (NOR) move into top 42 in Thursday evening's Squad 16; 42nd place Øyvind Haugen improves his position; currently a three-way tie for 42nd place on 1335 (222.50)



    2015EBT15JimmyMortensen.jpgIrish two-handed player, Christopher Sloan (pictured above) led Squad 16 on Thursday evening with 1425 to bring the number of 1400-series at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick to 20 and to jump from 76th to 11th place in the overall qualifying standings.

    2015EBT15IdaAndersson.jpgSloan, who attacks the lanes from the right-hand side, had games of 202, 268, 233, 236, 248 and 238 at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, an average of 237.50 for six games.

    Jimmy Mortensen (right) of Denmark, leads a field of 172 players from Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden and Norway into the last two qualifying days, with 1514 (252.33), the lone 1500-series of the tournament so far.

    Siblings Ida (left) and Pontus Andersson of Sweden remained in second and third place with 1476 and 1469, respectively, followed by the best bowler from the host country, Tor-Øyvind Lunde, in fourth place with 1467.

    2015EBT15MartinLarsen.jpg 2015EBT15MikaelRoos.jpgEighth place Jens Mathiesen of Norway currently holds the last spot to earn four byes (semi-finals and Rounds 1-3) with 1432 (238.67), while eight-time European Bowling Tour champion Martin Larsen (left) of Sweden holds 16th and last spot to earn three byes with 1418 (236.33).

    Mikael Roos (right) of Sweden, who had the lone 300 game of the tournament in his 1382 series (230.33) mans 24th and last place to earn two byes. 28th place Fredrik Finstad Anshus, Norway, would be the last player to miss the semi-final round on Saturday evening with 1368 (228.00).

    2014EBT17ToreRokkones.jpg2015EBT15OyvindHaugen.jpgTore Rokkones and Øyvind Haugen of Norway tied at 1367 (227.83). Rokkones (left) had the lowest game (193) and therefore the higher five-game series (six-game total minus the lowest game) which breaks the tie. He moved into 30th place, while Haugen (right), who was "on the bubble" after Squad 15, leaped into 21st place.

    Three bowlers are currently tied for 42nd and last place to survive the qualifying cut on 1335 or an average of 222.50: Jan Cato Sparby of Norway and Swedes Peter Nordenson and Benjamin Jonsson. According to the EBT tie rule Sparby (42nd, low game of 193) is "in" while Nordenson (43rd; 195) and Jonsson (44th; 196) are "out".

    Qualifying commences on Friday, Oct. 9, with Squads 17-20 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 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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    Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick - Standings after Squad 16/23

    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.