Mads Sandbækken averages over 260 to power his way into the lead in Oslo


    2015 European Bowling Tour #15

    Two-time Norwegian Open winner shoots 1561 including the tournament's second perfecto; Sweden's Jenny Wegner moves into fourth place with 1470; No. 42 score to beat to advance is now 1352 (225.33 average)



    2015EBT15JimmyMortensen2.jpgTwo-time Norwegian Open champion Mads Sandbækken (pictured above) of Norway averaged 260.17 in the 18th qualifying squad at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick to power his way into the lead of the European Bowling Tour "satellite" event.

    Previous tournament leader Jimmy Mortensen (pictured right) of Denmark slipped to second place with 1514 (252.33).

    The former European champion has won the biggest tournament in his country in 2009 and 2010, yet he is still looking to win his first career EBT title as the Norwegian Open was on the European Bowling Tour schedule in 2006-2007 and 2011 until today.

    2015EBT15ChristerAker.jpg 2015EBT15BenjaminEmanuelJonsson.jpgThe lefty, who also finished second in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2014, started his set with solid 221 and 215 before he caught fire and closed with a strike fest: 279, 300, 278 and 268. He totaled 1125 for the last four games, an average of 281.25.

    It was the second 300 game this week. Mikael Roos of Sweden had the first. In the same game in which Sandbækken achieved perfection, Christer Aker (left), Norway, had 299; Benjamin Jonsson (pictured right with his brother Emanuel, right), Sweden, 298; and Andreas Skoglund, Norway, 289.

    2015EBT15IdaAndersson.jpg2015EBT15JennyWegner.jpgEBT women's point ranking co-leaders, Ida Andersson (left) and Jenny Wegner (right) sit in third and fourth place with 1476 and 1422, respectively, including eight 48 pins handicap.

    Wegner averaged 238 in Squad 18, including high games of 267, 2258 and 254. Andersson and Wegener are part of the Swedish women's national team which is here in Oslo to practice for the Women's World Championships in December.

    Jonas Dammen of Norway had six games between 204 and 246 to tie four bowlers for 32nd place on 1367 (227.83), including his compatriot Tore Rokkones , who had another 1366 in this squad.

    2015EBT15ToreRokkones.jpg2015EBT15MonicaLislien.jpg Rokkones (left) sits in 33rd place, while Dammen ranks 36th due to the new EBT tie rule.

    In case of a tie in the qualifying, "the highest positioned player will be the player scoring the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the lowest game. If a tie still exists, the highest positioned player will be the player with the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the two lowest games, etc."

    Monica Lislien (right) was the second women in Squad 18 who stayed above the cut line as the Norwegian toppled 1317 pin, including high games of 259 and 245, an average of 219.50, and 1365 total including handicap.

    2015EBT15ArvidEspen.jpgArvid Espen (right), Norway, was just 10 pins behind to squeeze into the top 42, who will survive the qualifying cut. Espen, who had a pair of 260s, sits in 41st place with 1355, just three pins above the cut line.

    His compatriot Thor Morten Bjørge holds the last place to advance to the semi-finals on Saturday evening with 1352 and an average of 225.33.

    Qualifying continues Friday with Squads 19 & 20 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 18/23

    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 (2) - Mikael Roos, Mads Sandbækken.