Anneli Blomqvist becomes the second female squad winner at Norwegian Open


    2015 European Bowling Tour #15

    Swede averages 229 to leap into 16th place with 1422 total; Norway's Mads Sandbækken rules the 194-player field with 1561 (260.17 average); No. 42 score to beat to advance is up to 1355 (225.83 average)



    Anneli Blomqvist (pictured above) became the second female squad winner at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick and the 24th player who surpassed the 1400-mark when the Swede totaled 1422 in the 19th of 23 qualifying squads Friday evening at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    Blomqvist started her six-game round with a huge 279 game, followed by 208 and another big game of 258. She closed with 219, 233 and 177 for 1374 scratch and 1422 total, including eight pins handicap each game, a standard for women in the European Bowling Tour.

    2015EBT15MadsSandbakken2.jpg2015EBT15JimmyMortensen.jpgBlomqvist, whose previous high series was 1242, rocketed from 87th to 16th place, which would guarantee her a spot in Final Round three.

    The top 8 at the end of the qualifying will receive four byes (semi-final and Round 1-3), places 9-16 get three, places 17-24 get two and places 25-28 will miss the semi-final round on Saturday evening.

    Two-time Norwegian Open champion Mads Sandbækken (left) of Norway leads the 194-player field with an outstanding 1561 series or an average of 260.17. Jimmy Mortensen (right) of Denmark is the only other player who surpassed the 1500-mark in second place with 1514 (252.33).

    EBT women's point ranking co-leaders, Ida Andersson, who was the first woman to win a squad (#8), and Jenny Wegner of Sweden are the best of 40 women in third and fourth place with 1476 and 1470, respectively.

    2015EBT15OyvinKulseng.jpg2015EBT15ArvidEspen.jpgThe only player in Squad 19 besides Blomqvist who scored a higher number than the cut for 42nd place was Norwegian Øyvin Kulseng (left), who chalked up 1362, including high games of 278 and 258. He slipped one spot out of the top 28 to 29th place with his high series of 1376.

    Jan Cato Sparby, who was close to the cut line for most of the week, was third in Squad 19 with 1348, just seven pins off the pace for the top 42.

    Arvid Espen (right), Norway, holds the 42nd and last place to advance to the semi-final round with 1355 and an average of 225.83.

    Qualifying continues Friday with Squad 20 which got underway at 8.45 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 19/23

    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.