Tor Inge Jansen dominates Squad 21 as Norwegian Open surpasses 200-player mark


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    Norwegian rolls 1424 series to leap into 15th place; Mads Sandbækken is unchallenged at the top of the leaderboard with 1561 and an average of 260.17; No. 42 score to beat to advance remains at 1359 (226.50 average)



    The battle for the 42 spots to compete in the semi-final and final rounds at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick is becoming intense as the three squads on Saturday conclude the qualifying at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    2015EBT15BardJensen.jpg2015EBT15RogerOberg.jpgStarting the final qualifying day just one spot below the cut line, Tor Inge Jansen (pictured above) of Norway dominated Squad 21 and improved his previous high series of 1356 by 68 pins to leap from 43rd to 15th place in the overall standing.

    Jansen, who rolled games of 259, 227, 239, 209, 267 and 223, tied his fellow countryman Bård Jensen (left) and Roger Öberg (right) of Sweden on 1424, an average of 237.33. Jansen became the 25th player who surpassed the 1400-mark

    According to the European Bowling Tour Tie Rules, "the highest positioned player will be the player scoring the highest total of all counting qualification games minus the score of the lowest game". Jensen (183 low game) was ranked 14th, Jansen (209) 15th and Öberg (223) rounds out the top 16.

    2015EBT15MathiasReinertsen.jpg2015EBT15MadsSandbakken2.jpgMathias Reinertsen (left) of Norway, who led the 20th squad last night with 1379 was second to Janson this morning finishing his set with a huge 277 for 1353. He dropped out of the top 28 (one bye) to 29th place as Janson surpassed him.

    Tournament leader and two-time Norwegian Open winner Mads Sandbækken (right) remained unchallenged at the top of the 201-player leaderboard with 1561 and an average of 260.17. The Norwegian lefty and the next seven players will earn three byes for the semi-final and Final Rounds 1, 2 and 3.

    With two more squads to come, 8th place Martin Moen Stikbakke of Norway holds the last spot to earn four byes with 1442, while Öberg mans the 16th and last place to earn three byes with 1424.

    2013EBT16OyvindHarang.jpg2015EBT15MikaelRoos.jpgØyvind Harang (left) of Norway holds the 24th place with 1406 which would earn him two byes, while 28th place Mikael Roos (right; 1382, including the tournament's first 300 game) would be the last player to miss the semi-final round on Saturday evening.

    Though the cutoff number for 42nd place remained 1359, there is a different player "on the bubble". Jansen's feat came at the expense of Anton Persson of Sweden, who slipped from 42nd to 43rd place. Fellow Swede Emil Ågren is tied with Persson at 1359, but has the lowest game (167 to 210) and therefore the higher five-game total (1192 to 1149) to hold 42nd place.

    Qualifying concludes Saturday, Oct. 10, with Squads 22 & 23 scheduled to start at 1 and 5 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 21/23

    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.