Swedish women set the pace in penultimate qualifying squad at Norwegian Open


    2015 European Bowling Tour #15

    Jenny Wegner, Victoria Johansson crack the 1400-bar in Squad 22; Norway's Mads Sandbækken leads the 207-player field with 1561 and an average of 260.17; No. 42 score to beat to advance is up to 1364 (227.33 average)



    Swedish women's national team members Jenny Wegner and Victoria Johansson both cracked the 1400-bar to pace the 22nd and penultimate qualifying squad at the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick Saturday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    Team Sweden: L-R Joline Persson Planefors, Victoria Johansson, Rebecka Larsen, Nina Flack, Ida Andersson and Jenny Wegner.

    2015EBT15JennyWegner.jpg2015EBT15VictoriaJohansson.jpgWegner (left), who had a 1470 series, including 48 pins handicap, in Squad 18 in which Mads Sandbækken of Norway powered his way to the top of the leaderboard with 1561 and an average of 260.17, rolled another 1419-series to become the third woman to win a squad in Oslo.

    Wegner had games of 226, 242, 224, 198, 276 and 205 for 1371 scratch, an average of 228.50, to lead her team mate by 10 pins. Johansson (right) used games of 212, 258, 179, 245, 286 and 181 for 1361 (226.83) and 1409 total to jump from 85th to 24th place. She is the 26th player in this tournament who surpassed the 1400-mark.

    The Swedish women's national team participates in the Norwegian Open to practice for the Women's World Championships in Abu Dhabi in December. Joline Persson Planefors finished with 1353 and is currently the best woman outside to top 42 in 46th place.

    Rebecka Larsen was next with 1316, immediately followed by Nina Flack with 1305 and Ida Andersson with 1256. Andersson sits in third place in the overall standings with her high series of 1476.

    2015EBT15ToreRokkones.jpgStarting the squad in 36th place with 1367, Tore Rokkones (left) of Norway rolled games of 246, 234, 193, 226 and 200 and closed with a big 268 game to improve his high score by six pins and to leap into 34th place with 1373 (228.83).

    With the last squad to go, Martin Moen Stikbakke of Norway holds the 8th and last place to earn four byes (semi-final and Rounds 1-3) with 1442, while Roger Öberg of Sweden maintained 16th place, the last place to earn three byes, with 1424.

    2015EBT15ArnarDavidJonsson.jpgJohansson holds the last spot to receive two byes, while 28th place Olav J. Olsen of Norway slipped to 28th place with 1382 and would be the last player to miss the semi-final round on Saturday evening.

    With 207 players from Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Sweden and Norway in the books, Arnar David Jonsson (right) of Iceland holds the 42nd place and last place to survive the qualifying cut with 1364 and an average of 227.33.

    Qualifying concludes Saturday, Oct. 10, with Squad 23 scheduled to start at 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.


    Related Articles

    Tor Inge Jansen dominates Squad 21 as Norwegian Open surpasses 200-player mark
    Mathias Reinertsen, Arnar David Jonsson add their names to the leaderboard
    Anneli Blomqvist becomes the second female squad winner
    Mads Sandbækken averages over 260 to power his way into the lead
    Robin Asbjörnsen is the lone player to make the top 42 from Squad 17
    Ireland's Chris Sloan brings the number of 1400-series to 20
    Martin Larsen becomes the 20th player to crack the 1400-bar
    Jimmy Mortensen becomes the first player to crack the 1500-bar
    No changes atop the leaderboard in Wednesday's Squad 12
    Tuesday's squad leaders Bård Jensen, Thomas Fredrik Fagerstrøm crack top 10
    Ida Andersson overtakes her brother Pontus Andersson to take the lead
    Pontus Andersson takes over qualifying lead in Squad 5
    Hansen, Pedersen add their names to the leaderboard
    Tor-Øyvind Lunde takes early lead in Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick
    Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick Tournament Preview
    Norway's Tore Torgersen cruises to victory in Norwegian Open 2014 by Brunswick
    2015 European Bowling Tour Schedule, Champions and Money-breakdown
    2015 EBT Point Rankings by Bowlingdigital - Men and Women


    Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick - Standings after Squad 22/23

    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.