Swedes Björklund, Roos shoot 1400-series to lead the top 12 into Sunday's Round 1


    2015 European Bowling Tour #15

    Six Swedish and six Norwegian bowlers make the second cut; all four women in the semi-final round advance



    2015EBT15MikaelRoos.jpg2013EBT16OlavOlsen.jpgLisa Björklund (pictured above) and Mikael Roos of Sweden posted 1400-plus series in the semi-final round of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick Saturday evening at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, to lead the top 12 players, six Swedes and six Norwegians, into Sunday's Round 1.

    Björklund averaged over 240 for the first five games (266, 206, 253, 244 and 234) to take a commanding lead and finished atop the leaderboard with 1421, including 48 pins handicap, despite a closing game of 170.

    Roos (left), who rolled the first of three 300 games in qualifying, had the field-best 234.50 average and 1407 total including a pair of 248s and a pair of 219s. Olav J. Olsen (above right) was the best Norwegian bowler in third place with 1395, including a high game of 280.

    2015EBT15OyvinKulseng.jpg2015EBT15MonicaLislien.jpgFellow Norwegian Øyvin Kulseng (left) was further eight pins behind in fourth place with 1387 boosted by a 286, the highest game of the round. All four women in the semi-final round survived the second cut.

    Joining Björklund in Round 1 will be Swedish national team members Nina Flack (6th) and Joline Persson Planefors (9th) as well as Norway's Monica Lislien (right; 10th), who was the qualifying cut with an average of 227.50 including handicap.

    32 of the 60 players, who survived the qualifying cut bowled six games scratch with the top 12 advancing to Final Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

    There were only 29 instead of 32 players in the semi-final round as Turbo qualifier Trond Kråkmo of Norway was forced to withdraw because of illness, while Swedes Annie Thorell and Anton Persson were two no-shows.

    The top 8 qualifiers received four byes, qualifiers 9-16 got three byes, qualifiers 17-24 earned two byes and qualifiers 25-28 bypassed the semi-final round.

    The remaining forty players will determine the champion in five three-game rounds with rounds 1-4 starting from scratch. The field will be trimmed to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowl a final three-game round with the pinfall from Round 4 being carried forward.

    The player with the highest six-game total will earn the title, the 40.000 NOK top prize and 50 EBT ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).

    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 provides 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.

    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 - Semifinal Round

    Top 12 advance to Final Round 1; Places 13-32 finish in 41st to 60th place, earn from 1.000 to 1.500 NOK.