Sweden's Flack, Persson Planefors set the tone in Round 1 at Norwegian Open


    2015 European Bowling Tour #15

    Swedish women's national team members roll 740 and 714 series to lead the top 8 players into the second round

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    Swedish women's national team members Nina Flack and Joline Persson Planefors paced the first three-game round to start the finals of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick Sunday morning at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    Former world champion Flack (above left) was a symbol of consistency rolling games of 235, 245 and 236 for 716 scratch, an average of 238.67, and added eight pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour to lead the round with 740 total.

    2015EBT15TimmyFredriksson2.jpg2015EBT15ThorKristianOstlieSolberg.jpgHer teammate Persson Planefors (above right) improved with each game she bowled and finished with games of 217, 225 and 248 for a 690 effort (230 average) and 714 total.

    Their fellow countryman Timmy Fredriksson (left) was the best male bowler in third place with 685 (228.33) behind games of 205, 234 and 246. The top Norwegian bowler, Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg (right), was just two pins behind with 683, including a high game of 257.

    His compatriot Øyvin Kulseng (below left) used the highest game of the round (267) to qualify in fifth position with 671. He was followed by Emil Ågren (below right) of Sweden with 665 and Olav J. Olsen of Norway with 651.

    2015EBT15OyvinKulseng.jpg2015EBT04EmilAgren.jpgMikael Roos took the eighth and last spot to advance with 634 or an average of 211.33. The top 8 will meet qualifiers 17-24 in the second round.

    60 of 208 players survived the qualifying cut in the Norwegian Open. The semi-final round on Saturday evening trimmed the field to 40 players who determine the champion in five three-game rounds with the first four rounds starting from scratch.

    The field will be cut 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 - Round 1 Results

    Top 8 advance to second round; Places 9-16 finish in 33rd to 40th place, earn 2.000 NOK.