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Angie Brown, Alan Jenkins sweep the titles in Flanders Senior Open

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England’s Angie Brown and Alan Jenkins swept the women’s and men’s titles in the Flanders Senior Open Sunday in Deurne, Belgium, the second sweep for England in the last three tournaments. The first came in the Stroud Senior Open.

The tenth stop on the 2017 ISBT tour was a return to the popular venue of Euro Bowling, which attracted an entry of 78 men and 23 women.

The format for the tournament was a single six-game qualifying block with unlimited re-entries. For those not able to qualify through the main leader board, there were additional opportunities through Early Birds, Turbo games, Scratch scores and a Desperado squad.

Age bonus started at age 51 (1 pin per game), then increased a pin for every additional year of age with no limit. As with all ISBT events, there was a separate division for ladies.

The first squad on Tuesday night was won by Giorgio Desimio of Belgium with 1360 including age bonus, just ahead of Gunnar Trouillard of Belgium. Top lady was Paula Visser of Netherlands with 1249.

There were three squads on Wednesday and the top two places again went to Belgian bowlers, Roger Pieters with 1483 and André Geelen with 1390. Liliane Vintens of Belgium set a new high score in the ladies’ section with 1301. This concluded the Early Bird qualification, with the top bowlers now guaranteed a place in the finals.

Thursday belonged to bowlers from the Netherlands with John Bosch leading with 1467 ahead of Auke Broekhuizen with 1394 and Claribel Muis in the ladies with 1172.

The three squads on Friday were led by Canadian Alan Tone with 1438, ahead of Hermann Wimmer of Germany and Auke Broekhuisen of Netherlands. The UK ladies showed they were in good form, taking the top three positions for the day, led by Lynne Walker with 1292, ahead of Angie Brown and Kimberley Oakley.

There were three final chances to qualify on Saturday, the first was won by Fréderic Goron of France with 1392, the second by Gery Verbruggen of Belgium with 1452, and the final squad by Lol Ellis of England with 1452.

In the ladies section the cut was looking to be high and many bowlers were struggling to make the finals.

The first squad of the day was won by Martina Beckel of Germany with 1228, which was not enough to make the top 5 and qualification. The second was won by Kimberley Oakley with 1210, again not making the cut. In the final squad, Liliane Vintens improved her score to 1383, and Kimberley Oakley found a qualifying score, but Martina Beckel improved, but still failed to make the cut.

In the final game of qualifying, the oldest lady in the competition, Ruth Stander (right) from England, had a super 225 scratch game, which together with her age bonus for being 83 years old gave her an all important Turbo qualification place. The end of her game was loudly supported by her friends from all nationalities on the tour.

At the end of qualification, Roger Pieters was top qualifier with 1483, ahead of John Bosch, Gery Verbruggen of Belgium and Alan Tone. These four would miss the first two finals rounds.

The cut for the finals in 22nd place was Helmut Ulber of Germany with 1340. All qualifiers from the main ranking would miss the first finals round, which was played on Saturday evening. This would be contested by three Early Birds, three Scratch, four Turbo, and two Desperado bowlers.

In the women’s rankings, Liliane Vintens was clearly top with 1383, ahead of Lynne Walker, Kimberley Oakley, Angie Brown and Paula Visser. Only these five would go forward directly to the second finals round. The first finals round, again on Saturday evening was made up from two Early Birds, one Scratch, two Turbos, and a Desperado bowler.

13 men and 3 ladies took part in the Desperado competition. Paul Cosgrove of England started with an open, then hit seven strikes in a row to win with 245, ahead of Doug Sinclair from Scotland. The sole lady qualifier was Martina Beckel with 202.

Twelve men and six ladies took part in the first final round, which was a four game block. In the men’s section, the top six would stay in the competion. François Apers of France led with 914, a single pin ahead of Valentin Fatu of Romania. Harald Punessen of Germany was the last to go through, with a score of 837. In the women’s section, Martina Beckel was top with 800, the others to go forward were Karin Lischka of Germany and Ruth Stander.

The next final round was a six game block for just the men, bowled early on Sunday morning. Hermann Wimmer was a clear lead at the end with a score of 1497, ahead of Lol Ellis. The top 12 would go forward, this position fell to Auke Broekhuisen with 1323.

The remaining men and women now bowled a further 4 game block, to see who would make the final round. As pinfall would carry forward, getting off to a good start was key to success. Alan Jenkins of England had a good start, finishing with 1021, ahead of Gery Verbruggen and Hermann Wimmer. Only eight men (pictured left) would make the final round, just creeping in was Mo Singleton of England with 889.

In the ladies’ division, Angie Brown had four strong games to total 911, giving her almost a 100 pin lead over second place Kimberley Oakley. Only four women made the final round, Liliane Vintens and Lynne Walker (right, l-r) made up the remaining bowlers.

In the final round, Peter Knopp suddenly found his form, and scored 779 scratch over the three games, but Alan Jenkins continued to bowl steadily, and ran out the winner to gain his second ISBT title, ahead of Peter Knopp and Herman Wimmer.

In the ladies’ section, the lead Angie Brown took into the final proved decisive, and just as in the men’s section, a strong performance from Kimberly Oakley was not enough to overhaul steady bowling from Angie Brown who became champion of the Flanders Senior Open for the fourth time in its eighth year, taking her ISBT wins to record 15.

The final stop of the 2017 International Seniors Bowling Tour is the Zeeland Senior Open, which takes place at Bowling Goes in the Netherlands from the November 29 to December 3.

Full details are available at the ISBT website.

Story and Results courtesy of Tony Brown.

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From left: Peter Knopp, Alan Jenkins and Hermann Wimmer.

Flanders Senior Open 2017 – Men’s Round 4 (final standings)

From left: Kimberley Oakley, Angie Brown and Lynne Walker.

Flanders Senior Open 2017 – Women’s Round 3 (final standings)

Flanders Senior Open 2017 – Men’s Round 3

Top 8 advance to the finals.

Flanders Senior Open 2017 – Women’s Round 2

Top 4 advance to the finals.

Flanders Senior Open 2017 – Men’s Round 2

Top 12 advance to the Round 3.

Flanders Senior Open 2017 – Women’s Round 1

Top 3 advance to the Round 2.

Flanders Senior Open 2017 – Men’s Round 1

Top 6 advance to the Round 2.

Flanders Senior Open 2017 – Men’s Qualifying

Top 22 plus three Scratch winners (place 23-25), four Turbo (places 26-29), three Early Bird winners (places 30-32) and two players of the Desperado Squad (place 33 & 34) advance. The top 4 earn two byes, qualifiers 5-22 get a first-round bye.

Flanders Senior Open 2017 – Women’s Qualifying

Top 6 plus one Scratch winner (6th place), two Turbo (places 7 & 8), two Early Bird winners (places 9 & 10) and one player of the Desperado Squad (11th place) advance. The top 5 earn one bye.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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