Steve Thornton and Jo Harries win Cheltenham Open Singles

    05/18/06

    Brunswick Team England #5

    Cotswold Bowl in Cheltanham

    The Cheltenham Open Singles was the fifth event of the 2006 Brunswick Team England ranking season. Unusual enough that Steve Thornton and Jo Harries became the fifth men's and fifth women's champion this year.

    The first round (six games) was contested on short oil, while the second round (four games) was played on long oil with alternating long and short in the match play finals (top 10 men and top 6 women).

    Steve_Thornton_5327.jpg Former World Games Mixed Doubles champion Steve Thornton won the men's event virtually from start to finish with some class bowling on extremely difficult conditions. Just a 193-average (men) and a 179-average (women) was required to make the finals. Thornton finished with a 4134 19-game pinfall, an average of 217,58, and added 210 bonus pins for 4344 pinfall total. He outaveraged his nearest competitor, Robert Kendall, 4054, by more than 15 pins. Last year's BTE ranking champion Dominic Barrett ended up third with 4008.

    Jo Harries 2.jpg On the women's side, long-time international Jo Harries was the sole woman in the field to average over 200. Harries captured the title with an average of 202,13 and pinfall total of 3152. Last year's BTE rankings runner-up Lisa Gardner was 211 pins behind in second place with 2941 and an average of 190,07. Third place went to Faye Elkington with 2824.


    Cheltenham Open Singles - Men's Division


    Players with position, 19-game total, average, match play bonus and grand total

    1. Steve Thornton, 4134, 217,58, 210, 4344
    2. Robert Kendall, 3844, 202,32, 210, 4054
    3. Dominic Barrett, 3828, 201,47, 180, 4008
    4. James Parrott, 3695, 194,47, 150, 3845
    5. Mark A Smith, 3723, 195,95, 120, 3843
    6. David Kendall, 3675, 193,42, 150, 3825
    7. Wayne Greenall, 3696, 194,53, 120, 3816
    8. Nathan Whitaker, 3575, 188,16, 90, 3665
    9. Gary R Baker, 3531, 185,84, 60, 3591
    10. Richard Hood, 3521, 185,32, 60, 3581

    Missed cut after 10 games:
    11. Gordon Humphries, 1931, 193,10, 1931
    12. Michael Ross, 1930, 193,00, 1930
    13. Adam Scott, 1922, 192,20, 1922
    14. Joe Preddy, 1913, 191,30, 1913
    15. Richard Beck, 1898, 189,80, 1898
    16. Clive Morris, 1883, 188,30, 1883
    17. Jon Zadel, 1871, 187,10, 1871
    18. Matt Miller, 1868, 186,80, 1868
    19. Fred Lee, 1856, 185,60, 1856
    20. Lee Wills, 1853, 185,30, 1853
    21. Ben Hensby, 1850, 185,00, 1850
    22. Mark Woods, 1839, 183,90, 1839
    23. Matt Hamilton, 1836, 183,60, 1836
    24. Thomas Cheung, 1813, 181,30, 1813
    25. Steve Foley, 1796, 179,60, 1796
    26. Geoff Buck (WD), 1740, 193,33, 1740

    Missed cut after 6 games:
    27. Matt Giles, 1095, 182,50, 1095
    28. Cliff Dew, 1091, 181,83, 1091
    29. Lee Chatfield, 1091, 181,83, 1091
    30. Neil Highgate, 1086, 181,00, 1086
    31. Simon Bartram, 1082, 180,33, 1082
    32. Greg Jerome, 1081, 180,17, 1081
    33. Daniel Eason, 1076, 179,33, 1076
    34. Damian Gray, 1074, 179,00, 1074
    35. Matt Jones, 1072, 178,67, 1072
    36. Steve Miller, 1048, 174,67, 1048
    37. Mike Quarry, 1048, 174,67, 1048
    38. Gerry Wrathal, 1009, 168,17, 1009
    39. Ed Moore, 1001, 166,83, 1001
    40. Chris West, 999, 166,50, 999
    41. Steve Norton, 999, 166,50, 999
    42. Julian Ray, 997, 166,17, 997
    43. Ralph Hughes, 978, 163,00, 978
    44. Bert Hales, 935, 155,83, 935
    45. Paul Bellamy, 923, 153,83, 923
    46. Andy James (WD), 270, 135,00, 270


    Cheltenham Open Singles - Women's Division


    Players with position, 15-game total, average, match play bonus and grand total

    1. Jo Harries, 3032, 202,13, 120, 3152
    2. Lisa Gardner, 2851, 190,07, 90, 2941
    3. Faye Elkington, 2704, 180,27, 120, 2824
    4. Angie Brown, 2744, 182,93, 60, 2804
    5. Vikki Burbridge, 2766, 184,40, 30, 2796
    6. Carrie Newth, 2734, 182,27, 30, 2764

    Missed cut after 10 games:
    7. Ann Smith, 1785, 178,50, 1785
    8. Jemma Smith, 1777, 177,70, 1777
    9. Pauline Buck, 1706, 170,60, 1706
    10. Julie Giles, 1632, 163,20, 1632

    Missed cut after 6 games:
    11. Bev Tolman, 1002, 167,00, 1002
    12. Sam Hawke, 971, 161,83, 971
    13. Kylie Wills, 970, 161,67, 970
    14. Cali Hannan Woods, 870, 145,00, 870
    15. Lisa John (WD), 156, 156,00, 156