Roger Pieters and Gisela Insinger win the titles in Flanders Senior Open

    08/05/12

    2012 ISBT #6

    Report by Tony Brown

     

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    Roger Pieters (pictured left) of Belgium and Gisela Insinger (right) of Germany won the men's and women's title in the Flanders Senior Open. The sixth stop on the 2012 International Seniors Bowling Tour was held from July 16-22 at the Real bowling center just outside Gent in Belgium.

    This is traditionally a popular event, and this year it attracted 78 men and 23 women (pictured above are the 16 players, who advanced to round robin match play). The format for the tournament was two blocks of six games qualifying, with the lowest block optionally being replaced by a better re-entry score.

    For those not able to qualify through the main leaderboard, there were additional opportunities through Early Bird squads 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 scoring pace was good from the start, with Donimique de Nolf, Belgium, leading the first squad with 1390 including age bonus. This remained the highest series until the fifth quad on Friday, when Roger Pieters broke the 1400-barrier with a total of 1410.

    In the very next squad, Christer Danielsson, Sweden, raised the bar with a 1432 block, and then followed it with 1400 in the next squad.

    In the last squad on Friday night, England's Ron Oldfield came close to the top with 1413, closely followed by Erik Svensson, Denmark, on 1400. Onto Saturday morning, and Germany's Werner Laun set a new top score with 1435.

    Starting the eleventh squad, Danielsson and Oldfield were the two men currently qualifying straight to the final round robin. However, Lol Ellis, England, also wanted to be in the top two, and needed to strike off the sheet in the last game to just pass Ron for second place.

    For a while it looked likely, but an unlucky nine-count meant he ended up in third place, just ahead of Ron Deacon, England. The top 8 qualifiers all had byes through the first final round on Sunday morning.

    In women's qualifying, scoring was not very high, with top qualifier being Gisela Insinger with steady blocks of 1254 and 1226 for a total of 2480, just 16 pins ahead of her fellow country woman Marianne Pelz.

    Local bowler Liliane Vintens had struggled to find consistent scoring, and went into the last squad outside of the qualification places. However, the highest ladies qualifying set of 1283 moved her into third place. Qualifiers from the Early Bird squads were Pierre Prou of France and Jacky Perignon for the men, and Farida Pascoal, Netherlands, in the ladies section.

    This just left the Desperado Squad for those still lacking a qualification place, and 13 men and 5 women entered. Eddy Houben, Belgium, looked to be the early leader, starting with the first 5 strikes. This run came to an abrupt halt with a big split in the sixth frame, but he recovered with a further double to post a 240 game.

    Chico Poca Martinez, Spain, also hit a big split in frame two, but then had a run of five strikes and a good finish to post 252. However, bowling at a slightly slower pace, France's Laurent Quittelier was hitting strike after strike. After the first seven balls all scoring 10, the run came to an end, but he finished highest qualifier with a 268, with Houben being the unlucky third place bowler who didn't make the final stages.

    On the women's side, the steady bowling of Italy's Maria Grazia Locatelli, finishing with a double in the tenth frame, edged out Uschi Diekhoff, Germany, by just 8 pins.

    Sunday morning saw the start of the finals for the men. The men placed 9th to 28th plus the two desperado qualifiers bowled six games starting from scratch in the first final round. This squad was won by Barry Horne, United States, closely followed by Chris Vandamme, Belgium. Only the top 10 would continue, with Andre Geelen, Belgium, being in the final qualifying place.

    The second finals round saw these 10 qualifiers joined by six bowlers who had a bye for the previous round. Again, Vandamme was in second place, this time it was Roger Pieters, who won the round. The top six moved forward into the round robin, with Lol Ellis being the last qualifier.

    Christer Danielsson looked unstoppable in the early round robin matches, starting with games of 264, 264 and 254. After 5 games, he had opened up a sizeable lead of 70 over Werner Laun.

    However, the tables were turned in the last two games, and with Laun scoring 256 and 225 he just edged past Danielsson to gain the important top spot for the stepladder final. Danielsson finished second, with Pieters being some way back in third position.

    In the ladies section, the early leader was Petra Duplois, Germany, however final games of 228, 239, 236, and 217 propelled Angie Brown, England, into top qualifying place. Another English bowler, Jan Hodge, was comfortably in second place, with Gisela Insinger the final qualifier for the stepladder.

    The men's and women's stepladder were played at the same time, with each match being the best of three.

    In the first men's match, Danielsson was up against Pieters. The Swede won the first match comfortably 241-194. The second game was much closer, with Danielsson striking on his last four shots, but still losing 210-214. In the third and deciding game, Pieters hit the first six strikes and the last four to move forward to the tournament final 270-230.

    In the ladies section, the first match also went to three games. Hodge recovered from a first game defeat against Insinger to win the second by six pins, thanks to the last five strikes. However, Insinger ran out the winner in the third game 193-179, and would face Brown in the final.

    In the men's final match, Pieters took a reasonably easy victory over Werner Laun, 220-157 and 217-202 to become the Flanders Open champion for 2012.

    In the women's finale, Brown comfortably won the first game against Insinger, 217-178, due to her greater strike rate. In the second game, Gisela had a run of strikes at the beginning, and Angie's strikes dried up. A ball change for Angie towards the end found the strikes again, but it was too late, and Gisela leveled the match, 234-204.

    The final game was a repeat of the second, with Insinger's consistent sparing, together with 19 pins age bonus, being the deciding factors in a 221-185 victory.

    The next stop is at a return to the best supported tournament on the International Seniors Bowling Tour, the Schiedam Senior Open at Chandra Bowling from the Aug. 1-5, 2012.

     


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    Flanders Senior Open - Men's Stepladder Finals


    Bowling Center Real in Latem, Belgium (July 16-22, 2012)

    2012ISBT06Top3Men.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Roger Pieters, Belgium
    2. Werner Laun, Germany
    3. Christer Danielsson, Sweden

    L-R Laun, Pieters and Danielsson.

    Playoff Results (age bonus in parenthesis):
    Semifinal: #3 Pieters (7) def. #2 Danielsson (13), 2-1 (194-241, 214-210, 270-230)
    Championship: Pieters (7) def. #1 Laun (11), 2-0 (220-157, 217-202)

     


    Flanders Senior Open - Women's Stepladder Finals


    Bowling Center Real in Latem, Belgium (July 16-22, 2012)

    2012ISBT06Top3Women.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Gisela Insinger, Germany
    2. Angie Brown, England
    3. Jan Hodge, England

    L-R Brown, Insinger and Hodge.

    Playoff Results (age bonus in parenthesis):
    Semifinal: #3 Insinger (19) def. #2 Hodge (7), 2-1 (226-202, 205-216, 193-179)
    Championship: Insinger (19) def. Brown (4), 2-1 (178-217, 234-204, 221-185)

     


    Men's Round Robin Match Play


    The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals

     


    Women's Round Robin Match Play


    The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals

     


    Men's Final Round Two


    The top 6 advance to Round Robin Match Play

     


    Men's Final Round One


    The top 10 advance to Final Round Two

     


    Men's Qualifying


    Players with position, country and 12-game total. The top 28 advance to the finals. The top two earn two byes, third to eighth place get one bye.

    1. Christer Danielsson, Sweden, 2832 (1432, 1400)
    2. Ron Oldfield, England, 2794 (1413, 1381)
    3. Lol Ellis, England, 2784 (1408, 1376)
    4. Ron Deacon, England, 2722 (1294, 1428)
    5. Roger Pieters, Belgium, 2719 (1410, 1309)
    6. Luciano Di Rella, Belgium, 2703 (1393, 1310)
    7. Erik Svensson, Danmark, 2699 (1299, 1400)
    8. Domenico Nespoli, Belgium, 2694 (1387, 1307)
    9. André Geelen, Belgium, 2687 (1335, 1352)
    10. Dominique De Nolf, Belgium, 2684 (1390, 1294)
    11. Philippe Lanckaert, Belgium, 2680 (1333, 1347)
    12. Werner Laun, Germany, 2667 (1435, 1232)
    13. Chris Vandamme, Belgium, 2667 (1345, 1322)
    14. Erich Caspari, Germany, 2664 (1337, 1327)
    15. Loris Masetti, Italy, 2644 (1326, 1318)
    16. Ulf Lönngren, Sweden, 2638 (1274, 1364)
    17. Giorgio Desimio, Belgium, 2632 (1306, 1326)
    18. John Bosch, Netherlands, 2630 (1327, 1303)
    19. Frank Stander, England, 2613 (1329, 1284)
    20. Michel Perniaux, Belgium, 2610 (1322, 1288)
    21. Barry Horne, United States, 2602 (1305, 1297)
    22. Jürgen Preuss, Germany, 2600 (1359, 1241)
    23. Frank Lindsay, England, 2598 (1321, 1277)
    24. Bill Goldwasser, Belgium, 2597 (1289, 1308)
    25. Shigefumi Goto, France, 2581 (1358, 1223)
    26. Mo Singleton, England, 2571 (1244, 1327)
    27. Santo Provenzi, Italy, 2571 (1278, 1293)
    28. Guy Latry, Belgium, 2570 (1316, 1254)

    Missed Cut:
    29. Les Grant, England, 2565 (1307, 1258)
    30. Jack Smith, England, 2558 (1290, 1268)
    31. Jochen Diekhoff, Germany, 2557 (1292, 1265)
    32. Brian Wilkins, England, 2551 (1286, 1265)
    33. Christian Stefan, Austria, 2544 (1250, 1294)
    34. Eddy Houben, Belgium, 2533 (1250, 1283)
    35. Jean-Claude Lamotte, Belgium, 2527 (1294, 1233)
    36. Rene Gooyers, Netherlands, 2522 (1280, 1242)
    37. Miroslav Chylo, Germany, 2512 (1269, 1243)
    38. Alan Bennett, England, 2509 (1256, 1253)
    39. Rene v. Hoorebeke, Belgium, 2503 (1288, 1215)
    40. Danny Berardi, United States, 2500 (1263, 1237)
    41. Gabriele Benvenuti, Italy, 2488 (1215, 1273)
    42. Laurent Quittelier, France, 2485 (1250, 1235)
    43. Pierre Prou, France, 2480 (1249, 1231)
    44. Keith Hodge, England, 2474 (1285, 1189)
    45. Jacky Perignon, Belgium, 2473 (1263, 1210)
    46. Norbert Peelman, Belgium, 2471 (1177, 1294)
    47. Michel Bourgeois, Belgium, 2453 (1193, 1260)
    48. Manfred Meier, Germany, 2452 (1207, 1245)
    49. Steve Carnall, England, 2445 (1274, 1171)
    50. Eric Beaujot, France, 2438 (1195, 1243)
    51. Noël Lasseel, Belgium, 2432 (1248, 1184)
    52. Arthur Dähn, Germany, 2431 (1229, 1202)
    53. Pierre Ravez, Belgium, 2429 (1228, 1201)
    54. Frederick Lagrou, Belgium, 2428 (1176, 1252)
    55. Sangeleer Willy, Belgium, 2410 (1293, 1117)
    56. Marco Samsatli, Belgium, 2401 (1157, 1244)
    57. Cornelis Firmin, Belgium, 2398 (1236, 1162)
    58. Van Praet Jean Luc, Belgium, 2381 (1173, 1208)
    59. Mick Ince, England, 2377 (1237, 1140)
    60. David Montgomery, England, 2376 (1202, 1174)
    61. Chico Roca Martinez, Spain, 2371 (1199, 1172)
    62. Jurgen Bauer, Germany, 2362 (1207, 1155)
    63. Arlene Engels, Belgium, 2342 (1211, 1131)
    64. Leo De Vos, Belgium, 2341 (1163, 1178)
    65. Yvon Marchand, France, 2341 (1227, 1114)
    66. Marc Van Quickenborne, Belgium, 2325 (1106, 1219)
    67. Dominique Brosens, Belgium, 2300 (1139, 1161)
    68. Norbert Rondelez, Belgium, 2296 (1166, 1130)
    69. Paul Le Louarn, Jersey, 2288 (1145, 1143)
    70. Rudy Van der Hulst, Belgium, 2283 (1180, 1103)
    71. Albert Verthez, Belgium, 2280 (1216, 1064)
    72. Bruno Merlen, France, 2278 (1129, 1149)
    73. Ad van der Jagt, Netherlands, 2260 (1235, 1025)
    74. Imerio Bianchi, Belgium, 2231 (1174, 1057)
    75. Jan Enqqvist, Sweden, 2230 (1070, 1160)
    76. Smet Wim, Belgium, 2202 (1102, 1100)

     


    Women's Qualifying


    Players with position, country and 12-game total. The top 6 advance to Round Robin Match Play.

    1. Gisela Insinger, Germany, 2480 (1254, 1226)
    2. Marianne Pelz, Germany, 2468 (1247, 1221)
    3. Liliane Vintens, Belgium, 2457 (1174, 1283)
    4. Petra Duplois, Germany, 2434 (1230, 1204)
    5. Jan Hodge, England, 2423 (1260, 1163)
    6. Angie Brown, England, 2415 (1224, 1191)

    Missed Cut:
    7. Farida Pascoal, Netherlands, 2377 (1264, 1113)
    8. Karen Barfoot, England, 2369 (1207, 1162)
    9. Maria Grazia Locatelli, Italy, 2335 (1180, 1155)
    10. Uschi Diekhoff, Germany, 2329 (1150, 1179)
    11. Chris Wouters, Belgium, 2316 (1198, 1118)
    12. Ruth Stander, England, 2308 (1189, 1119)
    13. Erna Buysse, Belgium, 2293 (1143, 1150)
    14. Claribel Muis, Netherlands, 2277 (1173, 1104)
    15. Ria Willems, Belgium, 2245 (1178, 1067)
    16. Malou Carola, Belgium, 2235 (1090, 1145)
    17. Ulla Caspari, Germany, 2228 (1116, 1112)
    18. Jan Steiner, England, 2219 (1181, 1038)
    19. Psaroudaki Vicky, Belgium, 2198 (1091, 1107)
    20. Christine Marchand, France, 2196 (1115, 1081)
    21. Anneke Hutsebaut, Belgium, 2158 (1027, 1131)
    22. Henny vd Jagt, Netherlands, 2048 (1062, 986)
    23. Sharon Le Louarn, Jersey, 1885 (961, 924)