Germany's Carlo Greulich, Marianne Pelz sweep titles at 7th Schiedam Senior Open


    2012 ISBT #7

    Report by Tony Brown


    Germany's Marianne Pelz and Carlo Greulich (pictured r-l) swept the women's and men's title at the 7th Schiedam Senior Open Sunday at Chandra Bowling in Schiedam, Netherlands.

    The seventh stop on the International Seniors Bowling Tour, traditionally the most popular event on the tour, attracted 126 men and 36 women. The qualifying format was a single eight-game block with re-entries allowed.

    For those not able to qualify through the main leaderboard, there were additional opportunities through the Early Bird squads and Turbo games. Age bonus started at age 51 (one 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 women.

    In the very first squad, Chris Vandamme, Belgium, posted a 1937 scratch total (1969 with age bonus) for a 242 average and a clear early lead. In the same squad, Erna Buysse, Belgium, led the ladies section with an excellent 1590 including bonus.

    In the third squad, the lead was tied with 1937 for Harry McDeakin. The fourth squad saw a change at the top of the ladies section, with Claribel Muis, Netherlands, totaling 1613, while in the men's section, Robert Lind was squad leader on 1894, including a 299 game.

    The sixth squad saw the entry of last year's ladies winner Petra Duplois, Germany, who immediately showed she was still in good form, posting a huge 1748 total, which was never to be beaten. The seventh squad saw the arrival of two established ladies, Farida Pascoal-Blom, Netherlands, and Angie Brown, England, who comfortably led the squad with 1710 and 1703 respectively.

    The ninth squad saw another high score in the men's section, this time from England's Lol Ellis with 1957. The tenth and final squad was totally full, with bowlers trying to secure qualifying places.

    England's Al Jenkins successfully achieved this with 1962, to finish qualification in second place behind Vandamme. In the ladies section, Uschi Diekhoff, Germany, posted 1604 to secure her place in the final rounds.

    The top 36 men would move into the final rounds, and there was a tie for the last three places on 1779 for Norbert Rondelez, Belgium, Erich Caspari, Germany, and Bill Goldwasser, Germany. Four more men would qualify from the Turbo games, led by John R. Wilson, Ireland, on 293 including bonus.

    The ladies cut for the top 10 was Diekhoff on 1604, these ten would be joined by two Turbo qualifiers in the final stages on Sunday.

    It was an early start on Sunday for the men, however this didn't deter lefthander Carlo Greulich, Germany, who averaged 250 over the four games to be just a few pins ahead of Christer Danielsson, Sweden. The top 20 were to move forward to the next round, with Ulf Lönngren, Sweden, being the last qualifier on 867.

    Both men and ladies now bowled a further four games, without the benefit of a lane re-dress. For the men, the scores from the previous four games carried through, and Greulich continued where he had left off, now averaging 268 for the four-game block. The cut for the final 8 was Guy Latry, France, on 1840.

    In the ladies section, the top three positions were dominated by lefthanders, with Marianne Pelz, Germany, on 946, Barbara Karnasch, Germany, on 935 and Claribel Muis, Netherlands, on 901. The final position for the final was taken by Dutch favorite Farida Pascoal-Blom on 760, who tied with Ireland's Yvonne Randall, but progressed by virtue of the higher scratch total.

    The finals were both eight-person round robins, with 50% of the pinfall from the earlier final rounds being carried through. In the men's section, Greulich started with a comfortable 118 pin lead. Barry Horne, United States, moved into second position after the first round, closely followed by Ellis.

    2012ISBT07MenTop3.jpgAfter four rounds, Greulich was still in the lead, having won all four matches with games over 220. The gap to Horne was now down to only 43 pins, thanks to 257 and 247 games from the American. Horne continued to inch towards the lead, but a 267 game from Greulich in game six consolidated his position, and he held the lead through the final game to become the champion. Horne finished only 18 pins behind, with Danielsson in third place.

    L-R Horner, Greulich and Danielsson.

    2012ISBT07WomenTop3.jpgThe women started much closer and a 243 game from Brown in the first game put her into the lead. However, the German pairing of Pelz and Barbara Karnasch continued to put in a succession of good games, and by the fifth game, Karnasch led Pelz by 27 pins, with Muis only 19 further behind.

    The sixth game saw a big push from Brown with a 248 game to move into third place, and an outside chance of moving further up the leaderboard. As it turned out, she finished in third place, but the big change was Pelz finding a 241 game to overtake Karnasch and become the champion.

    L-R Karnasch, Pelz and Brown.

    The next stop is a return to Belgium and Bowlmaster bowling center in Brussels for the Belgium Senior Open from August 15-18, 2012.


    Women's Division - Final Standings after Round Robin


    Men's Division - Final Standings after Round Robin