Carlo Greulich, Brigitte Fievet emerge as champions in Alsace Senior Open

    04/27/14

    2014 ISBT #3

    Les Grant (ENG), Klaus Rathgeber (GER) roll 300 games in men's qualifying

      Brigitte Fievet of France and Germany's Carlo Greulich emerged as women's and men's champion in the Alsace Senior Open, which was held at Cristal Bowling in Wittelsheim, France, from April 10-13.

    The photos show the top 8 men and the top 8 women. Click image to enlarge.

    The third stop on the 2014 International Seniors Bowling Tour attracted an entry list of 72 men and 21 women from 11 countries. The format for the tournament was two blocks of 6 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 Turbo games 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.

    From the start, qualifying scores were high, and there were two 300 games bowled during qualifying, one for Les Grant of England, the other for Klaus Rathgeber of Germany. After three days of qualification, eight women and 36 men would proceed to Sunday's finals.

    In the women's section, Germany's Marianne Pelz had two strong blocks totalling 2723 to have a convincing lead of over 100 pins from second place Liliane Vintens of Belgium. The top 11 bowlers were all over 2400 with age bonus, the cut for sixth place was Kimberly Oakley from England. Pictured below are the women's finalists.

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    In the men's section, scores were really high, with four bowlers over 3000, led by Ulf Lönngren of Sweden on 3056, just ahead of Andre Geelen of Belgium, who won the season opening event in Reims, France.

    The top eight men would miss the first final round, and the eighth place was taken by Dominique De Nolf of Belgium on 2904. Players 9 to 32 from the qualification standings would move into the first final round. The cut was Axel Bernau of Germany on 2665. Pictured below are the men's Round 1 qualifiers.

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    Sunday morning saw the start of the finals for the men, with all scores resetting to zero. The men who qualified from 9th to 32nd, together with the turbo and desperado qualifiers bowled four games starting from scratch in the first final round, with the top 16 progressing to the second final round, where they would be joined by the top eight qualifiers.

    Austrian Ernst Berndt was the clear winner of this round with 1007 and was followed by five French competitors in hot pursuit. The last qualifier into the second final round was Uwe Tscharke of Germany on 883. Pictured below are the top 16 men.

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    Berndt kept his fine form through the next round, again leading with 1449 over the six games, just a few pins ahead of Layachi Dyouad, France, and Harald Punessen, Germany. Only eight would make the final, with Frank Börner, Germany, just squeezing in on 1375.

    The men's final was dominated by Carlo Greulich and Patrick Rolland of France. In the end, it was Greulich who took top place averaging 255.57 over his seven games to beat out Rolland by just 15 pins.

    The ladies final saw defending champion Liliane Vintens take an early lead, with a 242 first game, and for a while it looked like she would keep the lead. However, a good finish from Brigitte Fievet (259, 235) left her with a 74 pin lead over Vintens, with Marianne Pelzo taking third position.

    The next stop is a return to Reno Bowling in Bologna, Italy for the Italian Senior Open. The tournament runs from the 31st May to 8th June 2014. Full details are available at ISBTBowlingTour.eu.

    Report and results by Tony Brown.

     


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