Farida Pascoal-Blom, Carlo Greulich walk away the winners in Dutch Senior Open


    2014 ISBT #7

    2014ISBT07CarloGreulichFaridaPascoalBlom.jpgLong-time International Seniors Bowling Tour competitors Farida Pascoal-Blom, Netherlands, and Carlo Greulich of Germany (pictured left, r-l) walked away the winners in the women's and men's division of the Dutch Senior Open, which concluded Sunday, August 3, in Nieuwegein, Netherlands.

    The seventh stop on the 2014 ISBT tour was at a new location for 2014, the 16-lane Chandra Bowling. Historically, this tournament has been held in Schiedam, but this year it moved some 60km east to Nieuwegein.

    2014ISBT07AdvanderJagtBettinaLund.jpgThe Dutch Senior Open always attracts a large number of entries, and this was not affected by the change of location, with 180 bowlers, 132 men and 48 women, taking part, the numbers boosted by the 66 Dutch bowlers. Pictured right is tournament organizer Ad van der Jagt with Bettina Lund of Ebonite Europe.

    The format for the tournament was a single qualifying block of 8 games, with unlimited re-entries. For those not able to qualify through the main leaderboard, there were additional opportunities through Turbo games.

    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.

    In the first squad, Georgio Desimio of Belgium took an early lead with 1861 scratch, 1973 with age bonus. Elke Gräwe of Germany led in the ladies section with 1572. Hans de Jager, Netherlands, took the lead of the second squad with 1747, with fellow countrywoman Bea Cramer being top lady with 1546.

    The first squad on Thursday saw Dutch Klaas Gorter at the top with 1805, with Yvonne Randell of Ireland establishing a position at the top with 1559. Werner Knöbl of Germany took the next squad with 1738, with Sabine Leutwiler of Switzerland being top lady with 1535.

    The first squad on Friday saw yet another nationality at the top, this time Swedish bowler Ulf Lönngren with 1791. In the ladies section, Gianna Di Giallorenzo of Italy posted 1581, to go top of the overall standings.

    Finn Pekka Tiironkoski took the next squad with 1803, with Ulla Caspari of Germany being top in the ladies section with 1565. The last squad of the day saw a number of high scores, in the men's section, Ron Oldfield of England hit 1834, and in the women's section, Gisela Insinger of German was the first woman over 1600, to go into the overall lead with 1650.

    At the end of the Friday qualification squads, the men's rankings were led by Desimio with 1973, almost 140 pins clear of Oldfield, with Gorter a little further behind in third place. In the women's section, Insinger had a 72 pin lead from Pascoal-Blom, with Di Giallorenzo lying in third position.

    Saturday provided the last three opportunities for bowlers to improve their positions, and for a few additional bowlers to join those who had already bowled.

    Lol Ellis of England took the first squad with 1814, with Martina Beckel of Germany leading the ladies with 1601. The second squad also had English and German leads, this time it was Carlo Greulich (1879) and Angie Brown of England (1663), who is the No. 1 on the all-time ISBT list with 10 titles.

    The final squad saw another strong showing from Oldfield with 1861, and Alessandra Morra of Italy posted 1693 to lead the qualification standings. Behind her was Brown on 1663, just ahead of Insinger on 1650. The last woman to qualify through the overall standings was Randell with 1559.

    The men's qualification was led by Desimio on 1973, followed by Greulich on 1831 and Oldfield on 1677. The cut at 32nd place went to Gabrielle Benvenuti of Italy on 1695.

    The top 4 men from qualification had a bye through the first final round early on Sunday morning, the remaining 32 bowlers had the early start, and bowled six games starting from scratch.

    2014ISBT07FinalistsMen.jpg2014ISBT07FinalistsWomen.jpgSweden's Lönngren emerged on top with 1430, followed by André Geelen of Belgium. The top 16 bowlers would move into the next round, and be joined by the top four from qualification.

    Here they would bowl a further 4 games, looking for a place in the eight to get into the round robin final. England's Alan Jenkins was top with 941, with Desimio the final player through on 865. Pictured left are the top 8 men.

    The 12 women semifinalists also bowled four games to gain a place in the final eight. Beckel led with 830 from Morra. Again, just making the cut was Randell in eighth place with 741. Pictured right are the top 8 women.

    2014ISBT07WomenTop3.jpg2014ISBT07MenTop3.jpgBoth finals were round robins, with 50% of the score from the semifinal carrying through. The women's final provided a really close result, with local favorite Farida Pascoal-Blom winning her first ISBT title this season by just 8 pins from Alessandra Morra, who was in turn a single pin ahead of Martina Beckel.

    The men's final was much more clear cut, with Carlo Greulich finishing with a comfortable lead over second place André Geelen, just edging out Ron Oldfield into third place. Greulich is the first multiple men's champion on the 2014 ISBT Tour.

    The next stop on the tour is the 50+ Euro Bowling Open, which marks the second visit of the year to Euro Bowling in Deurne, Belgium. The tournament runs from the 14th to 17th August. Full details are available at ISBTBowlingTour.eu.

    Report and results by Tony Brown. Photos by Bettina Lund, Ebonite Europe.


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