Brian Voss wins his fourth EBT title in 27th Irish Open Championships by Seismic


    2015 European Bowling Tour #2

    Defeats fellow U.S. American Ron Hurt in title match, 439-386

    2015EBT02BrianVoss2.jpg Brian Voss (pictured left; photos Mick Roe), United States, defeated his fellow countryman Ron Hurt, 439-386, to win the 27th Irish Open Championships by Seismic Sunday at Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland, and to pocket the 5.000 Euro top prize.

    Along with his 25 PBA titles the PBA and USBC Hall of Famer now owns four titles on the European Bowling Tour.

    2015EBT02AmandaLarkin2.jpgThe title match over two games total pins was practically decided after the first game as Voss, who made the cut to single-elimination in 12th place, took a comfortable 76-pin lead, 248-172. Hurt narrowed the gap by 23 pins in game two, 214-191, but couldn't put any pressure on Voss. He earned 2.500 Euro for second place.

    In the semifinal matches, Voss ousted Steven Gill of Scotland, 400-385, while Hurt eliminated the best woman in the field, Amanda Larkin (right) of Ireland, 469-405. Gill, seeded 11th, received 1.500 Euro for third place. Larkin, who made the cut to the finals in 15th place, got 1.250 Euro for fourth place and a 1.000 Euro bonus as the best woman bowler in the tournament.

    2014ITBALogo_small.jpg The 27th Irish Open Championships by Seismic was the second event of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the first of eleven "EBT Satellite" events this season, the lowest of the four EBT categories.

    The Irish Open, which was held from January 11-18 at 18-lane Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland, is back on the EBT after an eight-year hiatus after being part of the Tour in the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

    Players competed for total prize money of 20.000 Euro with 5.000 Euro going to the winner, 2.500 to the runner-up and 1.500 and 1.250 to the third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash was 32nd place, worth 100 Euro. The top 8 women were guaranteed extra prizes (from 1.000 to 100 Euro) no matter what place they finished in.

    Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) ran from Sunday, January 11, through Saturday, January 17. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 - maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    Total 92 players - the top 80 from the overall qualifying standings, the top 4 from a separate standing of squads 6-10, the top 4 from a separate standing of squads 1-5, plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad - qualified for the finals.

    The top six qualifiers received two byes and qualifiers 7-12 and the top four players each of squads 1-5 and squads 6-10 earned a first-round bye.

    The remaining 72 finalists bowled four games scratch with the top 31 advancing to another four-game block scratch to cut to the top 26. Those 26 and the top six qualifiers bowled six games scratch with the top 16 advancing to the single-elimination match play finals with the two-game total determining the winner.

    The highest seeded player bowled the lowest seeded player, the second highest seeded player bowled the second lowest seeded player, etc.

    The field was trimmed to eight, four and then two players who bowled for the title and the 5.000 Euro top prize (6.000 Euro if won by a woman).

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 21 tournaments in 15 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, four "Gold", three "Silver" and eleven "Satellite" events. All 21 tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 1 million Euro (approx. 1.22 million U.S. Dollar).

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the San Marino Open.

    The Tour takes a short break before heading to Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands from February 8-15, 2015 for the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2015, an EBT "Silver" tournament.


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    2015 Irish Open - Final Standings (Cashers)

    Top 32 with position, country and earnings

    1. Brian Voss, United States, 5.000 Euro
    2. Ron Hurt, United States, 2.500 Euro
    3. Steven Gill, Scotland, 1.500 Euro
    4. Amanda Larkin, Ireland, 1.250 Euro
    5. Lisa John, England, 1.000 Euro
    6. Craig McArthur, England, 800 Euro
    7. Paul Stott Jr. Ireland, 600 Euro
    8. Andy Woods, England, 500 Euro
    9. Sam Rose, England, 350 Euro
    10. Daniel Stride, England, 350 Euro
    11. Sigbj√łrn Eide, Norway, 250 Euro
    12. Steve Kay, England, 250 Euro
    13. Aidan Byrne, Ireland, 200 Euro
    14. Greg Marcus, England, 200 Euro
    15. Stu Little, England, 150 Euro
    16. Danni Hopcroft, England, 150 Euro
    17. Lars Nielsen, Denmark, 100 Euro
    18. Jo Allsebrook, England, 100 Euro
    19. Glenn Morten Pedersen, Norway, 100 Euro
    20. Chris Sloan, Ireland, 100 Euro
    21. Patrick Meka, Netherlands, 100 Euro
    22. Jason Agate, England, 100 Euro
    23. Allen Smith, United States, 100 Euro
    24. Paul Traynor, Scotland, 100 Euro
    25. Alan McDonnell, Ireland, 100 Euro
    26. Mark Kerr, Scotland, 100 Euro
    27. Ryan Press, Northern Ireland, 100 Euro
    28. Andrea Hansen, Norway, 100 Euro
    29. Tanya Yusaf, Scotland, 100 Euro
    30. John Stubsve Bang, Norway, 100 Euro
    31. Paul Chandler, Ireland, 100 Euro
    32. Kenneth Hermansen, Norway, 100 Euro


    2015 Irish Open - Single-elimination Finals

    Two games total pins format; winner advances, loser eliminated.

    Championship Round:
    Brian Voss (248-191), United States def. Ron Hurt (172-214), United States, 439-386

    Semifinal Round:
    Ron Hurt, United States def. Amanda Larkin, Ireland, 469-405
    Brian Voss, United States def. Steve Gill, Scotland, 400-385

    Round of 8:
    Amanda Larkin, Ireland def. Lisa John, England, 464-447
    Steve Gill, Scotland def. Paul Stott Jr., Ireland, 429-426
    Ron Hurt, United States def. Andy Woods, England, 391-367
    Brian Voss, United States def. Craig McArthur, England, 526-449

    Round of 16:
    Lisa John, England def. Danni Hopcroft, England, in roll-off after a 473-473 tie
    Brian Voss, United States def. Sigbjorn Eide, Norway, 473-367
    Craig McArthur, England def. Greg Marcus, England, 425-400
    Ron Hurt, United States def. Stu Little, England, 397-321
    Andy Woods, England def. Daniel Stride, England, 390-354
    Paul Scott, Jr. Ireland def. Aiden Byrne, Ireland, 502-438
    Steven Gill, Scotland def. Steve Kay, England, 415-413
    Amanda Larkin, Ireland def. Sam Rose, England, 440-404


    2015 Irish Open - Final Round 3 Results

    Top 16 advance to single-elimination finals


    2015 Irish Open - Final Round 2 Results

    Top 26 advance to the third round


    2015 Irish Open - Final Round 1 Results (by Bowlingdigital)

    Top 31 advance to the second round