Hildegard Kuhn, Chris Van Damme claim the titles in 3rd Italy Senior Open


    2010 International Seniors Bowling Tour #2

    Reno Bowling in Bologna, Italy (June 1-6, 2010)

    2010ISBT02ChrisVandammeHildegardKuhn.jpgThis 3rd Italy Senior Open, the second stop of the inaugural 2010 International Seniors Bowling Tour, was held from June 1-6, 2010 at Reno Bowling in Bologna, Italy. Top seeded Chris Van Damme (pictured left), Belgium, and Hildegard Kuhn (right), Italy, claimed the titles in the men's and women's division.

    Van Damme ended Christer Danielsson's run in the men's title match, when he defeated the 8th seeded Swede, 230-193, to claim the 2.500 Euro top prize. Danielsson, who posted games of 207, 287 and 245 in the first three shootout matches received 1.500 Euro for second place.

    In the 4-player women's stepladder finals, Liliane Vintens, Belgium, seeded fourth, defeated No. 3 Farida Pascoal-Blom, Netherlands, and No. 2 Raffaella Fusco, Italy, for the right to bowl Hildegard Kuhn for the title.

    Vintens flew past her opponent in the first game, 210-148, but the top seed, who must be defeated twice to win the title, bounced back with 240-176 win in the decider to wrap up the title and the 800 Euro top prize. Vintens, who also finished second in the first ISBT stop in Monheim, Germany, pocketed, 600 Euro for second place.

    ISBTLogo.jpg The third stop of the 2010 International Seniors Bowling Tour, the ALPA Senior Open, will take place at Alpa-Bowl in Buxtehude, Germany from June 30 - July 4, 2010.


    Italy Senior Open - Men's Playoffs

    Championship Round:
    1. Chris Van Damme, Belgium, 2.500 Euro
    2. Christer Danielsson, Sweden, 1.500 Euro
    3. Aurelio Briganti, Italy, 1.000 Euro
    4. Sergio Fabbietti, Italy, 800 Euro
    5. Rosario Bellomonte, Italy, 600 Euro
    6. J√ľrgen Preuss, Germany, 400 Euro
    7. Claes Gauffin, Sweden, 300 Euro
    8. Saverio Tuccimei, Italy, 200 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: #8 Danielsson (207) def. #7 Tuccimei (199) and #6 Gauffin (191)
    Second Match: Danielsson (287) def. #4 Bellomonte (243) and #5 Preuss (230)
    Third Match: Danielsson (245) def. #3 Fabbietti (244) and #2 Briganti (210)
    Championship: #1 Van Damme def. Danielsson, 230-193.


    Italy Senior Open - Women's Playoffs

    Championship Round:
    1. Hildegard Kuhn, Italy, 800 Euro
    2. Liliane Vintens, Belgium, 600 Euro
    3. Raffaella Fusco, Italy, 500 Euro
    4. Farida Pascoal-Blom, Netherlands, 400 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: #4 Vintens def. #3 Pascoal-Blom, 205-184
    Second Match: Vintens def. #2 Fusco, 183-163
    Championship: Vintens def. #1 Kuhn, 210-148
    and in the decisive game: Kuhn def. Vintens, 240-176.

    Note: The No. 1 seed must be defeated twice to win the title.