Gisela Fehling, Dominique De Nolf capture their first ISBT title in Berlin Senior Open


    2010 International Seniors Bowling Tour #8

    Bowlingcenter Schillerpark in Berlin, Germany (Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2010)

    2010ISBT08DominiqueDeNolfGiselaFehling.jpgGisela Fehling, Germany and Dominique De Nolf, Belgium (pictured) won the women's and men's division in the Berlin Schillerpark Senior Open en route to capture their first International Seniors Bowling Tour title.

    The 8th stop on the 2010 ISBT series took place at bowling center Schillerpark in Berlin, Germany, from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, and drew 14 women and 45 men. Due to the low number of entries, the tournament format had been modified.

    A total of 8 women and 32 men survived the qualifying and advanced to the finals on Sunday, Oct. 3. The top 16 men bypassed the first round of six games which determined the seeding for the single-elimination match play Round 2 in best-of-three format. The four women's and 12 men's winners then determined the champions in round robin match play.

    Two-time winner and ISBT president, Liliane Vintens, Belgium, rolled an 1199 six-game series in the first round of the finals to earns the No. 1 seed in the women's division. The top 8 men, who survived the round, all from Germany, were led by Hermann Wimmer with 1304 including 72 pins age bonus and Harald Ohlrogge, with the highest scratch total of 1293. Those eight were seeded 17th through 24th in the men's head-to-head match play.

    According to ISBT rules, 50 to 55 year-old players do not receive any age bonus, a 56-year-old gets 1 pin handicap per game, a 57 year-old got 2 pins, and so on. Maximum handicap is 20 pins per game.

    In the women's division, Gisela Fehling, who received 18 pins age bonus, swept her compatriot Gisela Insinger, two-games-to-none, 198-189 and 180-174. On the men's side, Dominique De Nolf (no bonus) made quick work of Manfred Meier, Germany, 224-173 and 225-209, for a 2-0 victory.

    Women's top seed Vintens went the distance against Claribel Muis defeating the Dutch in the decider, 172-136. Men's top seed, qualifying leader John R. Wilson, Ireland, was eliminated by No. 24 seed, Gert Gröpler, Germany, who fired a 240 game including 20 age bonus in the deciding third game.

    2010ISBT08TheissenDominiqueDeNolfGiselaFehling.jpgWith just four women advancing the round robin was only over 3 games. After a slow start (168), Fehling closed things out with 235 and 223 and added 54 handicap to win her first ISBT title with 680 total pinfall.

    Two-time world champion Martina Beckel, who made her first appearance on the ISBT, was a distant second (604) with Farida Pascoal-Blom, Netherlands, in third (601) and Vintens fourth (589).

    Pictured right: The winners of the Berlin Senior Open with Schillerpark owner Willi Theissen and his wife, left, and daughter, Tanja Theissen, right.

    In the men‚Äôs round robin, De Nolf scored over 200 in every game including 276, 279 and a 299 in the penultimate game to take a narrow win from Ernst Berndt (5 handicap), Austria, by only 16 pins, 2710-2704. Third place went to J√ľrgen Preuss, Germany (2669) and two-time ISBT winner Chris Vandamme, Belgium, in fourth (2597).

    The planned tour stop in October in Tilburg has been cancelled, so the next stop on the tour is the Senior English Open at Nuneaton, England between the 11th and 14th November. Over 100 bowlers have already confirmed entries.


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