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Hermann Wimmer, Beate Albert win Italian Senior Open


Germany’s Hermann Wimmer and Beate Albert won the men’s and women’s titles in the Italian Senior Open, the fourth stop on the 2016 International Seniors Bowling Tour, which was held from June 4-12 at Reno Bowling in Bologna, Italy.

All champions this season, men and women, come from either Germany or England. Wimmer, who won the season-opening Arthur’s 11th Senior Open, became the first two-time winner this season.

The tournament attracted an entry list of 115 men and 20 women. The format for the tournament was two six game qualifying blocks, with re-entries allowing the lowest blocks to be replaced.

For those not able to qualify through the main leaderboard, there were additional opportunities through Turbo games and Early Bird qualification. 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.

Qualifying started a week before finals day and in total there were 21 qualifying squads. After completion of qualifying Loris Masetti of Italy was top male qualifier with 2875, just one pin ahead of Wimmer with Daniele Bronzetti, Italy, in third place.

The top 24 would proceed to the finals stages, the cut was a tie between Italian Antonio Maddaloni and Helmut Ulber of Germany with Maddaloni going forwards having the highest scratch total. These 24 were joined by 6 early bird and 2 turbo qualifiers.

In the women’s section, Alessandra Morra, Italy, had a slight lead with 2506 over Angie Brown of England, these two being some distance ahead of third place qualifier Marianne Pelz, Germany. The women’s cut for 5th place was Maria Grazia Locatelli, Italy, with 2341.

The 32 male players from qualifying were then divided into four groups of eight bowlers, each playing a round robin format. The top two from each group (pictured above) progressed to the grand final, which was another 8-game round robin. The group winners were Giorgio Desimio of Belgium, Horst Albert of Germany and Italians Santo Provenzi and Bruno Baravaglio.

Both men and women were then scheduled to play an eight-person round robin final. However, with all the competitors on the lanes, a problem was found with the ladies’ Early Bird qualification results.

Gisela Insinger of Germany, had been incorrectly missed off the Early Bird list and should have been in the final instead of Beate Albert. After having warmed up and been ready to start playing, Albert now found herself packing away, allowing Gisela Insinger to take her place.

A further discussion then took place, where it was considered that as no protest had been made earlier, the incorrect finals lineup should stand. However, in friendly ISBT fashion, a compromise was reached in that both players would now complete in a nine-player round robin final (pictured below).

In the men’s final, Hermann Wimmer finished with a clear lead of over 100 pins to become champion, ahead of Maurizio Celli and Francesco Didon, both of Italy. In the women’s final, 9th place qualifier Beate Albert took full advantage and emerged the winner by a small margin over compatriot Marianne Pelz with ISBT title leader Angie Brown in third place.

The next stop on the 2016 tour is at the Böblingen Senior Open at Dream Bowl in Böblingen, Germany. The tournament runs from July 16-24. Full details are available at the ISBT website.

Story and Results courtesy of Tony Brown.

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The photo shows the podium of the 2016 Italian Senior Open.

2016 Italian Senior Open – Men’s Round Robin Match Play Finals

Players with position, country, age bonus and 7-game total, including bonus pins

1. Hermann Wimmer, Germany, 23, 1834
2. Maurizio Celli, Italy, 2, 1738
3. Francesco Didon, Italy, 17, 1671
4. Aurelio Briganti, Italy, 24, 1610
5. Santo Provenzi, Italy, 16, 1594
6. Giorgio Desimio, Belgium, 16, 1573
7. Bruno Baravaglio, Italy, 11, 1553
8. Horst Albert, Germany, 24, 1533

2016 Italian Senior Open – Women’s Round Robin Match Play Finals

Players with position, country, age bonus and 8-game total, including bonus pins

1. Beate Albert, Germany, 6, 1941
2. Marianne Pelz, Germany, 15, 1929
3. Angie Brown, England, 8, 1873
4. Gisela Insinger, Germany, 23, 1850
5. Kimberly Oakley, England, 3, 1819
6. MariaGrazia Locatelli, Italy, 14, 1819
7. Carmen Secchi, Italy, 9, 1816
8. Elva Dario, Italy, 20, 1789
9. Alessandra Morra, Italy, 3, 1649

2016 Italian Senior Open – Men’s Round One

Top 2 players of each group advance to the finals.

Blue Group
1. Giorgio Desimio, Belgium, 16, 1725
2. Aurelio Briganti, Italy, 24, 1716

3. Oliver Simonian, France, 10, 1689
4. Roger Pieters, Belgium, 17, 1687
5. Daniele Bronzetti, San Marino, 17, 1643
6. Franco Vanzella, Italy, 16, 1618
7. Giorgio Galluzzo, Italy, 15, 1475
8. Maurizio Tiso, Italy, 12, 1357

Red Group
1. Santo Provenzi, Italy, 16, 1712
2. Hermann Wimmer, Germany, 23, 1661

3. Alessandro Martino, Italy, 0, 1621
4. Luciano Lambertini, Italy, 10, 1601
5. Sergio Fabbietti, Italy, 11, 1533
6. Calogero Miraglia, Belgium, 14, 1476
7. Gabriele Benvenuti, Italy, 10, 1459
8. Arthur Dähn, Germany, 15, 1438

Green Group
1. Horst Albert, Germany, 24, 1738
2. Maurizio Celli, Italy, 2, 1679

3. Patrick Rolland, France, 12, 1657
4. Serge Frouvelle, France, 6, 1590
5. Pat Nolan, United States, 2, 1579
6. Alan Keddie, England, 5, 1570
7. Ulf Lonngren, Sweden, 20, 1555
8. Patrick Delarue, France, 18, 1488

Yellow Group
1. Bruno Baravaglio, Italy, 11, 1796
2. Francesco Didon, Italy, 17, 1648

3. Antonio Maddaloni, Italy, 11, 1609
4. Steven Jeeves, England, 3, 1568
5. Giuseppe Sciascia, Italy, 12, 1550
6. Loris Masetti, Italy, 19, 1471
7. Jean-Philippe Rossire, Switzerland, 14, 1366
8. Werner Knöbl, Germany, 9, DNF

2016 Italian Senior Open – Men’s Qualifying

Top 24 qualifiers plus two players from Turbo Games (33rd and 36th place) and six Early Birds (places 26-31) advance to the next stage

2016 Italian Senior Open – Women’s Qualifying

Top 5 qualifiers plus one player from Turbo Games (11th place) and two Early Birds (places 6 and 7, and by decision of the organizers, 8th place) advanced to the finals.

Herbert Bickel

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