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Martina Beckel, Helmut Ulber start 2018 ISBT with victory in Osnabrück


Martina Beckel and Helmut Ulber of Germany kicked off the 2018 International Seniors Bowling Tour with victory in the 13th running of Arthur’s Senior Open, Sunday, March 11, at Vegas Bowling in Osnabrück, Germany.

Total 99 bowlers, 73 men and 26 women, from twelve countries competed in this year’s event. The format for the tournament was 12 games qualifying from two 6 game blocks, with re-entries allowed.

Age bonus started at age 51 (1 pin per game), then increased by one pin for every additional year of age with no limit. There were additional opportunities to qualify for the finals through Early Bird and Turbo rankings, and for the men a scratch ranking.

As with all ISBT events, there was a separate division for ladies. The tournament was played on the Kegel Stone Street pattern, which is from the Kegel Recreational library.

The tournament started on Wednesday, with qualifying continuing until the end of Saturday.

The final men’s rankings saw two UK bowlers at the top, Alan Jenkins with 2944 a significant distance ahead of Lol Ellis with 2897. Krzysztof Olesinski from Poland was in third place with 2885.

The top 7 would miss the first final round on Sunday, in seventh place was Harald Punessen from Germany. The last qualifier from the normal standings was Klaus-Uwe Lischka, also from Germany, with 2675. The players from 8th to 25th, plus six Early Bird and four Turbo qualifiers would bowl the first final round.

In the ladies’ section, Hilleve Huhta from Finland was top with 2672, ahead of defending women’s champion Liliane Vintens from Belgium and Marianne Pelz from Germany with distant 2544 and 2536, respectively. Places four and five belonged to Dutch Marian Verhoef (2523) and Germany’s Martina Beckel (2503).

Only the top six would automatically go forward to the final, this place was held by Rosemarie Greve from Germany with 2479. These six would be joined by two Turbo and two Early Bird qualifiers.

The first final round, which was held early on Sunday morning, featured a four-game block starting from scratch. This was won by Miroslaw Pajak from Poland, ahead of Helmut Ulber of Germany and André Geelen from Belgium. The cut for the next round was Manfred Rupertinger from Germany with 899.

In the second final round, the top seven from qualifying joined the top 11 players from round one. Giorgio Desimio from Belgium led the round with 1006 over the four games, ahead of Germans Hermann Wimmer and Helmut Ulber. The top ten would go forward to the final round, this place was held by Steve Carnall of England with 867.

Helmut Ulber continued his fine form in the grand final, and finished an easy winner with 1046 over the four game final, ahead of his fellow countryman Berny Stőckl and Lol Ellis of England, with Hermann Wimmer in fourth place. From left: Berny Stockl, Helmut Ulber and Lol Ellis.

The first ladies’ final round saw (from left to right) Martina Beckel lead with 806 from Marianne Pelz and Marian Verhoef. Farida Pascoal-Blom from the Netherlands was the fourth and final qualifier for the ladies’ grand final.

In the ladies’ final, Martina Beckel had a single pin lead after three games, but a 278 last game made her the easy overall winner, ahead of Marianne Pelz and Marian Verhoef.

The second stop of the 2018 International Seniors Bowling Tour is the Euro Bowling Senior Open, which will be held at Euro Bowling in Deurne, Belgium, from March 29 to April 1. Full details are available at the ISBT website.

Story and Results courtesy of Tony Brown.

2018 Arthur’s 13th Senior Open – Men’s Finals

2018 Arthur’s 13th Senior Open – Women’s Finals

2018 Arthur’s 13th Senior Open – Men’s Round Two Results

Top 10 advance to the final round.

2018 Arthur’s 13th Senior Open – Men’s Round One Results

Top 11 advance to the second round.

2018 Arthur’s 13th Senior Open – Women’s Round One Results

Top 4 advance to the final round

2018 Arthur’s 13th Senior Open – Men’s Qualifying

Top 25 qualifiers plus six Early Bird qualifiers (places 26-31), eight Turbo qualifiers (places 32-39) and three scratch bowlers (places 40-42) advance to the finals; top seven players receive one bye.

2018 Arthur’s 13th Senior Open – Women’s Qualifying

Top 6 qualifiers plus two Early Bird qualifiers (places 7 & 8) and two Turbo qualifiers (places 9 & 10) advance to the finals.

Herbert Bickel

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