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Paul Moor wins his 17th career EBT title in Irish Open


2016EBT02PaulMoor.jpgAll-time European Bowling Tour title leader Paul Moor of England defeated Irish two-hander Chris Sloan in the title match of the 28th Irish Open Championships, 495-414, to win his third Irish Open title and his 17th career European Bowling Tour title Sunday, Jan. 17, at Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland.

Pictured above are the top 4 in the 28th Irish Open Championships. L-R Hurt, Moor, Sloan and Thurlby. Photos M. Roe Photography.

Moor, who also won the Irish Open in 2005 and 2009 and ties compatriot Dom Barrett (2008, ’10 and ’11) as the only three-time winners, received 5.000 Euro for the win. The lefthander extended his winning streak on the European Bowling Tour four years in which he won six of his 17 titles. His first win on the Tour came in The Malta Open Championships 2004.

In the semifinal round in two games total pins format, Moor rolled games of 248 and 258 to eliminate last year’s runner-up Ron Hurt, United States, 506-491. Sloan used games of 247 and 210 to oust Rob Thurlby of England, 457-427 to get a shot at his first career EBT title.

Thurlby had one of two 300 games in qualifying (Jason Bezuidenhout of South Africa had the second), while Hurt posted the third 300 of the event in the third round of the finals. Sloan pocketed 2.500 Euro for second place, Thurlby received 1.500 Euro for third place and Hurt took home 1.250 Euro for fourth place.

After finishing fourth in 2015, Amanda Larkin, Ireland, was the best woman in the Irish Open for the second consecutive year, finishing in fifth place. She received a 750 Euro along with her 1.000 Euro prize money.

The top 4 senior bowlers (must be 50 years old on Jan. 1st) battled it out for the senior title. Tom Byrne, Ireland, edged Swede Bengt-Åke Bengtsson in the title match, 404-403, to earn 1.000 Euro. Bengtsson pocketed 500 Euro for second place, while 2015 Irish Open champion Brian Voss, United States, and Christer Petterson, Sweden, each got 250 Euro for third and fourth place.

2016EBT01IrishOpenLogo_small.jpgThe 28th Irish Open Championships in association with Storm is the second tournament of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the first of six “EBT Satellite” events this season, the lowest of the four EBT tournament categories.

The Irish Open will be held from January 10-17 at 18-lane Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland, and offers 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 is 32nd place, worth 100 Euro. The tournament awards extra prizes for the highest games (men and women), the top woman and the top 4 seniors (50+).

Qualifying (six games, unlimited re-entries) ran from Sunday, January 10, through Saturday, January 17, and was followed by a one-game Desperado Squad slated for 15.45 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

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 each from a separate standing of squads 1-6 and squads 7-11 not among the top 12, plus the top 4 from the Desperado Squad – advanced to the finals.

The top six qualifiers received two byes while qualifiers 7-12 and the top four players each of squads 1-6 and squads 7-11 earned a first-round bye.

The remaining 72 players bowled four games scratch with the top 31 advancing to another four-game block from scratch after which the field will be cut to the top 26. Those 26 and the top six qualifiers bowl six games scratch. The top 16 advance to the single-elimination match play finals with the two-game total determining the winner.

The highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second highest seeded player bowls the second lowest seeded player, and so on. The field will be trimmed to eight, four and then two players who bowl for the title and the 5.000 Euro top prize.

2016EBTLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 Euro.

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 be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters February 27, 2017, at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The 2016 European Bowling Tour commences with the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2016, a “silver” tournament, which will be held from Jan. 31 – Feb. 7 at Dolfijn Bowling Tilburg in Tilburg, Netherlands.

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2016 Irish Open – Final Standings (Cashers)

Top 32 with position, country and earnings

1. Paul Moor, England, 5.000 Euro
2. Chris Sloan, Ireland, 2.500 Euro
3. Rob Thurlby, England, 1.500 Euro
4. Ron Hurt, United States, 1.250 Euro
5. Amanda Larkin, Ireland, 1.000 Euro
6. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 800 Euro
7. Brian Voss, United States, 600 Euro
8. Tim Mack, United States, 500 Euro
9. Steven Gill, Scotland, 350 Euro
10. Colm Cloake, Ireland, 350 Euro
11. Brett Armer, England, 250 Euro
12. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 250 Euro
13. Jamie Bottomley, England, 200 Euro
14. Christer Petersson, Sweden, 200 Euro
15. Bengt-Åke Bengtsson, Sweden, 150 Euro
16. Kenneth Hermansen, Norway, 150 Euro
17. Alan Bride, Ireland, 100 Euro
18. Paul Chandler, Ireland, 100 Euro
19. Michael McColl, Scotland, 100 Euro
20. Brian Gillespie, Scotland, 100 Euro
21. Patrick Meka, Netherlands, 100 Euro
22. Tom Byrne, Ireland, 100 Euro
23. Tim Stampe, Denmark, 100 Euro
24. Elliot Crosby, England, 100 Euro
25. Patrik Jannick Sorensen, Denmark, 100 Euro
26. Jamie Elliott, England, 100 Euro
27. Mark Kerr, Scotland, 100 Euro
28. Petri Keituri, Finland, 100 Euro
29. Jason Bezuidenhout, South Africa, 100 Euro
30. Chris Oates, England, 100 Euro
31. Mitch Jordy Hop, Netherlands, 100 Euro
32. Aaron Faulconbridge, England, 100 Euro

1st women: Amanda Larkin, Ireland, 750 Euro

2016 Irish Open – Senior Championship

Championship Round:
1. Tom Byrne, Ireland, 1.000 Euro
2. Bengt-Åke Bengtsson, Sweden, 500 Euro
3. Brian Voss, United States, 250 Euro
4. Christer Petterson, Sweden, 250 Euro

Playoff Results:
Semi-final Match 1: #4 Byrne (231, 229) def. #1 Voss (225, 215), 460-440
Semi-final Match 2: #3 Bengtsson (247, 247) def. #2 Petterson (215, 266), 494-481
Championship: Byrne (182, 222) def. Bengtsson (208, 195), 404-403.

2016 Irish Open – Championship

Two games total pins format.

2016 Irish Open – Semifinals

Single-elimination, two games total pins format; winners advance, losers eliminated.

2016 Irish Open – Round of 8

Single-elimination, two games total pins format; winners advance, losers eliminated.

2016 Irish Open – Round of 16

Single-elimination, two games total pins format; winners advance, losers eliminated.

2016 Irish Open – Final Round 3 Results

Top 16 advance to single-elimination finals

2016 Irish Open – Final Round 2 Results

Top 26 advance to the third round

2016 Irish Open – Final Round 1 Results

Top 31 advance to the second round

2016 Irish Open – Standings after Qualifying and Desperado Squad

Total 92 players advance to the finals, including the top 6 qualifiers, qualifiers 7-12 plus the top 4 each of squads 1-6 (places 13-16) and squads 7-11 (places 17-20), the next 68 qualifiers (places 21-88) and the top 4 from the Desperado Squad (places 89-92). Top six earn two byes, places 7-20 get one bye.

Herbert Bickel

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