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World Senior Championships 2017 officially declared open

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The World Senior Championships 2017 were officially declared open Monday afternoon at Dream-Bowl Palace in suburban Munich, Germany.

After the march-in of the record 273 athletes, 163 men and 110 women, from record 44 countries, which took 20 minutes alone, Dieter Rechenberg, President of the host federation (DBU); Ulf Sjöblom of Sweden, 2nd VP of World Bowling and Tournament Director; and Kevin Dornberger, United States, CEO of World Bowling welcomed the athletes, coaches, officials and guests to the championships for bowlers age 50 and older.

After the players’ oath by Petra Börding and referees’ oath by Gerhard McFadden, Rechenberg declared the championships “are open”.

To watch the ceremonies, click here.

Competition runs from August 15-20. Up to four men and four women per country (players must be 50 years of age or above in the year of the championship) will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, four-player teams, all-events and masters in the seven-day competition.

Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the event commencing Tuesday, August 15, with the singles preliminaries all the way through to the masters finals which will conclude the Championships on Sunday, August 20.

All rounds will be broadcast live on the internet. For schedule information Go to World Bowling’s YouTube Channel by clicking here.

Bowling officially gets underway Aug. 15. Singles, doubles and team events include six games of qualifying before the field is narrowed to the top four who advance to the medal round. The winners of the semi-finals bowl for gold and silver, the losers share the bronze medals.

The top 3 players in all-events (combined scores in singles, doubles and team preliminaries) also earn medals. The top 24 in all-events determine the medalists in masters in best-of-three games single-elimination match play format. The top 8 receive a first-round bye.

In accordance with World Bowling Statutes and Playing Rules Chapter 4.6.2, the 2017 World Senior Championships will be contested on the 41 feet Montreal lane conditioning pattern selected from Bank 2 (formerly “medium”) patterns of the World Bowling bank of patterns.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on World Bowling, click here.

The 4th World Senior Championships will return to Las Vegas in August 2019, this time to the new South Point Bowling Plaza, which is part of the South Point Hotel and Casino.

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World Senior Championships 2017 – Schedule of Events

Local Time is Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Tuesday – August 15, 2017
08:30 – 12:00 Singles – Men (Squad A)
12:00 – 13:00 Lane Maintenance
13:00 – 16:30 Singles – Men (Squad B)
16:30 – 17:30 Lane Maintenance
17:30 – 21:00 Singles – Women (Squad A)

Wednesday – August 16, 2017
08:30 – 12:00 Singles – Women (Squad B)
12:00 – 13:00 Lane Maintenance
12:30 – 13:30 Singles Semi-Finals and Finals – Men & Women
13:30 – 14:30 Lane Maintenance
13:30 Medal Presentation for Singles (Men & Women)
14:30 – 18:00 Doubles – Men (Squad A)

Thursday – August 17, 2017
08:30 – 12:00 Doubles – Men (Squad B)
12:00 – 13:00 Lane Maintenance
13:00 – 16:30 Doubles – Women (Squad A)
16:30 – 17:30 Lane Maintenance
17:30 – 21:00 Doubles – Women (Squad B)

Friday – August 18, 2017
10:00 – 13:00 Team – Men – 1st Block
13:00 – 14:00 Lane Maintenance
14:00 – 17:00 Team – Women – 1st Block
17:00 – 18:00 Lane Maintenance
18:00 – 19:00 Doubles Semi-Finals and Finals – Men & Women
19:00 Medal Presentation for Doubles (Men & Women)

Saturday – August 19, 2017
08:30 – 11:30 Team – Men – 2nd Block
11:30 – 12:30 Lane Maintenance
12:30 – 15:30 Team – Women – 2nd Block
15:30 – 16:00 Lane Maintenance
16:00 – 17:30 Team Semi-Finals and Finals – Men & Women
17:30 Medal Presentation for All Events (Men & Women)
18:00 Medal Presentation for Team (Men & Women)

Sunday – August 20, 2017
08:30 – 10:00 Masters (Round 1) – Men & Women
10:00 – 11:00 Lane Maintenance
11:00 – 12:30 Masters (Round 2) – Men & Women
12:30 – 13:30 Lane Maintenance
13:30 – 15:00 Masters (Round 3) – Men & Women
15:00 – 16:30 Masters (Round 4) – Men & Women
16:30 – 18:00 Masters (Round 5) – Men & Women
18:00 Medal Presentation for Masters (Men & Women)
20:30 Farewell Celebration

Herbert Bickel

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