Opening day

October 14th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

The ubiquitous Hermann Wimmer from Regensburg, Germany some 100 km from Munich, sets the pace from the opening squad of the 2010 Malta Senior Open at the hospitable Eden SuperBowl in St. Julians, the entertainment capital of this fantastic mid-Mediterranean island.

Being a senior aged 67, Wimmer, champion of many senior events throughout Europe, receives 11 pins per game bonus added to his scratch score of 1253, giving him first place on the leaderboard with 1319, the only score so far over the 1300 mark.

Just four women have taken to the lanes so far and top of the list is Inger Petersson from Sweden with 1064. Sadly, there are only eleven women in this year’s field and as eight go through to Sunday’s round robin just three will fall by the wayside, one of which will be Swede Christine Svaard who has an arm injury and had had to pull out of this year’s tournament.

The format calls for 12 games in two blocks of six with an opportunity to re-enter to change on six-game entry.

The top 24 men after the qualifying round will advance to the second round then the cut to eight for the round robin. From that, the leading four will contest the stepladder final. The same format applies for the women’s field.

Thursday and Friday will see qualifying squads at 09:00, 13:00 and 17:00 and the final rounds will fill Saturday and Sunday.

The second squad of the day Ian Lindsay from England was the strongest challenger to Wimmer but he fell 161 pins short of taking over the lead with 1159. Second on this squad was Paul Gay from the beautiful island of Jersey, 16 pins aback of Lindsay.

So Lindsay slots into fourth place in the overall standings after the first two squads but there is a new leader in the ladies’ division as Finland’s Hennele Uotila, mother of the Finnish international Pasi Uotila, rolled 1089 with previous front-runner Petersson holding second place with 1064.

17:00 will see the final squad of this opening day.

Thursday’s third squad saw action from defending champion Rosario Bellomonte from Palermo, Sicily, and 2008 champion Chris Vandamme from Knokke, Belgium, the only competitor that has won the Malta Open and the Malta Senior Open. The latter within weeks of turning the age of 50.

Fortune favored the Italian as he finished his first six-game block with 246, plus his eleven pin age bonus for a total of 261 and a series 1239, but he did not overtake early tournament leader Wimmer with his lead with 1319. Vandamme  has the high scratch game so far with 257.

Vandamme struggled on what for him was a difficult lane condition and he came home with 1227.

Stig Hermansson from Sweden heads the leaderboard for those who have competed the full qualifying twelve games, posting 2417 as the total for the followers to beat.

There are only three players to have gone the complete course, all Swedes: Hermansson, Christer Svard (2066) and Jan Enquist (2010).

For the demure ladies. Swede Inger Petterson tops the table for twelve games, 18 pins better than second placed Berit Karlsson, the 2002 Malta Senior Open. These are the only two to complete the 12-game stint.

The next squad will be at 09:00 on Friday morning for those of the early-rising kind.

STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 3:

P Name Nat HC 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Scr Ave Tot
1 Stig Hermansson SWE 132 167 211 236 173 239 183 161 148 182 195 240 150 2285 190 2417
2 Christer Svard SWE 120 186 192 200 149 191 175 139 145 132 146 143 148 1946 162 2066
3 Jan Enquist SWE 72 164 165 214 146 140 175 151 147 125 172 157 182 1938 162 2010
4 Hermann Wimmer GER 66 180 173 233 190 223 254 0 0 0 0 0 0 1253 209 1319
5 Rosario Bellomonte ITA 90 188 157 187 167 204 246 0 0 0 0 0 0 1149 192 1239
6 Jurgen Press GER 42 167 245 215 209 200 155 0 0 0 0 0 0 1191 199 1233
7 Chris Vandamme BEL 0 203 174 173 257 238 182 0 0 0 0 0 0 1227 205 1227
8 Brian Wilkins ENG 42 237 192 196 192 195 169 0 0 0 0 0 0 1181 197 1223
9 Terry Richards WAL 42 168 166 222 183 191 193 0 0 0 0 0 0 1123 187 1165
10 Ian Lindsay ENG 60 183 214 170 164 191 177 0 0 0 0 0 0 1099 183 1159
11 Paul Gay JER 36 193 201 188 179 189 157 0 0 0 0 0 0 1107 185 1143
12 Emilio Ruggiero ITA 18 212 178 164 194 171 199 0 0 0 0 0 0 1118 186 1136
13 Brandon Lane ENG 0 133 222 194 170 212 203 0 0 0 0 0 0 1134 189 1134
14 Gunnar Haugen NOR 72 156 151 196 161 194 199 0 0 0 0 0 0 1057 176 1129
15 Bobby Irwin USA 0 237 166 163 182 180 188 0 0 0 0 0 0 1116 186 1116
16 Ron Bryant ENG 42 159 178 199 182 145 193 0 0 0 0 0 0 1056 176 1098
17 Sammy Borg MLT 18 170 181 201 171 171 180 0 0 0 0 0 0 1074 179 1092
18 Rauli Raita FIN 30 201 193 138 169 181 175 0 0 0 0 0 0 1057 176 1087
19 Tim Basher ENG 18 163 179 186 166 217 155 0 0 0 0 0 0 1066 178 1084
20 John Balani MLT 0 180 213 180 157 161 181 0 0 0 0 0 0 1072 179 1072
21 Ignazio Cerami ITA 24 167 157 145 159 209 204 0 0 0 0 0 0 1041 174 1065
22 Roy Swift MLT 90 163 183 128 207 151 142 0 0 0 0 0 0 974 162 1064
23 Tapani Kiviranta FIN 30 168 157 214 152 166 177 0 0 0 0 0 0 1034 172 1064
24 Roger Olofsson SWE 0 158 174 169 165 195 201 0 0 0 0 0 0 1062 177 1062
25 Steve Carnall ENG 0 181 167 171 157 216 168 0 0 0 0 0 0 1060 177 1060
26 Alan Hanafin ENG 0 170 169 177 174 167 200 0 0 0 0 0 0 1057 176 1057
27 Keith Howes ENG 90 152 166 140 149 158 198 0 0 0 0 0 0 963 161 1053
28 David Piper ENG 48 210 137 161 160 160 176 0 0 0 0 0 0 1004 167 1052
29 Tony Paris MLT 0 188 179 159 192 158 172 0 0 0 0 0 0 1048 175 1048
30 Ken Burton ENG 30 155 160 169 185 183 165 0 0 0 0 0 0 1017 170 1047
31 Pat Byrne ENG 18 165 161 178 165 184 170 0 0 0 0 0 0 1023 171 1041
32 Leli Baldacchino MLT 0 189 157 179 196 177 141 0 0 0 0 0 0 1039 173 1039
33 Ray Harrison ENG 42 166 141 188 161 187 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 997 166 1039
34 Michael Mulcahy IRL 90 160 168 145 158 156 157 0 0 0 0 0 0 944 157 1034
35 Magnar Dyrnes NOR 48 176 163 144 164 155 177 0 0 0 0 0 0 979 163 1027
36 Dave Montgomery ENG 36 217 148 146 159 160 154 0 0 0 0 0 0 984 164 1020
37 Ron Griffin ENG 0 135 178 162 171 162 210 0 0 0 0 0 0 1018 170 1018
38 Reg Eccles ENG 36 149 183 147 156 172 174 0 0 0 0 0 0 981 164 1017
39 Giancarlo Tolu MLT 0 189 153 178 169 164 162 0 0 0 0 0 0 1015 169 1015
40 Sebastiano Bellanca ITA 0 145 180 171 156 167 178 0 0 0 0 0 0 997 166 997
41 Alby Bowden ENG 72 164 146 122 127 164 196 0 0 0 0 0 0 919 153 991
42 Ian Horrell SCO 18 137 134 202 163 167 169 0 0 0 0 0 0 972 162 990
43 Fred Podt NED 0 165 155 169 158 171 169 0 0 0 0 0 0 987 165 987
44 Benny Hili MLT 0 137 171 202 139 176 156 0 0 0 0 0 0 981 164 981
45 Roger Hunter ENG 12 155 154 153 212 144 148 0 0 0 0 0 0 966 161 978
46 Francesco Morabito ITA 18 146 171 190 146 145 156 0 0 0 0 0 0 954 159 972
47 Norbert Peelman BEL 0 129 162 165 158 176 163 0 0 0 0 0 0 953 159 953
48 Jeff Platten ENG 0 213 106 157 159 155 147 0 0 0 0 0 0 937 156 937
49 Bill Wadsworth ENG 84 148 146 132 129 138 131 0 0 0 0 0 0 824 137 908
50 Colin Crouch ENG 12 127 166 170 137 120 137 0 0 0 0 0 0 857 143 869
51 Mario Palmisano ITA 0 158 115 133 123 150 161 0 0 0 0 0 0 840 140 840
52 Simon Ferrow JER 66 143 122 111 97 136 114 0 0 0 0 0 0 723 121 789
53 Domenico Incardona ITA 18 103 103 98 116 132 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 662 110 680

WOMEN:

P Name Nat HC 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Scr Ave Tot
1 Inger Petersson SWE 108 152 189 197 184 168 158 141 171 183 169 168 178 2058 172 2166
2 Berit Karlsson SWE 180 188 152 159 209 159 145 173 162 158 154 173 136 1968 164 2148
3 Hannele Uotila FIN 30 169 172 164 160 183 211 0 0 0 0 0 0 1059 177 1089
4 Kaz Barfoot ENG 30 158 171 185 172 157 148 0 0 0 0 0 0 991 165 1021
5 Liz Pond ENG 54 145 167 176 181 133 145 0 0 0 0 0 0 947 158 1001
6 Liz Griffin ENG 12 187 146 154 154 171 176 0 0 0 0 0 0 988 165 1000
7 Lynne Palmer ENG 24 168 136 145 146 194 166 0 0 0 0 0 0 955 159 979
8 Angie Brown ENG 0 174 160 161 163 115 168 0 0 0 0 0 0 941 157 941
9 Josephine Borg MLT 6 116 172 159 160 130 169 0 0 0 0 0 0 906 151 912

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