Irish Open Tenpin Bowling Championships 2014 is now in its 26th year in Leisureplex Stillorgan will commence on the 16th January 2014.
More than 190 bowlers from ten countries are signed up (at time of this announcement) to be part of the event sponsored by Storm Bowling and run by Leisureplex. The prize fund on offer this year is €17,500. Top prize for the men is €4,000, with the ladies competing for €1,600.
For the first time in several years, 9 squads (all are available for re entry- subject to availability) will run from Wednesday evening (8.15pm) through Friday night, giving bowlers plenty of opportunity to play as many squads as they wish in an attempt to gain the best possible qualifying (6 game) position.
Bowlers who book into early squads (one to five) are rewarded with the chance to qualify directly into round three, with the top six men and the top lady from these collective squads getting a bye. Also, the top six men and top two ladies from the overall standings after qualifying will move directly into round four.
Once all qualifying squads have been completed, 72 men and 18 women will qualify for round two. This year also sees the return of the desperado squad, a one-game shootout round in which the top two men and top lady qualify for round three.
Round two will see pinfall carried forward for a further four games. After this the top 36 men and top 12 women will qualify for round three, where they will join qualifiers from the other avenues mentioned above.
In round three, pinfall returns to scratch. Men will bowl six games and the top 30 will qualify for round four. These 30 will then join the top six from original qualifying and play another six games, with the top 16 qualifying for the new matchplay phase of the tournament.
The matchplay section is a new move by the tournament organisers and will surely make for an exciting form of bowling for both spectators and competitors. The top 16 play matches over two games, with total pinfall determining the eight qualifiers for the quarter-final matchplay. This will continue again for the top eight to determine the semi-finalists and ultimately the finalists. The final will then be played over a three-game match, the best of three games deciding the winner of the 2014 Irish Open.
On the ladies side, the matchplay will also start at the last-sixteen stage, which for them will be round three. The top 12 from round two will join the four bowlers from round one qualifying and play the same format of matchplay as the men from this point. Again the final will be played over three games in the best-of-three games format.
The first of the games get under way on Wednesday 15th January at 20.15pm with the tournament culminating with the grand finals at 3.00pm on Sunday 19th January.
Further information is available from Seán Kennedy on 086 824 8222 or Leisureplex Stillorgan 01 288 1656. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.