Monday, March 30, 2009

Alcaide wins 2009 Italy Open

David Alcaide from Spain won the 2009 Italy Open for his first ever Euro Tour title.

In the final Alcaide defeated Germany's all-time Euro Tour leader Ralf Souquet 9-5. The victory was worth €5000 with Souquet getting €3300 for second place.

The semi-finals saw Alcaide trounce England's Craig Osborne 9-2 and Souquet scrape past countryman Marko Vogel 9-4.

Alcaide's previous best on the Euro Tour were three semi-final spots. It was Spain's second win with Samir Kaddur winning the 2004 Denmark Open. This was Souquet's 25th final, of which he has won a Tour-leading 15 times. The German legend is on a terrific run. His last six finishes is 5th, 1st, 1st, 5th, 3rd and 2nd.

Defending champion Darren Appleton (England) lost 9-6 to Mateusz Sniegocki (Poland) in the last 32.

The win took Alcaide from 15th to fourth in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Souquet improved from second to first. Former leader Niels Feijen (Netherlands) dropped to second after a disappointing 9th place and Nick van den Berg (Netherlands) stayed in third.

The tournament was played 26-28 March at the Holiday Inn, Castel Volturno, Italy. It was the second event of seven on the 2009 Euro Tour. Next up is the German Open which runs from May 21-23 2009. It will be the 99th event on the Euro Tour but the first with 10-ball.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Jasper tops 2009 AGIPI Billiard Masters

Dick Jaspers from Netherlands won the 2009 AGIPI Billiard Masters.

In a high-quality final world No.1 Jaspers defeated defending champion Torbjörn Blomdahl (Sweden) 50-39. Blomdahl went out in front early helped by a run of 11, but Jaspers rebounded with some excellent play. His final average was 2.63 compared to Blomdahl's 2.05.

Belgians Frédéric Caudron and Roland Forthomme tied for third.

This win must have been extra sweet for Jaspers as he lost to 50-26 to Blomdahl in the final of last year's first running of the event.

Including bonuses Jaspers earned €20.550 for the victory. Blomdahl took home €14.450.

Players earned bonuses for runs of 10 or more and games won in 25 innings or less. Prizes were also awarded to the three players with highest general averages.

Jaspers had the highest run of the tournament with a 20 in the qualifying rounds. Caudron's 15 was the highest in the final stages. Kyung-Roul Kim had the highest general average of 2.043. Of those reaching the final stages Jaspers' 1.954 topped the list. Eddy Merckx from Belgium won two matches in only 17 innings, resulting in the highest special average of 2.94.

The event's final stage took place 12-15 March 2009 at the AGIPI Auditorum, Schiltigheim, France and was televised live on Eurosport.

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Monday, March 09, 2009

Sweden grabs ninth world three cushion team championship

2009 World Team Three Cushion ChampionshipFor the fifth time in a row and ninth overall Sweden won the World Team Three Cushion Championship.

The winning team once again consisted of Torbjörn Blomdahl and Michael Nilsson. In the final they won 2-0 over Belgium (Eddy Merckx and Roland Forthomme).

Germany and South Korea tied for third place in an event with teams from 18 countries.

Blomdahl has played on all the nine winning teams. Nilsson has "only" seven golds.

Sweden had a perfect 10-0 record in the event. They also had the highest general average of 1.769.

Of all the players Blomdahl had the highest general average of 1.969. He also had a 3.333 to top the single game averages. Belgium's Roland Forthomme had the highest run with 14.

The tournament was played 5-8 March at Festhalle Viersen in Viersen, Germany.

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