Udo Rathje and Gaby Rahmlow win Senior German Championship
15 Jul 2013 at 10:26 | Published by: mindthegap | Views: 6970 | News search
Alice Kobisch during the team play-off (Photo by Willi Hettrich)
The Senior's German Championship took place in Bensheim-Auerbach, located between Darmstadt and Heidelberg in the federal state Hessen in the middle of Germany, from the 3rd to 6th of July. But, to be honest, the competition could only be run from the 4th to 6th of July. The weather God must have thought that the seniors are waterproof after the very rainy championship last year and poured lots of water over Germany on Wednesday, the 3rd. The competition could even not be started on the first day, so the start was postponed to the 2nd day. But then the weather was very nice and there were no further interruptions.
4 combination rounds were played on the Concrete and Eternit courses by the teams. Another combination round was played by the individual players to decide the strokeplay champions. On the last day the matchplay competition completed the championship.
Apparently it was a very diffcult und challenging eternit course. Some players, including the winner Udo Rathje, had a better average on concrete than on eternit.
The male senior's category (men older than 45) was won by Udo Rathje from Hamburg-Niendorf with 241 (average concrete 24.0, eternit 24.2) in front of Axel Szablikowski from Mainz with 249 (average concrete 24.8, eternit 25.0). Robert Kullick from Berlin-Tempelhof came 3rd with 250 (average concrete 26.4, eternit 23.6). Last year's champion Konrad Jahr from Göttingen didn't play.
Jörg Rainer Kindt from Bad Kreuznach won the male senior's II category (that of the elderly seniors aged above 58) with 257 (average concrete 26.0, eternit 25.4) in front of Bernhard Kreutter from Waldshut with 258 (average concrete 26.8, eternit 24.8). Jörn Osnabrügge from Mannheim reached the 3rd place with 261 (average concrete 28.6, eternit 23.6).
Gaby Rahmlow from Hamburg-Lurup won the female senior's category as so often in the last years with 249 (average concrete 25.8, eternit 24.0). Alice Kobisch from Mainz reached the 2nd place with 253 (average concrete 25.6, eternit 25.0) ahead of Silvia Haller from Olching with 263 (average concrete 26.8, eternit 25.8). Last year's champion Andrea Reinicke from Cuxhaven ended up on the 4th place.
Maria Spieleder from Neutraubling won the female senior's II category with 278 in front of Brunhilde Rahmlow from Hamburg-Lurup with 297 followed by Gabriele Schröder from Berlin (BMS) with 309.
There was a hard fight for the team champion this year. Last year's winner, the team from Berlin-Tempelhof (TMV), started very well and took the lead. In the 4th round they lost the lead to the team of Mainz I. But there was another competitor, the 2nd team from Mainz, who caught up to their club mates shot by shot. In the 7th round they equalized with their 1st team. Both Mainz teams played the same team round in the last round, so it needed a team play-off to decide the winner. Mainz I won the play-off and is the new senior's team champion with a total of 613 (average 25.5). Last year's champion from Berlin-Tempelhof (TMV) kept the 3rd place with 618 (average 25.8), only 5 shots behind the Mainz's teams.
The matchplay competition was played on 9 lanes on concrete and eternit respectively.
The best 32 men of the senior's category after 8 rounds qualified for the matchplay. This category again showed that matchplay is completely different to strokeplay and has its own rules. None of the first five after strokeplay even reached the quarter-final. The strokeplay winner, Udo Rathje, lost his 2nd match against Roman Kobisch from Mainz who then reached the final. Johan Pscherer from Olching reached the semi-final against Hans-Rolf Wageck from Ludwigshafen, lost it and ended up on the 3rd place. So the final was Roman Kobisch versus Hans-Rolf Wageck, won by Roman. Roman Kobisch, 7th after strokeplay, is the new senior's matchplay champion.
The best 16 men of the senior's II category after 8 rounds qualified for the matchplay. As in the senior's category it was a fall of favourites in this category as well. The favourites after strokeplay failed quite early. The 2nd of strokeplay, Bernhard Kreutter, lost his 1st match against Egon Schacke from Berlin who then reached the semi-final, lost it and ended up on the 3rd place. Jörn Osnabrügge, 3rd after strokeplay, faced the same destiny and lost his 1st match. His opponent, Willy Hettrich from Castrop, lost the next match, the quarter-final, against his club mate Udo Sternemann, who then reached the final. Jörg Rainer Kindt, the strokeplay winner, lost the quarter-final against Karl-Heinz Gerwert from Waldshut who then reached the final. So the final was Karl-Heinz Gerwert, 4th after strokeplay, versus Udo Sternemann. Karl-Heinz Gerwert won and is the new senior's II matchplay champion.
As in the senior's II category the best 16 ladies of the female senior's category after 8 rounds qualified for the matchplay. Gaby Rahmlow won all her matches and reached the final. The 3rd of strokeplay, Silvia Haller, lost against Gaby Rahmlow in the quarter-final. Alice Kobisch had no problems to win her matches and easily reached the final. She even could beat last year's strokeplay champion Andrea Reinicke in the semi-final with 4 : 1. The final between Gaby and Alice was harder then. Gaby could win with 6 : 5 and is the new senior's II matchplay champion. Andrea won the match for the 3rd place.
The female senior's II category was won by Maria Spieleder who won against Gabriele Schröder. Brunhilde Rahmlow won the match for the 3rd place.
Links to results, reports and photos, all in German language:
»Website of the organizer
»Report by Heiner Sprengkamp (DMV)
»Photo gallery by Willi Hettrich
»Photos of the 1st day
»Photos of the 2nd day
»Photos of the 3rd day
»Photos of the final day