Positive response of the Dutch Open Masters 2017
A large group of players from Wales, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Italy arrived on Thursday 16 November, totalling 52 players for the Dutch Open Masters. Also players from Croatia and even one from India!
After the edition of 2016, there was a positive advertisement for the city of Rotterdam in the Masters. The number of players, 52 instead of the desired 80 had two big possible causes: The Belgian Masters was only 2 weeks earlier, and at the same time of the Dutch Masters there was a big tournament in Germany. Unless the fewer participants we were keen to still make it a great event.
Let’s talk more about the tournament itself. It was amazing, and approved by the players. Good ambiance, good atmosphere, great competitions, and a flawless organization. Last year’s edition didn’t had a social event. We improved and wanted to make sure everybody got familiar with one of the biggest harbor’s in the world, Rotterdam. On Saturday evening we organized a nice dinner on the Berenboot (a canal boat) sailing through the Rotterdam harbor. With food, drinks and with a breathtaking view the social event was one of the highlights of the tournament.
The Dutch contribution to the tournament was great and successful and where though to beat. So, there were first places for Karin Thiel (W45 ), Stephen Cooke (M35 ), Roland Monsma (M55 ) and Ad Heskes (M60 ). Titia Posdijk (W45 ), Ronald Permentier (M50 ) and Robert Jan Anjema (M60 ) took a the second places in their categories. As last, there were also four third places for Alex Kramer (M45), Nico Gerritsen (M50), Felix Barenholz (M55) and Marc Veldkamp (M60).
A special note to Natasja Radzyminski who organized a fundraise for Sunshine for Sumner. For an extra amount the players where able to print their name on the tournament t-shirt. All the revenue would to Sumner Malik who needs all the extra’s in his battle against DIPG braincancer. We were proud to announce that Natasja managed to raise 500 euros which has been donated to www.sunshine4summer.com. Well done Natasja!
Without losing a single game Stephen Cooke proved his status as he was ranked number one. In the final he played against Dave de Beule from Belgium who managed to win the Dutch Open Masters 2016. For place 3-4 Yasser Fayez pulled out and Amitpal Kohli from India became third.
Daniel Oeschger from Switserland managed to surprise the organization and win the tournament. Last edition Daniel became second this year he was a true winner with his amazing score of 12 games to 1. Andreas Fritschi became second and Alex Kramer from the Netherlands became third.
Guillaume Lahourcade had a solid tournament. The only one who Guillaume had a tough game against was Ronald Permentier in the final. Still Guillaume managed to win in thee. Nico Gerritsen became third after winning from Marko Kruse 3/2.
After the poule stage there were 4 players left. Roland Monsma, Sergio Orduna, Felix Barenholz and Mark Taylor. Felix and Sergio played against eachother for place 3 after their loss in the semi final. Felix lost the first game but then managed to win the three after 3-1. The final between Roland and Mark had a tough battle! Mark took the lead 2-0, 11-8 and 11-4. But suddenly the game changed and Roland managed to win the next three games 11-8, 11-9 and 11-6 and became the Men 55+ champion.
The mens 60+ was an all dutch stage. In the final between Ad Heskes and Robert Jan Anjema, Ad managed to keep his quick game into the play and won 3-2. Marc Veldkamp played against number 1 seed Roland Walser for place three and completed a Dutch 1,2,3 by winning 3-1.
In the only women category we had 6 participants. With some nice games Karin Thiel was the strongest women of the playing field. Titia Posdijk became second and Beatrice Walser from Switserland became third.
The Dutch contribution to the tournament was great and successful and where though to beat. With first places for Karin Thiel (W45 ), Stephen Cooke (M35 ), Roland Monsma (M55 ) and Ad Heskes (M60 ). Titia Posdijk (W45 ), Ronald Permentier (M50 ) and Robert Jan Anjema (M60 ) took a the second places in their categories. As last, there were also four third places for Alex Kramer (M45), Nico Gerritsen (M50), Felix Barenholz (M55) and Marc Veldkamp (M60).
We are looking forward to the next editions and want to thank all the participants for their enthusiasm! See you next time!