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Bowling News USA - January 21, 2013 Foley, Giles March To Victory at Storm Irish Open...

Barry Foley of the host country Ireland and Zara Giles of England remained undefeated in the match play finals over two games total pinfall en route to capture the men's and women's title of the 25th Storm Irish Open Tenpin Bowling Championships Sunday at Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland. 

Foley, who rolled the first of total four 300 games in qualifying, outlasted Norwegian Robin Nordas Grindvik, 459-342, to win the men's title and the 3.000 Euro top prize. In the semifinals, Foley topped Stephen Gill of Scotland, 466-443, while Gridvik eliminated his compatriot, former World and European champion, Tore Torgersen, 429-374. 

Grindvik received 1.900 Euro for second place, Gill took 1.300 Euro for third place and Torgersen received 1.000 Euro for fourth place. 

On the women's side, multiple World and European champion Giles defeated Hannah Cullen of Ireland, 456-423, to claim the women's title and 1.000 Euro. 

In the semis, Giles sidelined Dymphna Kestell of Ireland, 418-366, while Cullen took care of her fellow countrywoman Aimee Kellegher, 382-360.

Cullen, who finished second for the third consecutive year, received 500 Euro, while Kestell and Kellegher pocketed 400 and 300 Euro for third and fourth place, respectively. 

The 25th edition of the Irish Open, which drew 149 players, 124 men and 25 women, from 12 countries, kicked off the 50th Anniversary Year of the Irish Tenpin Bowling Association (ITBA) in Stillorgan Bowl, the center that started bowling in Ireland.


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