Pocket Preview: Australian Open

By Tenpin Bowling Australia
April 14, 2022

The Australian Open (AO) will run for the 46th time this weekend at Zone Bowling Frankston in Victoria as the second open division event for 2022 gets underway.

In one of the more gruelling formats on the calendar, a total of 33 games will be bowled by athletes who progress through all the stages. All bowlers will bowl 16 games in qualifying before the top 24 will complete six games in stage 1 of the finals before eleven match play games are conducted for the top 12.

Three-time event winner and defending champion David Porto will have his hands full with a blockbuster bowler line-up set to attend. Fresh from returning home from the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) season, Sam Cooley and Callum Borck will compete this weekend at an event Sam has won three previous times.

We wish all bowlers the best of luck and high scoring over the Easter weekend.

  • What? Nationally Ranked Event – Open Division – A22/0053
  • Where? Zone Bowling Frankston, Victoria
  • When? 15-17 April 2022
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Click here to view the scores and results as they are entered by the tournament organisers

This is the 46th running of the Australian Open

David Porto is the defending champion after winning in 2021. David became the third bowler to win the event three times alongside Cara Honeychurch and Sam Cooley.

1972Ken Sheehan (Qld)
1973Steve Mackie (NSW)
1974Joe Velo (NSW)
1975Joe Velo (NSW)
1976Vic Bubniw (Vic)
1977Eric Thompson (Vic)
1978Not Contested
1979Not Contested
1980Not Contested
1981Not Contested
1982Ken Watson (NSW)
1983John Sullivan (Vic)
1984Steve Lovell (NSW)
1985Len Hogg (Vic)
1986Steve Lovell (NSW)
1987Len Hogg (Vic)
1988John Sullivan (Vic)
1989Sam Romeo (NSW)
1990Brenton Davy (SA)
1991Mark Ramsay (Qld)
1992Terry Wenban (NSW)
1993Ian Bradford (Vic)
1994Sam Romeo (NSW)
1995Paulo Valdez (Philippines)
1996Carl Bottomley (Qld)
1997Frank Ryan (Vic)
1998Anthony Flynn (Vic)
1999Carl Bottomley (Qld)
2000Matthew Riley (Tas)
2001Cara Honeychurch (Vic)
2002Cara Honeychurch (Vic)
2003Cara Honeychurch (Vic)
2004Brandon Qualischefski (Qld)
2005Michael Little (NSW)
2006David Porto (Vic)
2007George Frilingos (Qld)
2008Matt Riley (NSW)
2009Dominic Barrett (England)
2010Paul Trotter (Vic)
2011Jason Belmonte (NSW)
2012Ben Coupland (NSW)
2013David Porto (Vic)
2014Glen Loader (NSW)
2015Michael Little (NSW)
2016Sam Cooley (NSW)
2017Jarrod Langford (QLD)
2018Sam Cooley (NSW)
2019Sam Cooley (NSW)
2020Not Contested
2021David Porto (Vic)
Australian Open Multiple Winners
Joe Velo (NSW) – 1974 & 1975
John Sullivan (Vic) – 1983 & 1988
Steve Lovell (NSW) – 1984 & 1986
Len Hogg (Vic) – 1985 & 1987
Sam Romeo (NSW) – 1989 & 1994
Carl Bottomley (Qld) – 1996 & 1999
Matt Riley (NSW) – 2000 & 2008
David Porto (Vic) – 2006,2013 and 2021
Cara Honeychurch (Vic) – 2001, 2002 & 2003
Sam Cooley (NSW) – 2016, 2018, 2019
Michael Little (NSW) – 2005, 2015

Flashback – 2017 Champion Jarrod Langford with finalists

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Qualifying Format

All bowlers will bowl 16 games of qualifying in their respective squad (8 games Friday, 8 games Saturday)

Lane change will occur after each 2-game block

Australian Open Finals

At the completion of qualifying, the Top 24 bowlers will advance to Stage 1 finals

Stage 1 Finals

(Pinfall Carries) The top 24 bowlers from qualifying will complete 3 x 2-game blocks Lane change will occur after each 2-game block At the completion of the 6 games, the Top 12 bowlers will advance to Matchplay Finals

Matchplay Finals

(Pinfall Carries) Lanes will be re-oiled before match play commences. The Top 12 bowlers will bowl 11 games of matchplay (2 bowlers to a pair) Lane change will occur after each 1-game matchplay block Bowlers will be awarded 20 bonus pins for a win, 10 for a draw, and zero for a loss.

The bowler with the highest total pinfall (including bonus pins) after completion of matchplay finals will be crowned the “Australian Open Champion 2022

As of 13th April 2022

This is the second open division event for 2022 following the running of the Kegel QLD Open.

All rankings are automatically updated on the current points webpage for eligible participants once the rankings administrator processes the results following the conclusion of a ranked event.

Bowlers wishing to be ranked must be current silver registered members.  Rankings points will only be recorded for bowlers competing in a ranked event if they were current financial silver registered members before bowling their first ball in that ranked event.  Please note that a silver registration consists of a league/junior membership + Silver Upgrade.

The current top ten rankings for the Open Division are (click more to view the full rankings list):

Don’t forget to have your proof of COVID vaccination on you at all times in case required upon entry to the venue.

There are many ways to show your vaccination status, but the easiest way is by getting your COVID-19 Digital Certificate and linking it to your Service Victoria app.

When you check-in to a venue using the Service Victoria App, this will automatically verify your vaccination status if you have linked your COVID-19 Digital Certificate.

Visit how to get your COVID-19 Digital Certificate and link it to the Service Victoria App. You can only do this once you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Other eligible proof of COVID-19 vaccination:

Individuals under the age of 18 years are not required to show proof of their vaccination to enter a venue.


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