The home nations have all held their own Domestic Open Championships over the years but who has been the best performer in this series of events.
The first record of a “British Open” was in 1963 won by Jan Roze but we are unsure of where this was held and if it continued.
The British Open as we know it was created and organised by Jock Caie of AMF and became one of Europe’s premier events attracting bowlers from all around the world. The first event was held at Sheffield in 1983 and was won by Sweden’s Mats Karsson. The first British female winner was Judy Howlett also in 1983 and the first English male winner Kevin Pollard in 1984. The British Open was part of the European Bowling Tour (EBT) for a number of years with Nick Froggatt winning in 2003.
The Scots were next on board with their very first Scottish Open held at Livingston in 1988 won by Scotsman Bruce Pearce.
Although our records are incomplete we know England’s Wayne Greenall won the event six times with Scotland’s Laura Rhoney, England’s Hayley Russell and Katie Jowsey winning three times. Katie the first to win in three consecutive years (06/07/08).
We think the first Welsh Open was held in 1992 but we have no record of where and who won. Our first recorded winners were Pauline Buck and Cliff Dew winning in 1993. England’s Paul Moor and Wayne Greenall tie for most wins with four each and England’s Pauline Buck winning four times in the womens event.
In 1994 the Northern Irish held their very first Open and won by Kenny Donnelly who retained the following year. Our next entry is in 2005 with Stephen O’Conner and Anita Watts winning.
The English Open filled the gap left by the British Open with Paul Moor winning the first event at Nuneaton in 2006. The English Open was also part of the EBT for a while with Stu Williams winning in 2007.
In 2020 the UK Grand Slam was introduced, sponsored by Qubica/AMF, where points were to be awarded to the top players in the 4 Domestic Opens. Prizes were due to be awarded to the top 2 male and female bowlers in an attempt to encourage more players to go to these great events but unfortunately we met COVID this never went ahead.
What do we know about the Grandslam history?
It is true to say there have not been many years in our history where a Grand Slam of more than three events has been possible. They overlap and in the case of British Open, changes to English Open. The British Open starts us off in 1983 and we have to wait until 1988 for the first Scottish Open and in 1992 the Welsh Open. The UK Tenpin Hall of Fame are still sourcing winners from the Northern Ireland Open and some Scottish Open and British Open winners.
England’s Lisa John and Scotland’s Laura Rhoney are the only players currently recorded as winning three of the four Home nation opens in their current form in a career. Lisa having won the English, Scottish and Welsh and Laura the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Opens. Wayne Greenall winning in old form of British Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open.
Kirsten Penny is the only bowler to have won three home opens in a year when the British Open ran by collecting the British Open, Welsh Open and Scottish Open in 2000.
Players winning two home nation opens in a year include
1993 Pauline Buck British and Welsh
2004 Wayne Greenall Scottish and Welsh
2009 Vicki Burbridge English and Welsh
2011 Laura Rhoney Scottish and Welsh
2012 Hayley White Scottish and Welsh
2013 Hayley White Scottish and Welsh
2019 Paul Moor English and Welsh
Winners of Home Opens
|1983||Mats Karlsson||1983||Judy Howlett|
|1984||Kevin Pollard||1984||Shelagh Leonard|
|1985||Dave Taylor||1985||Judy Howlett|
|1986||Gunnar Samuelsson||1986||Tina Darvill|
|1987||Philip Dunne||1987||Jill Owen|
|1988||Teemu Raatkainen||Bruce Pearce||1988||Gina Wardle|
|1989||Larry Shultz||Chris Buck||1989||Hannele Uotila||Jill Sutton|
|1990||Adam Apo||Andy McCraken||1990||Christina Dahlgren|
|1991||Marcel van den Bosch||Geoff Buck||1991||Marianne Haultala|
|1992||Teemu Raatkainen||1992||Pauline Buck|
|1993||Ron Mohr||Richard Hood||Cliff Dew||1993||Pauline Buck||Lynne Terrel||Pauline Buck|
|1994||Chris van Damme||Richard Hood||Kenny Donnelly||Kevin Hills||1994||Gina Wardle||Judy Howlett||Pauline Buck|
|1995||Mats Karlsson||Paul Boyle||Kenny Donnelly||Lol Ellis||1995||Jody Ellis||Susan Campbell||Jan Steiner|
|1996||Goran Carlsson||Ricky Froldi||Paul Delany||1996||Susanne Olsson||Ashley Craven||Jan Hannan|
|1997||Thomas Leandersson||Wayne Greenall||Wayne Greenall||1997||Linda Norry||Gemma Burden|
|1998||Mike Mullin||Ron Oldfield||1998||Paulina Aalto||Gemma Burden|
|1999||Wayne Greenall||Richard Hood||Wayne Greenall||1999||Kirsten Penny||Mel Isaac|
|2000||Gery Verbruggen||Wayne Greenall||2000||Kirsten Penny||Kirsten Penny||Kirsten Penny|
|2001||Phil Scammell||Peter Lenders||2001||Gemma Burden|
|2002||Paul Moor||Steve Thornton||2002||Gemma Burden|
|2003||Nick Froggatt||Wayne Greenall||Dave Parker||2003||Lotte Houbo Pedersen||Lisa John||Kirsten Penny|
|2004||Tim Mack||Wayne Greenall||Wayne Greenall||2004||Jo Harries||Laura Rhoney||Pauline Buck|
|2005||Graham Turner||Stephen O’Conner||Nick Froggatt||2005||Katie Jowsey||Anita Watts||Pauline Buck|
|2006||Paul Moor||Wayne Greenall||Paul Stott||Paul Evans||2006||Katie Jowsey||Laura Rhoney||Vicki Burbridge|
|2007||Stu Williams||Paul Stott||Alan Gibbons||Dom Barrett||2007||Alan Gibbons||Katie Jowsey||Kerena Dykes||Fiona Banks|
|2008||Kirsten Penny||Nick Froggatt||Chris Oates||2008||Kirsten Penny||Debbie Watson||Jemma Smith|
|2009||Vikki Burbridge||Paul Stott||Paul Moor||2009||Vikki Burbridge||Nicki Ainge||Vicki Burbridge|
|2010||Jo Cundy||Ricki Froldi||Matt Chamberlain||2010||Jo Cundy||Laura Rhoney||Laura Rhoney|
|2011||Steve Thornton||Wayne Greenall||Matt Chamberlain||2011||Laura Rhoney||Laura Rhoney|
|2012||Lisa John||Wayne Greenall||Paul Moor||2012||Lisa John||Hayley White||Hayley White|
|2013||John Wells||Steven Gill||Dom Barrett||2013||Danni Hopcroft*||Hayley White||Hayley White|
|2014||Paul Moor||Curtis Hooper||Steve Thornton||2014||Danni Hopcroft*||Hayley Russell||Hayley Rumkee|
|2015||Ray Teece||Alan Keddie||Darren Cundy||2015||Lisa John*||Laura Murphy||Lisa John|
|2016||Steve Thornton||Kenny Jamieson||Paul Moor||2016||Jo Allsebrook*||Ashleigh Gill||Danni Hopcroft|
|2017||Steve Thornton||Steven Gill||Mark Patrick||2017||Tania Yusaf||Jo Allsebrook|
|2018||Adam Michaels||Rob Thurlby||Peter Stevenson||2018||Samantha Hannan*|
|2019||Paul Moor||Steven Gill||Billy Nimick||Paul Moor||2019||Franchesca Plewis*||Debbie Longstaff|
*In events that male and female played together the highest placed male or female has been listed with the combined winner of that year.
Technically speaking, No player has won the four current UK Home Opens in a career and this honor is there to be gained as is the much harder task of winning all FOUR Opens in a single year for a SUPER Grand Slam.
A total of 92 UK players have won a Domestic Open Title, to find out who has won most events and gained most performance ranking points in these events, checkout the attached Ranking list.