The Short Mat Players Tour is founded by Craig Burgess & Simon Pridham.

48 players participate in our first ever event, the inaugural English Masters. It is played at the Wey Valley IBC in Guildford, England and is won by Jonathan Payne of Belgium.

Facebook & Twitter accounts launched.


Stephen Gale & Phil Mills join the SMPT as partners.

Introduction of the ‘Masters Singles Series’. This series consists of 5 open events staged in 4 different countries with the results from each event forming part of an overarching ‘Order of Merit’.

Each event follows a standardised format, comprising large groups of six players who all qualify for a three tiered Cup, Plate & Shield knock out competition.

World rankings system introduced.


Short Mat Players Tour Ltd becomes a registered company, limited by guarantee.

SMPT locates to a new home venue, Bromsgrove IBC in England.

Major sponsorship deal signed with bowls brand leader Henselite,

Development of new bowls mat range with Greengauge, including the new ‘Tour Mat’ used at all home events.

Online entry system complete with electronic payment process is introduced for competitions in the 2013/14 season.

Introduction of videoed draws for all events – beginning with the World Masters. Streamed draws are posted on our website, YouTube & social network pages.

World Masters becomes the first major event to be played on a Sunday in Northern Ireland.

New singles event introduced into the calendar, the Irish Open.

Inaugural World Pairs Masters is won by Jal Richardson & William Morrison from Ireland.


A record 14 countries are represented at the season opening UK Open.

Irish Open becomes a full ranking event and increases ‘Masters Series’ to 6 events.

World Masters becomes the largest two day singles event ever staged in the sport, with 252 participants.

Maiden World Fours Masters is won by Lisa Douglas, Andrew Morrison, William Morrison & Jal Richardson from Ireland.


SMPT Facebook page becomes the most popular page dedicated to short mat bowls with over 1000 ‘likes’.

‘Show Mat’ concept introduced at World Ranking Events.

Skien in Norway confirmed as venue for the 2016 Norwegian Open, which replaces the European Masters.

First Cyprus Grand Prix, comprising of Open Pairs, Masters Singles and Matchplay Pairs events, is staged at the Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos.

Sister website www.worldshortmatbowls.com launched to supplement coverage of the first World Cup of short mat bowls.

Irish Open Final becomes the first game to be filmed (with commentary) and made available to view via the SMPT YouTube channel.

Distinction made between each season’s ‘Order of Merit’ and the ‘World Rankings’ which will reflect performances over a rolling 12 event period.


SMPT introduce Code Of Conduct.

Inaugural ‘SMPT Charity Weekend’ in aid of The Rowans Hospice and The British Heart Foundation raises over £2700.

SMPT agree new home venue for 2017-18 season. The move to Falcon IBC will help accommodate the Tour’s continued growth.

New Player Stats website launched: stats.shortmatplayerstour.com. A comprehensive database including all results for every player at all world ranking events.

Two new awards introduced: ‘Players’ Player Of the Season’ (won by Joel Hager) and ‘Young Player of The Season’ (won by Sibe Laureys).

Entries for English Masters 2017 fill inside 26 hours!

SMPT unveil new shirt designs, available through Bowls Trader, Clothing Retail Partner and World Cup sponsor.

Event coverage via the Live Feed extends to include recorded player interviews. Facebook Live used to stream live footage of games at the Irish Open.

SMPT agrees sponsorship deal with market leader and innovator, Taylor Bowls.

The Potters Grand Prix, a new SMPT event at the home of bowls, is planned for July 2017.


SMPT announce a change to the world ranking events schedule as the British Open, to be staged in York, replaces the Swedish Masters for the 2017-18 season.

TSR Legal Welsh Grand Prix becomes the first SMPT event to be staged in Wales, the seventh country to host the SMPT. The sell-out weekend comprises 2 separate one day events, with a two bowl pairs competition and a three bowl pairs tournament.


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