History

2017

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.

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.

2016

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

2016

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

2016

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.

2016

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

2016

Entries for English Masters 2017 fill inside 26 hours!

2016

Two new awards introduced:

2016

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

2016

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

2016

Inaugural

2016

SMPT introduce Code Of Conduct.

2015

Distinction made between each season

2015

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

2015

Sister website

2015

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

2015

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

2015
2015

SMPT Facebook page becomes the most popular page dedicated to short mat bowls with over 1000

2014

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

2014

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

2014

Irish Open becomes a full ranking event and increases

2014

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

2013

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

2013

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

2013

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

2013

Introduction of videoed draws for all events

2013

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

2013

Development of new bowls mat range with Greengauge, including the new

2013

Major sponsorship deal signed with bowls brand leader Henselite,

2013

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

2013

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

2012

World rankings system introduced.

2012

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.

2012

Introduction of the

2012

Stephen Gale & Phil Mills join the SMPT as partners.

2011

Facebook & Twitter accounts launched.

2011

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.

2011

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

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