October 7, 2015
Congrats to A.J. Chapman on his first GIBA tournament title last Sunday. Chapman used a urethane bowling ball to conquer the 38' Taj Mahal pattern we used for this tournament. The pattern played more difficult than anticipated as it only took a score of 1532 for the 8 games of qualifying to get a check, and a score of 1635 to make the top 5 stepladder finals. We had a field of 79 bowlers and paid a total of 24 places. Chapman won the title match over 2nd high qualifier Kenny Calkins III with Shannon Buchan placing 3rd, Andy Mills 4th, and Jason Poli 5th.
A huge thanks to Mike Yaw and the staff of Bowlerama for lining up $1150.00 in added prize money for this tournament. Chapman won $570.00 for 1st plus $290.00 for the bet you win plus $200.00 for the tier 2 side event plus $140.00 for the tier 2 bet you win as the high qualifier.
Our next tournament is the annual Big Gun tournament at Totem Bowl in Marshalltown. That event will be held on Saturday October 31st with a 4:00 PM starting time. The entry fee is $125.00 and we have a flyer and estimated prize list posted on the GIBA website schedule page at www.giba-bowling.com. The following tournament will be the Iowa Open at May City Bowl in Cedar Rapids on November 15th with a 9:00 AM starting time. The flyer for this tournament is also posted now on the website schedule page. I have also updated the point list for this season on the website after our three tournaments thus far.
I owe all of our members a huge thank you for the tremendous support we have received for our tournaments this season. To date we have had 290 different bowlers who participated in at least one of our tournaments and full fields for the first two events. The tournament at Bowlerama had a full field of reservations, but we did have a few no shows for that one. We have been blessed with many great sponsor as well including our title sponsor Ebonite for this season!!
Let's keep the momentum going for our next tournaments. Contact me if you would like to reserve spots for the Big Gun or the Iowa Open, or you can also reserve your spot by clicking on the link for each tournament on the GIBA website schedule page.
September 29, 2015
Bowlerama tournament info!
We currently have 70 entries with a maximum field of 84. The plan is to use the Taj Mahal pattern which is 38' with a ratio of 3 to 1. The pattern will be modified to add some oil to the front part of the lane to help accommodate our 8 game qualifying block with the entry numbers we anticipate. A special thanks to Mike Yaw, as well as the staff at Bowlerama for their work in raising at least $1000.00 in added prize money for this tournament. Be sure to let me know if you want a spot if you are planning to bowl.
I also want to mention that the 11thFrame.com blog that Jeff Richgels has is now a subscription only service. Jeff has been and will continue to be a strong supporter of our GIBA events and if he generates sufficient income from the subscriptions, he has indicated that he will add prize money to some of our tournaments in the future. The subscription price is just $1.99 per month or $20.00 per year so please consider going online to get your subscription. Jeff provides great coverage for bowling events across the country and the subscription fees will allow him to expand the coverage even more.
One more reminder, the GIBA15 code you can use to get a discount on orders from Logo Infusion is only good through September 30th. They make some great looking jerseys, and they were a sponsor for our Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open earlier this month. Our support using this code will help them make a decision on further sponsorship opportunities.
Thanks to all for your support of the GIBA as we continue our attempts to grow.
September 13, 2015
What a great weekend we enjoyed with 180 bowlers competing in the Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open. Congratulations to Steven Keeler who is the 8th champion of a Fusion event. Keeler defeated Devin Bidwell 220 to 219 in a back and forth title match. The tournament featured a 41 pattern with a 1.98 to 1 ratio and 29.7 mL of volume so the scoring pace was rather low. It took a score of -9 for the 7 games in the first round to make the cut to the casher's round on Sunday morning. The top 60 bowlers made that cut, and we paid out a total prize fund of $30,000.00 which included 2 extra prizes to femaile bowlers out of the major prize fund, and 3 additional prizes to senior bowlers outside the major prize fund. A huge thank you to our sponsors, Fusion Realtors, Community 1st National Bank, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Members Mortgage Services, Logo Infusion, Maple Lanes, King Pin Bar & Grill, Budweiser/Bud Light, and of course, our new season title sponsor, Ebonite!!
Thanks to all the bowlers, sponsors, Maple Lanes, and to Mike Flanagan & Matt Turek with Insidebowling.com for the live stream coverage of our entire event.