August 24, 2015
I wanted to post a quick update to let everyone know that as of this morning, I have only 9 spots left to fill the Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open coming up on September 12 & 13 at Maple Lanes in Waterloo. We have a great list of sponsors for this tournament including our new equipment sponsor, Ebonite as well as our two title sponsors, Fusion Realtors and Community 1st National Bank. We added two other new sponsors this year, Members Mortgage Services (Rob Roseman out of the Quad Cities), and Logo Infusion. Logo Infusion will be providing a shirt for the winner of the tournament along with added prize money as a sponsor. These tournaments would not be as successful without the great support we have received from the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau over the years. In addition, Budweiser/Bud Light (Fahr Beverage Company) has been with us as a sponsor for every one of the Fusion tournaments. We also receive sponsor dollars from the Kingpin Bar & Grill and Maple Lanes. Please be sure to support all these sponsors because without them, we would not have tournaments like this.
Once again, this tournament will feature live stream coverage of the entire tournament through Mike Flanagan & Insidebowling.com so be sure to tell your friends to tune in during the tournament.
August 24, 2015
Congratulations to Matt McNiel on his victory yesterday in the 11thFrame.com Open. McNiel defeated high qualifier Daron Hansen in the final stepladder match to take home his 2nd title in the three year history of this tournament. The top four qualifiers who made the stepladder finals were Hansen, McNiel, Kyle Sherman, and Shea Bittenbender. Sherman topped Bittenbender in the first match, then McNiel rallied after an early open with a ball change that produced 8 straight strikes as he beat Sherman in the semifinal match. McNiel then carried that momentum over to the final match with the first 5 strikes while Hansen was searching for the right combination, and McNiel was able to lock up the title with his 263 final game.
A full field of 156 bowlers made this a highly successful event. Cherry Lanes donated the lineage, Coors Light, Storm Bowling Products, and the Diamond Jo Casino provided significant added prize money and paid for the live stream coverage from Michigan Bowler.TV. We also had added money from High5 Gear and the GIBA. We took in a total of $23,100 from entry fees (Cherry Lanes received 2 free entries in return for the free lineage), and paid out a total major prize fund of $27,750.00 as well as $750.00 additional prizes to 4 seniors and one female entry who did not cash in the major prize fund.
We will have the results of day 1 qualifying along with the complete 2nd round totals posted here shortly. I will also have the scores and results for the stepladder matches on here soon as well.
A huge thank you goes out to the sponsors, to Jeff Richgels & 11thFrame.com, and to all the bowlers who participated and made this tournament a major success!!
August 16, 2015
Squad assignments for 11thFrame.com Open
9:00 AM 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
August 5, 2015
We are ready to take reservations for the next Fusion Realtors Open coming up September 11-13 at Maple Lanes in Waterloo. There are a couple of changes I want to explain in this note. First of all, we have picked up an additional title sponsor for the two Fusion tournaments. Brandon Steen with Community 1st National Bank has joined forces with Zach Beschorner with Fusion Realtors as the title sponsors. The tournament will now become the Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open. Both Zach and Brandon are GIBA members who have stepped up to help make these events possible. We continue to receive funding from the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau, but each year, that funding has been cut somewhat so new sponsors are crucial to our success. Along those lines, we also picked up another sponsor, Members Mortgage Service, thru Rob Roseman. So get the word out to anyone you know who is looking for mortgage services and have them contact Brandon Steen in the Cedar Valley area or Rob Roseman in the Quad Cities area!!
Of course, we also recently signed an agreement with Ebonite to become our title sponsor for the entire GIBA series of tournaments. This is a major step and Ebonite is committed to helping the GIBA become even more successful.
Another change for the upcoming tournament will impact the practice session on Friday, September 11th. The session will be 2 hours and start at 4:30 PM. In the past, this session has been free, but we are making a change this year by charging a $10.00 fee for the session. However, Maple Lanes is donating the entire amount back to the tournament to be used to help cover the cost of the live stream coverage we will have once again with Mike Flanagan & Insidebowling.com. Also, for those paying the $10.00 practice session charge, each of you will be given a raffle ticket. We will have a total of 7 prizes available for the raffle drawing, a certificate good for a new Ebonite bowling ball, a 3 ball Ebonite roller bag, and 5 $20.00 gift certificates to the King Pin Bar & Grill in Maple Lanes.
Please send me your reservation requests as soon as possible. We had a number of bowlers who did not get spots into the 11thFrame.com Open because they waited too long and it filled with 156 bowlers. The flyer for the upcoming Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open is posted here.
We are also now set up to accept PayPal payments for entry fees. The only way to guarantee your spot is by pre-paying the entry fee.