October 12, 2017
Please note - there is a change in the starting times that were originally posted on the schedule page for the 50/50 4 Person Team tournament and the 50/50 Doubles. The team event on Saturday starts at 12:00 noon, and the Doubles event starts at 9:00 AM.
October 2, 2017
Congratulations go out to Kenny Calkins III on his impressive win yesterday at Bowlerama in Des Moines!! Thanks to all 81 bowlers who showed up to bowl on what proved to be a difficult pattern. Bowlerama chose to use Kegel's Chichen Itza 40' pattern with a slight modification which added one 2-2 load to the pattern. It took a score of 1617 to cash for the 8 games of qualifying, and a score of 1755 to make the top 5 stepladder finals. As I observed the bowling throughout the day, it was apparent that some pairs transitioned much better than others and the scoring showed that. The finals was a perfect example as the first match on 9 & 10 had Jacob Bedard topping Nick Pate, 181-155 where neither bowler could get lined up. Bedard moved on to face Jason Poli and they both had very good looks on 7 & 8. Bedard left a solid 9 pin late in the match which allowed Poli to step up in the 10th frame with a chance to close out the win if he struck out, however, a solid 9 pin of his own on the 2nd shot in his 10th frame allowed Bedard to step up with a chance to win if he struck on the first two shots of the 10th frame. Bedard crushed the first shot, but his 2nd shot read a bit early and ended up going high to leave a 4-7 so Poli moved on with a 238-234 victory. Poli moved on to meet his good friend Andy Shutt on 5 & 6 in the semifinal match. No hard feelings among friends when Shutt road an early break with a brooklyn strike in the middle of a string to easily top Poli 248-214. This set up the final match between Calkins and Shutt who are also very good friends. The match on 3 & 4 was never really in doubt as Calkins got lined up early and struck at will other than an early mistake which left a split in the 4th frame. The match was over before the 10th frame and in spite of an open in the 10th, Calkins won 231-181. For the win, Calkins picked up the $500.00 1st prize plus $310.00 in the Bet You Win pot. Calkins also won the tier two side pot that is based on the 8 game qualifying total along with the Bet You Win pot for tier two. That optional pot paid $250.00 to win and $180.00 for that Bet You Win pot. A nice total payout for Calkins of $1240.00 on his total entry fee of $107.00. Other bowlers who made the top 10 were Tom Hess in 6th, Ray Wiegand 7th, D.J. Breeden 8th, Roger Taylor Jr. 9th, and Rod Albright 10th.
Thanks to some fine work by Mike Yaw and Bowlerama Lanes, we had a total of $1100.00 in added prize money. The GIBA added in money from the bracket proceeds which allowed us to pay out a total of $4610.00 in the major prize fund. Entry fees of $57.00 times the 81 entries came to a total of $4617.00 and we paid out $1296.00 to Bowlerama for lineage. It was a long day with 6 bowlers on most pairs, but things ran smoothly all day.
Our next event is the annual Big Gun tournament at Totem Bowl in Marshalltown on October 28th. Please note, the tournament will start at 2:00 PM!! We will only have 20 lanes available so the tournament will be limited to the first 60 entries. I already have 24 bowlers on the list so let me know right away if you plan to bowl. Totem Bowl is currently undergoing some major remodeling and has removed 4 lanes as part of that project.
One other item of note, The Iowa Open coming up at May City Bowl in Cedar Rapids on November 19th will be one of only 8 U.S. Open qualifying events. The winner will receive a paid entry into the 2018 U.S. Open. I am working on the flyer for that event and should have all of the details available shortly.
Thanks to all for your support of the GIBA!!
September 13, 2017
The table below contains the squad listings for the Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open. Please double check to make sure you are on a squad that works for you. Also, contact me right away if you are on the list and cannot bowl.
August 1, 2017
Here are the squad listings for the upcoming 11thFrame.com Open. Please let me know if your squad assignment will not work and I will try my best to make changes. We are currently full and I have started a waiting list so let me know right away if you are on this list and can't bowl!!
June 23, 2017
I have been able to verify dates & locations for our 2017-18 GIBA schedule. The schedule page has been updated here. We are extremely fortunate to once again have Ebonite on board as our equipment sponsor for the GIBA.
There are a couple of items I want to mention related to our schedule for this season. We decided to make a slight change to the format of our Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open tournaments. The Saturday qualifying squads will now be 6 games rather than the 7 game block we used in the past. The reason for this change is that we have struggled to get the 2nd and 3rd squads started on time. After visiting with a number of our bowlers, the vast majority felt making this change is our best option going forward. The other change is due to a change of ownership and some remodeling being done at Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo. Fran & Rich Eighme along with Zach Beschorner have purchased Cadillac so they now own Maple Lanes and Cadillac Lanes in Waterloo. They are in the process of remodeling at Cadillac and have rremoved 14 lanes as part of that process. As of this time, our plan is to have Cadillac Lanes still hosting the annual 50/50 team and 50/50 Doubles tournaments. In addition, the schedule currently shows Cadillac Lanes as the host center for the February 2018 Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open. The work on the remodel at Cadillac is moving along this summer, and we are looking forward to taking a Fusion tournament back to Cadillac next season!
One other item I want to mention relates to the Iowa Open at May City Bowl. The USBC has changed the policy on qualifying events for the U.S. Open, and I have sent an application to them asking that our Iowa Open be recognized as a qualifier so the winner can earn a spot in the U.S. Open. As of this date, I have not been notified as to whether USBC has approved my application. If the Iowa Open is not accepted as a qualifier, the winner will be awarded with a paid entry to the USBC Masters instead of the U.S. Open. I did receive confirmation that our format for the Iowa Open is approved so I could apply for the qualifier tournament, but the final determination by USBC has not been made yet.
I look forward to seeing all of you at a GIBA event in the 2017-18 season, and thank you all for the tremendous support you have shown in the past!!