Bowling: Get ready for a new region Triples Classic
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent September 4, 2012 11:30PM
Updated: October 6, 2012 1:58PM
After competing for the past seven years in a successfully-run Triples Tournament in the Hobart area, local bowler Mike Skowronski decided it was time to pattern a tournament that would unite Illinois and Northwest Indiana Regions in a centralized location.
That decision resulted in the formation of the inaugural Illiana Triples Classic, starting this Sunday and hosted by Lan-Oak Lanes in Lansing (Ill.), Lynwood Bowl (Ill.) and Stardust III in Dyer.
The tournament, which will run each Sunday through Nov. 18 (with Sept. 23 as the exception since that’s when the second Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic will take place at Stardust III), will feature teams of three bowlers. Those teams can feature all men, all women or mixed. Three games will bowled at each house each Sunday.
There will be a scratch and handicap division — with the best cumulative score being applied. But teams can only win in one division with $1,500 being awarded for the top score in each group (based on 120 teams). That’s the only exception, however, because the event is open to all bowlers — even members of the Professional Bowlers Association.
“My main objective is that I’m looking to reach the South Suburbs of Illinois, as well North Suburbs to join with the bowlers from Northwest Indiana,” Skowronski said. “But it’s great to have a tournament at the border of the two states and will hopefully draw a wide demographic of bowlers. I don’t want to leave any bowlers out.
“The triples tournament in Hobart is later in the winter, and I don’t want to knock that tournament in any way because it reaches into the deep Northwest Indiana region. It’s a great tournament and I definitely drew some inspiration from it in the developing of the Illiana Triples Classic.”
The team entry fee is $165 ($55 per bowler), and there is a 16-team maximum for each Sunday. Individual scores will also be broken down into men’s and women’s divisions for handicap and scratch, with a $150 prize for first and $75 for second.
In addition, optional sidepots, survival and brackets will be held at each of the three centers, which Skowronski knows will draw some of the finest bowlers in the area and make for some spirited competition in the midst of the team event.
“This will be a competitive and lucrative tournament,” Skowronski said. “And the sidepots, survival and brackets are sure to draw all the high-caliber bowlers like Bob Kammer Jr., John Riffle, Kenny Parks ... The list goes on and on.”
Skowronski said that the team’s cumulative nine-game score will be applied to whichever division the score is highest — meaning that teams don’t have to specify whether they want to bowl scratch or handicap.
“Whatever score is the highest will be applied to scratch or handicap,” he said.
The tournament starts at 9 a.m. each Sunday at Lan-Oak, continues at Lynwood and concludes at Stardust III.
“Dale (Genovese, owner of Lan-Oak), Bob (Carlson, manager of Lynwood) and Shaun (Ciesleski, general manager at Stardust III) have done a great job promoting the tourney,” he said. “It’s only about five to seven minutes drive between the houses. We would, ideally, like to average 10 to 12 teams per squad. I’d be happy with that for the first year.”