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Bowling: Local tourneys abundant over the next month

Updated: September 17, 2013 11:24PM



The Northwest Indiana Junior Touring Players Association (NWIJTPA) scholarship tour will begin its third season at 10 a.m. Oct. 6 at Hobart Lanes with the first event sponsored by Holzenballz Pro Shop. The entry fee is $35 for NWIJTPA members, $40 for non-members. Membership options and entry forms can be found at www.ihsbsuburban.com. The tour distributed $8,000 in scholarship money last season, and the goal is to award even more this year.

Stardust II league needs bowlers: The Friday Stars League at Stardust II in Hobart needs one male and one female bowler to fill teams. For details, call the center at 942-0432 or email at stardust2@bowlstardust.com.

King of the Hill returns: Stardust III’s popular King of the Hill returns for its fall series at 10:45 p.m. on Friday. The first oil pattern will be the 39-foot Great Barrier Reef. The three-game sweeper is open to all bowlers with youths earning scholarship money. There will be bonus prizes for the top points leaders at the end of seven weeks. For more details, call 322-3666 or visit www.bowlstardust.com/KingoftheHillFall3.htm.

Post-Tribune/IGrind Sport Shot Classic: Like last year, part of that fall King of the Hill series at Stardust III is the Post-Tribune Fall Sport Shot Classic presented by IGrind Bowling, the new bowling apparel/accessory/ball company owned by three local bowlers. It will take place at 10 a.m. (sign-ups at 9 a.m.) on Oct. 27 with an entry fee of $35 if registered before the day of the tourney ($45 for walk-ins).

The format has changed a little with five games of qualifying now (yes, that means you’re getting your money’s worth) in three different divisions. That part hasn’t changed since this is the only sport shot tourney in the region with separate divisions and separate prize funds for men, women and youth. There will also be optional sidepots for adults and youth separately, and new IGrind accessories and equipment will be raffled off with proceeds going toward Autism Awareness. In addition to promoting the sport of bowling, IGrind and its owners want to make a difference by raising money for worthy causes. For more details on the tourney, call Shaun at 322-3666 or myself at 314-3797.

Lakeshore Association Masters/Queens: The weekend before the P-T Sport Shot Classic will be the Lakeshore Bowling Association Masters and Queens tournament at 10 a.m. on Oct. 20 at Ray’s Lanes in Lake Station. The event is open to men and women who are Lakeshore Association members only at an entry fee of $60. Deadline for pre-registration is Oct. 6 — only cash entries are accepted after that date. Since it is a Masters/Queens event, like the state and national Masters/Queens, there is a dress code: Collared or mock style shirts (per USBC approval); only skirts, slacks, pants will be allowed. No crew neck T-shirts, shorts, spandex or denim apparel of any color be worn. No hats will be allowed except for medical reason. For more details or to sign up, contact tournament manager Ken Laviolette at 763-2034 or kdlcsl89@hotmail.com.

Bowling league scores: See those local league scores on posttrib.suntimes.com/sports and in the Post-Tribune every Wednesday? The protocol and format for getting the scores from your center published hasn’t changed over the decades upon decades they’ve been published, except for the fact that modern conveniences (such as the Internet) make it easier to get them to us. So why are some centers not listed, you ask?

Well, because they aren’t sending them. I won’t mention any center names specifically, but one in Michigan City isn’t sending anything at all, and the other only has one league submitting scores. There’s a center in Valparaiso that has stopped sending them after being hit or miss last season, and another in Crown Point that hasn’t responded to an email asking them to send scores.

If you don’t see the scores from your league being published, ask your center if the scores are being sent to the Post-Tribune, and then have them contact me at 314-3797 or sgorches@post-trib.com. We may have limited space in the newspaper to publish scores, but every center I receive is listed and every score is posted on the web.



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