Bowling: Tournaments heat up region in January
By Steve T. Gorches 713-2485 or email@example.com December 17, 2013 10:28PM
Updated: January 19, 2014 12:18PM
The Christmas season means one thing for bowlers.
No, I’m not talking about bowling balls wrapped under the Christmas tree like in the movie “A Christmas Story.”
It’s tournament time, at least very soon. The Christmas and New Year’s hangover will turn into tourney frenzy quickly in January. First up will be the fifth Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic (third in the winter) at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer. The Fall Sport Shot Classic (SSC) had a better turnout than last fall’s event, and in this day and age of bowling, any increase in a tournament is good. So here’s hoping the one on Jan. 12 will be more of the same.
For those who don’t know, the SSC has three divisions — men, women and youth — with an entry fee of $35 (if pre-registered), plus optional sidepots. The format is five games of qualifying, cut to the top 24 men, top 16 youth and top eight women for bracket-style finals. First place in each division will pay $500, based on 80 entries, plus a free entry into the annual Post-Tribune Awards Tournament in May.
As for the oil pattern, you’ll have to wait until the Wednesday before the tourney. But I can give a hint. October’s SSC had 50 feet of heavy oil between the 10 boards, and absolutely nothing on the outsides. Think that sounds easy? It wasn’t, with less than one-third the field averaging 200 or more. January’s lane condition will be similar, with a twist or two.
For more details, visit bowlstardust.com/PTSportShotClassic.htm or call 322-3666.
Greater Calumet senior tourney: The eighth annual Greater Calumet Area Bowling Association Senior singles tournament will also take place in January at Set Em Up Lanes in Griffith. Squads will be on Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at a cost of $30 per entry for men and women. The format is four games with the best three counting in the handicap event.
There are four divisions based on age and average. Bowlers 50-59 averaging 210 or less have their own division, while those 50-59 averaging 211 or more make up another. There are two divisions for those 60 and older — one for those averaging 201 or more and another for those at 200 or less.
For more details or an entry form, visit greatercalumet.com or call 923-7240.
New King of the Hill: One week after the P-T SSC on Jan. 19 will be a special edition of King of the Hill at Stardust III. This one will be a strike shot format with unique scoring. Bowlers will only throw one shot per frame with pin count doubling as long as the head pin is hit. In other words, a strike is worth 20 points, 9-count worth 18, but if you miss the head pin, you only get the six or seven or eight pins you knocked down.
For more details, visit bowlstardust.com or call 322-3666.
Breakfast is back at Snow Bowl: The 18th annual Snow Bowl 9-pin no-tap tourney will take place at 10 p.m. Jan. 11, and the famous after-bowling breakfast is back. The entry fee is $25 if received by Jan. 4 ($30 after that date) and the event is open to men and women, 18 years and older. Handicap is based on 100 percent of a 215 average, with a 1-in-15 ratio prize payout.
For more details or to submit an entry, contact tournament manager Ken Laviolette at 763-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LakeShore Association tournament: The annual George Ostoich Memorial LakeShore Association tourney will take place on three weekends — Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Feb. 8-9 at two centers. Team event will be at Cressmoor Lanes in Hobart, while singles and doubles will be at Stardust II in Hobart. The entry fee is $30 per event, plus an optional $5 for all-events, and is open at any LakeShore Association member who has bowled at least 15 games in a league this season, or 21 games last season in a LakeShore league.
There will be prize funds and awards for scratch and pins-over-average divisions. For more details, contact tournament manager Ken Laviolette at 763-2034 or email@example.com.