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Bowling: Here comes more Sport Shot Classic weirdness

Updated: February 3, 2014 3:52PM



Are you ready for another weird oil pattern from my mad scientist bowling mind? That’s what’s on the horizon as the fifth Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic (third in the winter) approaches on Jan. 12 at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer.

Last fall, the lane condition was heavy oil between the 10 boards down to 50 feet, and zero oil outside of 10 on each side, producing a ratio of 1-to-infinity. It sounds easy, but only one-third of all entrants averaged better than 200, and the majority of those were barely above that mark, showing that it was a successful choice.

So what shot is up next? You’ll have to wait until next week, but I promise it will be unusual.

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.

For more details, visit bowlstardust.com/PTSportShotClassic.htm or call 322-3666.

Snow Bowl at Stardust II: 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 Saturday ($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 kdlcsl89@hotmail.com.

PBA Hall of Famer meet and greet: Olympia Lanes in Hammond will have a special event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday when Professional Bowlers Association and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III will be holding a free meet and greet — and bowl since participants will get the chance to bowl with the legend. Bohn has 33 career PBA titles and 88 career 300 games. For more details, call 933-6677.

Annual Valentine’s No-Tap: Camelot Bowl in Portage will host its annual Valentine’s Day No-Tap tournament on Feb. 16. Bowling will start at 1 p.m., with sign-ups at noon. The cost is $25 per bowler and the event is USBC sanctioned. For more details, call 762-8558.

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 kdlcsl89@hotmail.com.

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 you hit the head pin. 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.



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