December 3, 2013
I have been receiving quite a few preliminary inquiries concerning our plans for the Fusion Realtors Open tournament scheduled for February 21-23, 2014. We are still finalizing a few items, but here is the flyer for the February event and I have started taking reservations. Please contact me to reserve your spot, but remember, only a paid entry fee will guarantee your reservation. We have room for 180 bowlers, and I do expect a full field. Once again, we will have more than $8000.00 in added prize money for the major prize fund. In addition, our members who have bowled at least four of our previous tournaments this season will be given the opportunity to bowl for a supplemental prize fund featuring at least $2000.00 in added prize money. Other members who bowl at least three of our previous tournaments can pay an additional entry fee of $75.00 for the chance to also take advantage of the supplemental prize fund. Bowlers with at least four previous tournaments will pay a $20.00 entry fee, and last spring, the supplemental prize fund paid out more than $4000.00 total. Members will still have some good tournament options to bowl prior to the February Fusion Realtors event. We have two January events, The Fort Dodge Ford/Calisesi Chiropractic Open in Fort Dodge features more than $1500.00 in added prize money, and I currently have about 35 spots still open for that tournament scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2014. I am waiting for confirmation on a sponsor for our January 26, 2014 event in Mason City, but last year we had a large field signed up for that Blake Lobdell Memorial tournament before the ice storm caused havoc the morning of that event. I expect a large turnout for that tournament this season.
Another great opportunity to pick up two tournaments in one weekend will be the GIBA Doubles/Triple Elimination weekend in the Quad Cities. Those two tournaments will be held the weekend of February 8 & 9, 2014 with the doubles on Saturday held at Leisure Lanes in Davenport and the Triple Elimination on Sunday at Miller Time Bowl in Davenport. I expect we should have good turnouts for both of those events as well.
One last comment pertaining to the Fusion Realtors Open events. I completed and forwarded the application last week for grant funding to the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau for next year’s tournaments. We need to continue the strong support those events have had in the past in order to help obtain the funding going forward. Thanks to every one of you who have bowled those tournaments in the past, and I sincerely hope you will continue making the trip to Waterloo in the future.
November 18, 2013
Congrats to Don Breeden on his Iowa Open victory. Don was able to hang on to first place by three pins in spite of losing the position round match to Tom Hess who finished in 2nd place. The flat U.S. Open pattern we used played more difficult than ever with the last cash score being -129 and -58 making the top ten round robin finals. Tom Hess managed to average 200.6 for the day as he was the only bowler over a 200 average. Rounding out the top ten finalists were Troy Fuller 3rd, Derek Sapp 4th, Jacob Bedard 5th, Jeff Rausch 6th, Jason Guest 7th, Mike Peters 8th, Matt Smith 9th, and Andy Aries in 10th. We had a number of no shows once again for this tournament with a total of 56 bowlers competing for the title. The results can be viewed here.
We have already received a number of entries for the Fort Dodge Ford/Calisesi Chiropractic tournament coming up on January 11th. If you haven’t reserved your spot for that tournament, please contact me as soon as possible and let me know whether you want the A squad of qualifying at 9:30 AM or the B squad at 2:30 PM. This tournament features $1500.00 in added prize money with a top prize of $1000.00 for a low entry fee. It has filled the past few years so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot. More information can be found The results can be viewed here.
I received word from Rob Aimers indicating their plans to use the Kegel Paris lane pattern for the Revolutions Holiday Scratch Tournament this coming Sunday at Cedar Rapids Bowling Center. Also coming up this weekend is the LaCrosse Open on Saturday in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Both of these events feature patterns other than a ‘house’ shot, and have lots of added prize money. You can view flyers for both tournaments on the front page of our GIBA website as well. December 7 & 8 will feature our big 50/50 Doubles and 4 person Team events. The doubles has been full with 75 paid teams for almost two weeks now, and we have a very good number of 4 person team reservations as well.