November 24, 2014
Congratulations to Shannon Buchan on his victory in the Iowa Open on November 16th. Shannon was tied with Jason Poli for the lead through the first 8 games of our ten bowler round robin finals before winning his final two matches to pull away for the title. We had a great field of 70 bowlers who tested their games on the flat U.S. Open pattern including many young bowlers. Two of the younger players, Cody Brandau and Zach Fries made the finals cut and finished 3rd and 4th respectively. The complete results can be viewed here.
We are coming up on a very busy period for scratch bowlers here in the Midwest. This coming Sunday is the Revolutions Pro Shop Holiday Scratch tournament at CRBC in Cedar Rapids. There is a link to the flyer for that tournament along the right side of the this page. January brings two very big GIBA tournaments with the annual Fort Dodge Ford/Calisesi Chiropractic Open on January 10th at Ridgewood Lanes in Fort Dodge, and our second Fusion Realtors Open of the season the weekend of January 24 & 25 at Maple Lanes in Waterloo. I am taking reservations for both of those tournaments so let me know if you plan on bowling. There are two squads for Ft. Dodge, 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM. The Fusion tournaments require prepaid entry fees to guarantee your spot so get your checks to me in the mail soon. I will not deposit the entry fee checks until the Monday prior to the tournament. The flyers for both the Ft. Dodge and Fusion tournament are available on the schedule page.
Thanks to everyone for your tremendous support of the GIBA events, and I look forward to a busy and successful next three months of our season!!
October 27, 2014
Congratulations to Roger Taylor Sr. on his victory in the Big Gun 12 game sweeper at Totem Bowl in Marshalltown last weekend. Roger put on a late charge with an 801 series his final three games to win the title by 7 pins over Derek Sapp who finished second. Derek rolled a 298 the final game to move from 4th place to 2nd and put some pressure on Roger. Roger responded with a 277 of his own to take home the title. Jake Stansbury rolled a final game of 279 to move into the 3rd place position. Jake was followed by Greg Thomas in 4th, Duane Kilts 5th, Joe Roseman 6th, Dave Schilke 7th, Andy Shutt 8th, Jeff Lovewell 9th, and Scott Rains rounded out the top ten. Complete results can be seen here.
Our next event is the Iowa Open at May City Bowl in Cedar Rapids on November 16th. I am taking reservations for that event so let me know if you plan on bowling. Remember, the start time for that tournament will be 9:00 AMdue to the longer format. The flyer for this event will be posted on the website very soon as well. We will use the flat U.S. Open pattern for this tournament.
There are several other tournaments coming up for scratch bowlers. November 8th actually has a couple of opportunities with a scratch tournament in Manchester as well as a major event in Sioux Falls, SD. In addition, Cedar Rapids Bowling Center will host the annual Revolutions Pro Shop tournament on November 30th. There will be plenty of added prize money for the Revolutions event, and the pattern they will use should be decided on soon. You can view flyers for all three of these events below.
As of last night, there were only 6 spots left available for the 50/50 Doubles tournament coming up December 7th at Cadillac Lanes. The only way to guarantee a spot for that tournament is with a paid entry to John Brinker. You can view the flyer with details and John’s contact info on the schedule page of our website by clicking on the more info link for that tournament.
Thanks to everyone for all the support you provide to the GIBA and our tournaments!!
October 13, 2014
I was just informed by Joe Roseman that the 1st annual Rose Bowl tournament at Leisure Lanes scheduled for later this month has been cancelled. The intent will be for them to host this tournament at a later date to be announced.
October 6, 2014
Congratulations to Tom Hess on winning his second consecutive GIBA event. Tom won two tight matches in the stepladder finals to claim the victory. The stepladder started out with Duane Kilts rolling through the first two matches, 246 to 227 over Matt Smith and 236-169 over Jeff Rausch. Duane continued striking against Tom Hess in the 3rd match, but Tom caught a late string of strikes to come out on top 247-237 in that semi-final match. The final match between Tom and Jason Poli was strange to say the least. Tom took charge early with Jason struggling to find the right lane. Tom missed a ten pin in the 8th frame to open the door a bit and Jason struck in the 8th, 9th, and first ball in the 10th. If Jason had struck out, he could have forced Tom to double in the 10th to win, but Jason left a split on the 2nd ball in the 10th. Tom stepped up in the 10th needing just 8 pins on the first ball and 1 pin on the second ball to win by a pin. He left an 8-10 split and threw the 2nd shot between the two pins to tie. The crowd watching was shocked at the way things played out. To Tom's credit, after Jason split his first frame of the 9th and 10th frame rolloff, Tom stepped up and threw two strong strikes to lock up the title. You can see the final results here.
The pattern we used was Kegel's Mexico City, and it proved to be as tough as any we have used. It took only a score of -59 to get a check for the 8 games of qualifying.
Thanks to all who made the trip to Des Moines, and be sure to contact me if you plan on bowling our next tournament in Marshalltown on Saturday, October 18th. The annual Big Gun tournament at Totem Bowl starts at 4:00 on Saturday afternoon.
September 16, 2014
Congratulations to Tom Hess! Tom won the title at the Fusion Realtors Open, beating A.J. Chapman in the title match. We ended up with a total of 175 entries and paid out a prize fund of $29,645.00 to the top 60 placers. Included in that total were three extra prizes of $150.00 each to senior bowlers who did not make the cut but finished in the top 1/3 of the senior entries. We had 17 senior bowlers and paid 6 senior spots. The complete final standings and payouts will be posted on the website soon.
Just a reminder, this coming weekend, Cadillac Lanes is hosting the first annual Adrian Erickson memorial trios scratch tournament. The flyer for that tournament can be viewed by clicking on the link on this page. This tournament is a great opportunity to support the memory of Adrian who hosted many of our GIBA events over the past 30 years!!