November 16, 2015

Congratulations to Tom Hess on his victory yesterday at the Iowa Open held at May City Bowl in Cedar Rapids.  Hess dominated the field in the 10 bowler round robin finals with a match play record of 9 wins with only 1 loss.  His final margin of victory over Shannon Buchan who finished in 2nd place was 195 pins.  We used the old style U.S. Open flat pattern, and it definitely proved to be a test for the field of 69 bowlers who competed.  There were only 10 bowlers who averaged 200 for the 8 games of qualifying and those were the 10 who made the round robin finals.  We paid 20 places and every bowler who averaged 190 got a check as it took a score of 1525 (-75) to get the last cash spot. Rounding out the top ten were high qualifier Derek Sapp 3rd, Quinton Bohlen 4th, Kenny Calkins III 5th, Marcus Mitts 6th, Troy Fuller 7th, Duane Kilts 8th, Jason Mesecher 9th, and Jon Mesecher 10th.

A huge thank you to our sponsors, Ebonite and May City Bowl, along with the GIBA.  We were able to pay out a prize fund of $4355.00 along with the paid entry to the 2016 U.S. Open that Tom Hess will receive as the winner of the Iowa Open. Hess also won $230.00 from the bet you win pot.

I would like to thank the bowlers who participated.  The only major disappointment was having 6 no shows when the tournament had a full field of reservations with a fairly long waiting list in the days leading up to the event.  I would only ask bowlers who reserve spots to please contact me in advance if you are unable to bowl. 

I am now taking reservations for the Fort Dodge Ford/Calisesi Chiropractic Open in Fort Dodge.  This tournament features more than $1500.00 in added prize money with two shifts of qualifying at 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM.  The tournament date is January 9, 2016 and I will have a flyer posted on our website at very soon.  Please contact me to make reservations for this tournament.  The tournament has featured a full field of 96 bowlers the past few years.

November 2, 2015

Congrats to Kurt Krull on his victory Saturday night in the Big Gun 12 gamer held at Totem Bowl in Marshalltown.  Kurt averaged 245.4 for the 12 game sweeper to top a field of 55 bowlers who competed in the high scoring shootout.  Other top finishers were Quinton Bohlen 2nd, Duane Kilts 3rd, Roger Taylor Sr. 4th, Don Breeden 5th, Mike Yaw 6th, Kevin Link 7th, Mark Van Wyk 8th, Tom Hess 9th, and Jason Poli in 10th.  We paid 16 spots for this tournament with $1000.00 for 1st and last cash getting $125.00.


Our next tournament will be the Iowa Open coming up on November 15th at May City Bowl in Cedar Rapids.  I currently have 58 bowlers signed up for this tournament and we can take 75 with 5 bowlers per pair.  Let me know right away if you would like to reserve a spot.  We do plan on using the old U.S. Open flat pattern although it appears the pattern they are using at the U.S. Open being held this week in Texas is a new pattern and not a 1:1 ratio.  The entry fee for the Iowa Open will be $75.00 and you can view the flyer on our website at  Just click on the schedule link at the top of the home page, then click on the more info button showing under the Iowa Open on the schedule.


A quick update regarding the 50/50 Doubles tournament coming up in December.  The field is currently full with about 6 teams on the waiting list as of the last time I talked to John Brinker. 


Thanks to all the bowlers for supporting our tournaments!!!

October 7, 2015

Congrats to A.J. Chapman on his first GIBA tournament title last Sunday.  Chapman used a urethane bowling ball to conquer the 38' Taj Mahal pattern we used for this tournament.  The pattern played more difficult than anticipated as it only took a score of 1532 for the 8 games of qualifying to get a check, and a score of 1635 to make the top 5 stepladder finals.  We had a field of 79 bowlers and paid a total of 24 places.  Chapman won the title match over 2nd high qualifier Kenny Calkins III with Shannon Buchan placing 3rd, Andy Mills 4th, and Jason Poli 5th. 


A huge thanks to Mike Yaw and the staff of Bowlerama for lining up $1150.00 in added prize money for this tournament.  Chapman won $570.00 for 1st plus $290.00 for the bet you win plus $200.00 for the tier 2 side event plus $140.00 for the tier 2 bet you win as the high qualifier.


Our next tournament is the annual Big Gun tournament at Totem Bowl in Marshalltown.  That event will be held on Saturday October 31st with a 4:00 PM starting time.  The entry fee is $125.00 and we have a flyer and estimated prize list posted on the GIBA website schedule page at  The following tournament will be the Iowa Open at May City Bowl in Cedar Rapids on November 15th with a 9:00 AM starting time.  The flyer for this tournament is also posted now on the website schedule page.  I have also updated the point list for this season on the website after our three tournaments thus far.


I owe all of our members a huge thank you for the tremendous support we have received for our tournaments this season.  To date we have had 290 different bowlers who participated in at least one of our tournaments and full fields for the first two events.  The tournament at Bowlerama had a full field of reservations, but we did have a few no shows for that one. We have been blessed with many great sponsor as well including our title sponsor Ebonite for this season!!


Let's keep the momentum going for our next tournaments.  Contact me if you would like to reserve spots for the Big Gun or the Iowa Open, or you can also reserve your spot by clicking on the link for each tournament on the GIBA website schedule page.

September 29, 2015

Bowlerama tournament info!


We currently have 70 entries with a maximum field of 84. The plan is to use the Taj Mahal pattern which is 38' with a ratio of 3 to 1. The pattern will be modified to add some oil to the front part of the lane to help accommodate our 8 game qualifying block with the entry numbers we anticipate.  A special thanks to Mike Yaw, as well as the staff at Bowlerama for their work in raising at least $1000.00 in added prize money for this tournament.  Be sure to let me know if you want a spot if you are planning to bowl.


I also want to mention that the blog that Jeff Richgels has is now a subscription only service. Jeff has been and will continue to be a strong supporter of our GIBA events and if he generates sufficient income from the subscriptions, he has indicated that he will add prize money to some of our tournaments in the future. The subscription price is just $1.99 per month or $20.00 per year so please consider going online to get your subscription. Jeff provides great coverage for bowling events across the country and the subscription fees will allow him to expand the coverage even more.


One more reminder, the GIBA15 code you can use to get a discount on orders from Logo Infusion is only good through September 30th. They make some great looking jerseys, and they were a sponsor for our Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open earlier this month. Our support using this code will help them make a decision on further sponsorship opportunities.


Thanks to all for your support of the GIBA as we continue our attempts to grow.


September 13, 2015

What a great weekend we enjoyed with 180 bowlers competing in the Fusion Realtors/Community 1st National Bank Open.  Congratulations to Steven Keeler who is the 8th champion of a Fusion event.  Keeler defeated Devin Bidwell 220 to 219 in a back and forth title match.  The tournament featured a 41 pattern with a 1.98 to 1 ratio and 29.7 mL of volume so the scoring pace was rather low.  It took a score of -9 for the 7 games in the first round to make the cut to the casher's round on Sunday morning.  The top 60 bowlers made that cut, and we paid out a total prize fund of $30,000.00 which included 2 extra prizes to femaile bowlers out of the major prize fund, and 3 additional prizes to senior bowlers outside the major prize fund.  A huge thank you to our sponsors, Fusion Realtors, Community 1st National Bank, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau, Members Mortgage Services, Logo Infusion, Maple Lanes, King Pin Bar & Grill, Budweiser/Bud Light, and of course, our new season title sponsor, Ebonite!!


Here are PDF files of the 1st round qualifying, the 2nd round casher's final standings, and the modified stepladder finals results.


Thanks to all the bowlers, sponsors, Maple Lanes, and to Mike Flanagan & Matt Turek with for the live stream coverage of our entire event.




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