Bowling Insider: New tournament ready for a rollout
By Steve T. Gorches Sun-Times Media February 23, 2014 4:26PM
Alexis Voiers (left), of Portage, Ind., (left) and Ari Wilson, of Chicago, won the Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic tourney in January and have qualified for the Post-Tribune/SouthtownStar Awards Tournament in May. | Steve T. Gorches/Post-Tribune
Updated: March 25, 2014 6:17AM
The SouthtownStar began a weekly bowling page this season, and the response has been great.
Now it’s time to reward the bowlers with a tournament at the end of the season.
We’re partnering with fellow Sun-Times Media publication, the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana, to provide bowling readers with an annual awards tournament. The Post-Tribune has held its awards tourney at the end of every season in some form or another for some 50 years.
In the past, the tourney was invite-only, based on scores rolled in local leagues and tournaments. But for the first time, the newly named Post-Tribune/SouthtownStar Awards Tournament will be open to all bowlers. We still will have the invitational parameters with some slight adjustments, but if a man or woman didn’t qualify in the usual score levels, he or she still can bowl, just at a higher cost.
Qualification entry fees will be as follow: Kings or Queens of the Week (top series listed in Monday’s SouthtownStar) are $5; 800 series for men and 700 series for women are $10; 300 games for men or women are $15; 750 series for men and 650 series for women are $20; anyone else will be $25 with ALL money going toward the prize fund (with the exception of trophies). No annoying tournament expenses in these events!
There also will be a senior men’s division for ages 50 and over.
As for youth bowlers, there’s a tournament for them, too.
Kids will be bowling on the same dates as the adults (girls with the women, boys with the men), but will have a separate division based on number of entries. In other words, there still will be a separate trophy for boys and girls champs, but unless there are enough entries (that number has not been determined yet … could by 16, could be 20), there will not be a separate stepladder final.
Entries are only part of the reason for the youth change. The Post-Tribune Sport Shot Classic events over the last couple of years have been quite popular, and many of the adults love bowling with the kids in their midst.
So why not do that with every tourney?
There will be no qualifying parameters for youth. Everyone is invited to the scratch tourney at $15 per entry.
Youth will be competing for scholarship money through the United States Bowling Congress SMART fund, while the adult prize money will be paid out the same day.
This first Post-Tribune/SouthtownStar Tournament will still be held at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer, Ind., this year, but it’s right next to the Illinois border, and that center gets plenty of Illinois love for the way manager Shaun Ciesielski runs his tourneys.
The women and girls tourney will be at 11 a.m. (sign-ups at 10 a.m.) May 24, while the men and boys will be at 11 a.m. May 25.
It’s a brave new bowling world, and evolving is necessary. This evolution of the Post-Tribune tournaments into including the SouthtownStar was inevitable.
For more details, contact Tony Baranek at tbaranek@southtown
star.com or Steve T. Gorches at