Update: Cherry Lanes general manager Bob Hochrein has released the challenging lane pattern he has developed for the InsideBowling.com 11thFrame.com Open. The 42-foot pattern has a challenging ratio of 1.8-1, although Cherry Lanes has a high-scoring history so it may play a touch softer. The pattern is in the attached picture.
Here’s a tournament I’m extending a personal invitation to.
InsideBowling.com is hitting the road to put on the 11thFrame.com Open at Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa.
InsideBowling.com is a creation of Mike Flanagan and tech guru Brian Burkhardt, who helped me create 11thFrame.com earlier this year, so this was a natural collaboration.
First prize in the scratch singles tournament will be $4,000 guaranteed, with one in four cashing, Flanagan said. The entry fee is $170, and re-entries are $120 in the three-squad tournament.
For more on the tournaments Flanagan puts on, go to InsideBowling.com or read my blog on the recent second annual InsideBowling.com Open that paid out $5,000 for first and drew more than 120 entries in the St. Louis area.
There will be fresh oil for each squad on Saturday, Aug. 18. The lane pattern will be demanding, Flanagan promised — and he has delivered on that in his other events.
The qualifying squads are six games, with pins carrying over to Sunday, Aug. 19, when the top 16 bowlers return for round robin match play and then a top three stepladder finals.
Those who pay a month in advance (by July 18) will receive $20 in free slot play at the Diamond Jo, a 2-for-1 buffet coupon and a pass to the property’s night club.