Update: The tournament drew 41 entries and was won by Jerry Marrs 278-258 in the title match. The Baker doubles round leaders were Joey Biondo and Chad Brendemuehl first, Sue Williams and Jerry Marrs second, Nick Thomas and Steve Scibona third. The first round leader was Eric Schmidt with 1,112, followed by Marrs with 1,089, with both rolling perfect games.
"Since we got great feedback and a demand for a second tourney, we will be announcing the sequel here soon," Bill Roman said in an email. "Different format but the same craziness with prizes (this tourney we gave prizes like a bouquet of flowers jigsaw puzzle, Birthday Cake, Dog Food, Home Entertainment Center: TV, VCR, 2 VHS tapes, surround sound speakers)."
The tournament Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Ill., is hosting on Aug. 11 looks like a lot of fun, and I'd bowl it if I wasn't going to be bowling the PBA Senior Tour stop in Decatur, Ill.
Bill Roman of RomanBowling.com sent me the information on what is being called "IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TOURNAMENT!" and I think that's an appropriate name.
The three-round scratch tournament that starts at 11 a.m. costs $40 to enter.
The first round is four games of qualifying with the field cut to either the top 16 (with less than 60 entries) or the top 32 (with 60 or more entries).
The qualifying positions are used in a random draw that determines doubles teams for round two.
Those teams bowl seven games of round robin Baker format followed by a position round. Each match win is worth 30 bonus pins.
The top three duos advance to the third round, which has the doubles partners reverting to singles.
Remember, IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TOURNAMENT!
The seeding for the final six is based on their round one (singles) qualifying scores with one-game matches — 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5, with the winners advancing to bowl seeds 1 and 2 and the winners then meeting for the title.
The scores of the bowlers that don’t win their matches are paid equally.
Here is Roman's example:
"Qualifying Bowler A bowls the first round and has the 6th best score. Draws a partner that has the 14th best score, Bowler B. Bowler A and Bowler B agree on a roster set up of Bowler B throwing the odd number frames and Bowler A bowling the even number frames. After 7 games of match play and a game of match play, Bowler A and Bowler B have second highest score to qualify themselves for the third round. From the first round, Bowler A has the third highest score in the third round. Bowler B has the fifth best. They bowl the respected opponents and both win the match. Bowler A bowls the 2nd highest qualifier. Bowler B bowls the 1st highest qualifier. Bowler A wins match while Bowler B loses their match and finishes tied for third to the 2nd highest qualifier who lost to Bowler A. Bowler A beats 1st highest qualifier and is the tournament winner."
With 40 entries, Roman said the prize fund would be $400 for first, $200 for second, $100 to third/fourth, and $55 to fifth/sixth. There also will be a pay out of $50 to the top seed after round one and $50 to each bowler of the top seed after round 2.
Another $100 will be paid out for things like high game, a 7-10 split, and mini games within the tournament, Roman said.
For more information, contact Roman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-262-6491. Entry fees can only be paid with cash or a credit card on the day of the tournament. Advance entries can be mailed to Michele Roman at Cherry Bowl, 7171 Cherryvale Blvd, Rockford, IL 61112.