JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 8:00 am
The second annual Compete for Kids’ Sake fundraising tournament for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County is set for Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes.
The USBC certified tournament features handicap at 100 percent based off of 230 with a maximum of 50 pins per game. The format is four games of qualifying with the top 16 advancing to bracket match play. It will be contested on Bowl-A-Vard’s house pattern.
The entry fee is $60, with $35 to the prize fund, $10 for expenses and $15 to BBBS.
The cashing ratio is 1-in-4 and first prize is projected at $1,000 with the maximum 96 bowlers.
Brackets will be available. Youth bowlers are eligible, with their winnings paid in SMART scholarship funds.
Top area bowler Jon Schalow, a local banker, spearheaded the creation of the tournament, which he said last year is modeled after the Kurt Davids Memorial New Year’s Eve Classic with “an affordable entry fee, modest prize fund, and handicap to encourage men, women and youth to bowl, regardless of their bowling average.”
Schalow, who has served on the planning committee for Bowl for Kids’ Sake, said that event has “struggled to entice the passionate league bowler to participate,” which led to the tournament.
New this year are a dozen packages to raffle off the day of the event, with the prizes including a TREK Bike, Game Day tickets and a complimentary stay at one of Madison’s premier hotels. The packages will be announced on the tournament Facebook page each day.
Every bowler will receive 10 cash and prize raffle tickets with their entry. For every $50 raised, the bowler will earn 10 additional tickets. Raising $250 or more will earn a free entry into the tournament.
Schalow said the goal is to raise $5,000 through Compete for Kids Sake.
Bowlers can sign up at the Facebook page or by contacting Bethany Ordaz at 608-661-5437 ext. 111 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by contacting one of the committee members: Rick Erce, Brittany Pollentier, Melissa Carlson, Bill Dennis and Schalow.