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Save the dates: 2021 GIBA Open set for Aug. 20-22

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:00 am
Jerry Marrs, center, after winning the 2020 GIBA Open. I am on the left and GIBA administrator Joe Engelkes is on the right. Photo by GIBA.

The 2021 Greater Iowa Bowling Open is set for Aug. 20-22 at Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, Bob Hochrein, director of Cherry Lanes, announced on Wednesday.

The good news is that even cautious experts project that COVID-19 vaccines will be readily available by then, and it’s possible some level of normalcy will have returned.

Beyond the things we can’t know, including what COVID-19 pandemic measures may remain, the tournament will remain the same format it has been for years, with a sweeper on Friday night, qualifying on Saturday, and “Flanagan format” semifinals on Sunday, followed by a stepladder finals.

Details and the entry flyer should be available sometime in the spring.

My preview story before last year’s Open is here.

Jerry Marrs defeated Nick Pate 212-205 in the title match to win in 2020.  

Matt McNiel won in 2012Matt Gasn in 2014McNiel again in 2015Jay Watts in 2016Adam Morse in 2017Andy Mills in 2018 and Nate Stubler in 2019. (No tournament was held in 2013.)