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Darin Bloomquist edges Lucas Hersrud, Brady Stearns to win 2023 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open Sweeper

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Friday, August 18, 2023 11:00 pm
Darin Bloomquist edges Lucas Hersrud, Brady Stearns to win 2023 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open Sweeper
Darin Bloomquist. Photo from Facebook.

Darin Bloomquist edged Lucas Hersrud and Brady Stearns to win the 2023 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open Sweeper on Friday night at Cherry Lanes inside the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa.

Bloomquist, who is from Rhinelander and Mount Mercy, totaled 1,179 for five games on the challenging pattern designed by famed lane pattern designer Nick Hoagland.

Hersrud and Stearns tied for second with 1,171.

Tim Behrendt was fourth at 1,155 and 2022 Sweeper champion Shea Bittenbender was fifth at 1,131.

Just 20 players in the 52-player field managed to average 200 or better. Last year on the same lane pattern, 23 of 60 sweeper players averaged 200 or better.

Brenden Sramek was the last casher in 13th at 1,026.

The top five places paid $500, $400, $300, $250 and $200, while 13th was $90.

In total, the sweeper paid out $2,680, while the 52 entries at $50 totaled $2,600. The entry fees were $40 for prize money and $10 for lineage, with the rest coming from the Dubuque Regional Sports Commission and the Greater Iowa Bowling Association.

Full results and the full prize list are attached to this story as PDFs.

In 2022, Shea Bittenbender won the sweeper with 1,315 and the last cash spot was 1,010.

In 2021, Clayton Mohr won the sweeper with 1,153 and the last cash spot was 978.

In 2020, Andrew Anderson won the sweeper with 1,288 and the last cash spot was 1,037.

Hoagland, who designs the patterns for USBC, offered Cherry Lanes director Bob Hochrein his expertise in crafting a shorter pattern than the pattern we used for several years prior to 2022 that was a modification of the 2015 U.S. Open pattern designed by Hoagland for USBC.

I earned Hoagland’s services by making a donation to the Make-A-Wish charity tied to the huge Hoosier Classic college tourney H2M Management runs in Indianapolis. (That was an offer he made to anyone.)

The pattern is 37 feet with 24.63 mL of Connect oil and pattern ratios by volume of 1.11-1 on the left and 1.66-1 on the right. 

Here is what Hoagland said about the pattern before last year's tournament: "I was glad to help the tournament out as Jeff was kind enough to make a donation to Make-A-Wish to help the Columbia 300 Hoosier Classic Bowling Tournament to grant wishes! Jeff, Bob and Joe wanted something different, and shorter, and it is a challenge! The pattern should play out for everyone and I do expect urethane to be in play. I think that the pattern will hold up for 12 games due to the fact that everyone’s ball will be outside of the first arrow at the breakpoint; thus saving the track and middle parts of the lane for later in the block.”

Qualifying for the 11thFrame.com Open is Saturday, the “Flanagan format” semifinals are on Sunday, and the stepladder finals follow about 4 p.m., with a Facebook live webcast.

Engelkes said there will be more than $4,000 in added money from GIBA sponsor Ebonite and returning sponsors the Dubuque Regional Sports CommissionDiamond Jo CasinoCherry LanesIAMBowling, and 11thFrame.com

My preview of the 2023 GIBA 11thFrame.com Open is here.