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Bowling News USA - July 29, 2014 The 11th Frame: Qualifying Upped to 4 Games for 12th Annual Tri-City Bank Milwaukee Open


Responding to the desires of most competitors, qualifying has been increased to four games for the 12th annual Tri City Bank Milwaukee Open scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26 at New Berlin Bowl, 16000 W. Cleveland Ave. in New Berlin, organizer Bob Greenfield announced.

“The feedback from many bowlers was that it was too much of a ‘sprint,’ " the tournament announcement states on the event’s Facebook page. “So lets take a good thing and make it better!”

The Milwaukee Open, which is open to USBC members from outside Wisconsin as well, will have qualifying squads at 8:30 a.m. and noon with re-entries allowed.   Match play for the top 20 is 2-game total pins matches.

The lane condition is not a house shot and typically has been very challenging. USBC head laneman Eric Pierson and predecessor Mike Stranney have often designed the shot and may again this year, Greenfield said.

In 10 years, the low cut has been minus 4 and the high cut plus 66, Greenfield said.

The cut was plus 58 last year, with Nathan Michalowski edging Henry Teetz for the title, as I reported hereThe top prize of $1,000 is guaranteed.  The entry fee is $75 if at least $20 is paid by the Friday before the tournament and $85 after that. Re-entries are $65.

Call Greenfield at 414-405-7854 for details.

The tournament again will kick off Milwaukee’s annual Triple Crown Points Challenge tourneys. The other events in the Triple Crown are the Wisconsin Championship Doubles, which typically is the first Sunday in December, and the Greater Milwaukee Classic Team Open, which typically is the last Sunday in January.

In the past, the top 20 in points from the tournaments have shared in a $2,500 prize fund, with $500 to the top point earner. The $2,500 has been funded by the Greater Milwaukee Bowling Association, the Milwaukee Bowling Hall of Fame, and the Ten Pin Journal.

The Milwaukee Open faces no major conflicts, although Leisure Lanes in Davenport, Iowa does plan a large scratch tournament that weekend with qualifying on Saturday and finals on Sunday.

If it is the last Sunday in January. the Greater Milwaukee Classic Team likely will lose some entries to the Fusion Realtors Open in Waterloo, Iowa. The second Fusion of 2014-15 had to move to that weekend from its traditional late February dates due to host center Maple Lanes of Waterloo, Iowa hosting the Iowa State Tournament.

The Madison Area Scratch Tour’s 2014-15 schedule will be released in mid-August.

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