Bowlway Lanes Bracket Tournament Coming in May


Brackets. They're a big deal. Go to almost any tournament and there will be side brackets pitting 8 players against each other over three games. Some tournaments will have 5, 10 or 50 or even 150 side brackets.

Bowlers love brackets. Maybe it's the head-to-head action. Or the feeling of March Madness in basketball. Whatever the reason, brackets are part of bowling action.

 
Bowlway Lanes has picked up on this idea by offering its first-ever bracket tournament: the Bowlway Bracket Blast. The concept is simple: You get at least 16 bowlers. They bowl two games of qualifying. You take their total pins and rank them from the highest seed to the lowest. Then you place them in brackets based on their seed positions. Each bowler bowls single-game elimination matches. If you win, you move on to the next round. If you lose, you're out. Each player will bowl at least 3 games. The bowler that wins it all will shoot 6 games. Not bad for an evening and fast too.

This is a modest proposal. We only need 16 bowlers to make it work. With the sponsorship support of Bowlway Lanes, Carmelo's Auto Sales, madwill creative and bowlelgin.com, the payout for the tournament is quite good at $325 for first. 1 in 4 bowlers will cash and there will be side action available for the first three games. Of course, if we get 32 bowlers, everything gets better and the payouts and spots go up.

Yes, this will be a handicap tournament, but it will be capped to a certain degree at 70% of a 200 average. That's fair for everyone, especially at Bowlway Lanes, where scoring can sometimes be tricky with stubborn 10 pins, 4 pins, and the occasional 7-10 standing.

For more information, call Bowlway Lanes at 847-741-0155 or email shargadon69@yahoo.com.


Bowlway Lanes Retains Mayor's Cup; Grinds Out Victory Over Elgin Lanes

It was an about face for the second week of the Elgin Cross-Town Classic.

After the high-scoring pace witnessed at Elgin Lanes last week, where eight out of ten bowlers averaged over 200 for the three game series, only two bowlers emerged this week with big numbers.


The 2014 Elgin Cross-Town Classic Champion Bowlway Lanes.
Front row, left to right: Wayne Curley and Sean Hargadon.
Back row, left to right: Nick Miller, Dan Olson, John Golden,
Bill Killmer, Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain and Bowlway Lanes
co-owner Norm Grocke. Photo by Jason Pawlowski.
The rather focused and intense crowd at Bowlway Lanes got a whole different perspective as each team tried to grind out its way to victory. After the opening frames of the first game, where both teams struggled to throw strikes and make spares, Team Bowlway eventually pulled ahead and capitalized on open frames by Team Elgin, leading to a 194 pin win.

The second match was much closer with solid games from Team Elgin, led by John Mundt with a 221, Brett Golabek 212 and Drew Perly’s 200. But Team Bowlway responded with Sean Hargadon’s 235 game, Dan Olson’s 231 and Wayne Curley finishing with 204. Bowlway won by 14 pins.

With Team Bowlway safely ahead, a late run was needed by Team Elgin to get back into the match. But Wayne Curley’s 257 game helped Bowlway Lanes prevail and win the last game by 36 pins.

“Today was a grind out,” said Bill Killmer from Team Bowlway.  “Strikes were hard to come by and you had to make your spares to stay in the game. Everybody struggled one time or another trying to make the right shots. But that’s what makes team bowling exciting – you’re  in together until the end.”

Team Bowlway took a 16-13 match-point lead and a total pin lead of 11 pins after the first week’s matches at Elgin Lanes. After finishing the matches at Bowlway Lanes, Team Bowlway won the tournament 37-21 in total match-points, building a 255 pin lead. 

The match-points system used in many competitive leagues and was adapted for this tournament. One point is awarded to each bowler for each game won against his opponent including total series. Two points is awarded to each team for each game won and three points for total series. If the two teams tie at the end of the event, total pins will be used to determine the winner.

Elgin Mayor David Kaptain once again presented the Mayor’s Cup Trophy to Team Bowlway for its victory. Elgin Today’s Jeff Myers emceed both weeks of the tournament providing scoring updates, introductions, and interviews. When asked about the future of the Elgin Cross-Town Classic, Elgin Lanes General Manager Lex Perly was optimistic. “We have something here between the two bowling centers,” he said. “A lot of hard work is done to make this event a success, and we’ll be back next year.”

Team Bowlway was led by Wayne Curley with a 685 series and Sean Hargadon with 645. The team finished with 3,000 total pins for a team average of 200. Team Elgin was led by John Mundt with a 597 series and Brett Golabek with 588. The team finished with 2,756 total pins for a team average of 183.

The Elgin Cross-Town Classic II was sponsored by Bowlway Lanes, Elgin Lanes, madwill creative, City of Elgin and Mayor Kaptain, Elgin Today and Jeff Myers, Jason Pawlowski Photography, Anderson’s Awards, Allegra Marketing, and tournament certification is provided by the United States Bowling Congress. 

BOX SCORE
Team Bowlway       1044 994 962     = 3,000
Team Elgin               850  980 926     = 2,756

Bowlway: Wayne Curley (Elgin) 685, Sean Hargadon (Elgin) 645, Nick Miller (Elgin) 592, Dan Olson (Streamwood) 567,  Bill Killmer (Bartlett) 511 

Elgin: John Mundt (Elgin) 597, Brett Golabek (South Elgin) 588, Drew Perly (Elgin) 554, Ken Buhlman (South Elgin) 539, Cary O’Donnell (Elgin) 478 
   
MATCH-POINT TOTALS WEEK 2
*= 1 point      **= 2 points ***= 3points

BOWLWAY
GM1
GM2
GM3
Series
ELGIN
GM1
GM2
GM3
Series
Hargadon
224*
235*
186*
645*
O’Donnell
149
168
161
478
Miller
225*
177
190
592*
Buhlman
158
179*
202*
539
Olson
164
231*
172*
567
Golabek
212*
212
164
588*
Killmer
207*
147
157
511
Perly
154
200*
200*
554*
Curley
224*
204
257*
685*
Mundt
177
221*
199
597
Tot.Scores
1044**
994**
962**
3000***
Tot.Scores
850
980
926
2756
Points
6
4
5
6
Points
1
3
2
2

RECAP
Team Bowlway led Team Elgin 16-13 in match points and 11 total pins after the first week of matches.
 
After game one: Team Bowlway leads Team Elgin 6-1 in points. Total two week points: Bowlway 22-14.

After game two: Team Bowlway Leads Team Elgin tied 10-4. Total two weeks: Bowlway 26-17.

After game three: Team Bowlway leads Team Elgin 15-6. Total two weeks: Bowlway 31-19.

After Series totals: Team Bowlway leads Team Elgin 21-8. Final points: Bowlway wins 37-21.

Team Bowlway led the tournament by 255 pins.