In an effort to avoid conflict with Green Bay Packers playoff hoopla, the Green Bay-Bay Area USBC Bowling Association is putting off its month-long qualifying for its annual team tournament until February.
In most years, the GBBA has team qualifying held in conjunction with league bowling throughout January, but association manager Wayne Teske said the association decided to delay it until February when bowlers will not be sidetracked by Packers activities.
Following the qualifying in February, 64 teams will be chosen to advance to the finals scheduled for March 10 at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley.
The doubles and singles events are scheduled for the weekends of Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 15-17 at Wally's Seymour Bowl in Seymour.
Last year, 190 teams attempted to qualify during their regular league bowling nights. The 2007 tournament drew a record 282 entries but entries have declined each year since then.
During league nights, a team or a group of five bowlers from any teams in a league can attempt to qualify by filing entry prior to bowling that night and paying a $5 per person entry fee. Teams can attempt to qualify more than once.
The top two qualifying teams from the larger bowling centers and one from the smaller centers are guaranteed entry in the finals. The rest of the 64-team field will be determined on score based on the number of teams attempting to qualify at each center.
The 64 teams will be divided into four divisions and compete in a single-elimination finals until a champion is determined.
Last year, the Burning Sensations team of Jeremy Jackson, John LePow, Brad Anderson, Dennis Farmer and Scott Karlin from Willow Creek Lanes defeated the Fluid Systems team of Mike Nelson, Ken Piontek, Chad Watermolen, Dave Laundrie and Len Boerboom from the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in the championship match.
The entry fee for the Baker doubles and singles portion of the tournament will be $20.
Last year, Jake Johnson emerged from a field of 130 to win the singles title while Tim Czarneski and Mike Adams combined to win in the field of 60 doubles teams.
Budweiser and Dean Distributing are sponsoring both events along with the Masters. Entry blanks for all of the events will be in area bowling centers in early January.
Masters: The scratch masters tournament, a one-day event, will be held Feb. 2 at Manhattan Lanes in De Pere.
The field will bowl four qualifying games across eight lanes. After that, the top 14 scorers will go into bracket finals (the top two scores receive first-round byes). In the bracket finals, winners will be determined by two-game, total pin competition.
Scott Weber is the defending champion after winning his fourth title since the tournament's inception in the 1989-90 season. Weber is one of three four-time winners, joining Paul Baumgart and Alex Young.
Women's tournament: The Green Bay Area USBC Women's Bowling Association has added an optional scratch event to its annual tournament and again will pay the $5 entry fee to the all-events category for entries filed prior to Jan. 2.
This year's tournament will be held at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley. Squads for the four-woman team event are scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 20, 11 a.m. Jan. 26 and 3 p.m. Feb. 2.
Doubles and singles squads are Jan. 26 at 3 p.m., Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. and Feb. 3 at 11 a.m.
There will be three handicap divisions in each event. Entries will be accepted up until one hour prior to the start of each squad.
To qualify for the $5 all-events entry, all bowlers on an entry must enter team, doubles and singles.
The entry fee for the tournament is $15 per person, per event and blanks are available at area bowling centers.