High-Level Scratch Tournament with Reasonable Entry Fee and Solid Payout Means a FUN, FUN, FUN Event.
It’s my understanding that the Chippewa Valley Match Games have been around for a time longer than I’ve been on this earth.
For a tournament to last that long, and in today’s evermore busy lifestyles, an event must have either a very compelling format, a great payout vs. entry fee ratio, or both. The CVMG’s has both.
And it’s a testament to the turnout at the event with an OVERSOLD field of 107 entries (52 per squad, plus three pair on the second shift with 5 per pair).
I personally witnessed 10-12 people walk in on the first squad looking to get a spot that were turned away or put on the waiting list.
Based on two experiences at this event I will be back each year this event is held as long as my schedule allows.
While $90 entry to try to win $1,500 is a lure for sure, it’s the match play finals the next day that are so much fun. I actually found myself feeling nervous during qualifying just pressing to make it to Sunday.
In what I can only describe as the best match-play style format, the CVMG has really carved out a unique spot in my heart for tournament bowling. So much so, we copied it for our ELITE Pro Shop Masters Tournament.
After 8 games of qualifying on Saturday, 24 people advanced to Sunday’s finals where the minimum cash position was $200.
After you draw your card showing you your lane and bowler position, the fun begins. In just 11 games, you will have bowled against
How do you bowl that many people in so few games?
That’s the ingenious hook that Tournament Director Denny Burkart has woven into this event.
Game #1 you are bowling against all three of the other players on your pair of lanes. Winners receive only 10 points bonus for winning a match that puts the premium not on winning games, but on knocking pins down.
After game #1, players follow a standard
After 11 games of bowling, a position round completed the day’s match-play before the finals.
I know it sounds confusing, and many people are at first, but one game in and everyone understands, appreciates and loves the format.
This year the tournament was contested on the
I’ve bowled on this pattern a few times before and while it’s a
Transitions happen rapidly often creating a wet/dry look to the lanes. And at times the lane “feels” like it’ is getting slicker, when in reality the ball is burning energy going down the lane and hits poorly.
It still takes the right guesses matched with the right execution to find a way to knock pins down – even for a “league” pattern.
And while +114 might seem high for 8 games of qualifying, that is still only a 214 average with some very talented players in the field (12+ USBC "Eagles", numerous Megabuck Champions, many, many state level champions). Click here to view the qualifying results.
In match play I missed out of the stepladder finals by 30ish pins. While I would like to have one shot back that might have given me a chance to pass Minnesota Megabuck stud Chad Nelson, it was me going only +2 in a four game stretch and a 1-7 match play record that prevented me from advancing.
I was simply unable to decipher how to get my ball to go through the pins the right way to make it strike. I had a good enough look for 200 when I needed to be shooting 220's.
A ball change in the position round to the new IQ Tour Pearl “gold ball” got me 242 with two poorly thrown shots. I sure wish I would have tried it about 4 games earlier.
From TD Denny Burkart:
Mike Roh left a 3-6-10 in the 10th frame and needing a spare and then 1 pin to win, chopped the 3-6 off losing 184-183 to Dave Langer.
Here is a finals report:
#5 Chad Nelson upset #4 Bob Wolfe 234-202 (Wolfe – $450)
#3 Mike Roh defeated #5 Chad Nelson 235-191 (Nelson – $500)
#3 Mike Roh defeated #2 Shawn Martin 203-164 (Martin – $600)
#1 David Langer defeated #3 Mike Roh 184-183 (Langer – $1,500, Roh $800)
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