Women’s event set for River Rock Saturday

Ladies, we have a bowling event just for you this week – or to be more exact, this weekend.

The second annual Women’s Association Tournament will be presented by the Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association at River Rock Lanes, the former Red Rock Lanes and Country Lanes in Ishpeming.

It starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, with registration open at 1 p.m. The fee is $20 per person, with another $5 fee for optional singles.

I don’t have all the details, unfortunately, but I’m told it’s going to be run closely to how last year’s tourney did since it went over well with the participants.

By paying the $5 fee for singles, those entered get two events for the price – on your stamina – of one.

Everybody bowls three games, with handicap added in, and that by itself determines the singles portion of the day.

Then either all or the top scorers advance to a doubles round. Everybody will pick a doubles partner before beginning the day, and those scores will be added together.

But that’s just the start. Then bowlers go on to a Baker-style round to whittle the field down to just a few and continue Baker-style for the finals to determine a champion.

Baker-style bowling is where the doubles partners alternate frames to come up with a single-game score.

So if you have, say, six more games to bowl in Baker, you’re really only bowling the equivalent of three more “real” games.

For more details, call River Rock at 486-8000 or email bowlmqtusbc@charter.net.

Don’t forget the Holiday Doubles coming up the week after Thanksgiving and going into December. A $5 fee for you and anyone you choose from your league gets you entered using your league scores that night while the event is going on.

The nice thing with that is all $5 is returned to the prize fund since there’s no extra games to bowl.

Finally, here’s a little update on televised pro bowling.

I discovered a spot on a website, areyouwatchingthis.com/tv/stations/cbssn-cbs-sports-network, that gives out 24-hour schedules for two weeks in advance for all kinds of channels.

I missed the U.S. Open, the men’s or as it’s said today the “open” version, when it was on TV Wednesday night on the CBS Sports Network.

I didn’t see any rebroadcast of it listed when I thought to look a few days ago, but checking the website above, I see it will be on at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Hopefully taping or TiVo-ing or whatever is in vogue these days will help overcome its not even close to prime-time spot.

As a spoiler alert before then, don’t do too much browsing of the PBA’s website, www.pba.com, because you’ll find results popping up without even trying.

I won’t spoil it for you, however, except to tell you who made the telecast – in the first match is No. 5 seed John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, New York, facing No. 4 Shawn Maldonado of Houston.

The winner takes on No. 3 Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, who won the USBC Masters this year, then comes No. 2 Francois Lavoie of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, and seeded into the finals is No. 1 Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, for the $30,000 first prize.

There won’t be any other new events on TV this month from what I could find, but the PBA Tour is coming back to ESPN at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, and be telecast every Sunday afternoon through Jan. 8, including Christmas. In fact, there’ll be a bonus show on Christmas Eve, too.

There’s a break for a month before it picks up again every Sunday in February, along with a Friday night, Feb. 17, telecast of the Chris Paul Celebrity Invite, again all on ESPN.

Finally, ESPN takes another break until April 16, with a show on each Sunday afternoon through May 14 with live bonus showings of an event on Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2.

The Dec. 11 event, all the Sunday ones in February and the one on April 16 are listed as live rather than taped showings.

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.