Montana Bowling Center Tournaments

Kegler 390

Hamilton, MTRavalli Fun Center

This is a Doubles & Singles tournament with a limited handicap.  Bowl 5 games over 10 lanes - throw out (1) worst team (doubles) score.  Games 1, 3, 5 also scored as Singles with 1:5 places paid on Saturday.  Entry fee:  $75 per person ($150 team) which includes your singles entry.  May re-entry fee if spots available.  $1,000 added money minimum.  Shifts:  Sat., Feb 24 @ 9 am ($50 to 1st place), 12 noon, 3 pm.  Fresh conditions before every shift.  Calcutta Auction @ Keglers Pub after last shift.  Top 16 teams advance to double elimination on Sunday @ 10 am.  Brackets and scratch options available as well.  See attached flyer for much more information.

Location: Ravalli Fun Center

Owner: Knut HoelstadAddress: 300 Skeels • Hamilton, MT 59840Phone: 406-363-6172BPAA: MemberLanes: 12

Kegler_390_flyer_2023.pdf

Gary Gerhardt Memorial

This is a one day scratch singles tournament on Sunday, March 17, 2024 that also includes a 3-man scratch sweeper event with 4 shifts the day before on Saturday, March 16.  The singles tournament includes a 4-game qualifying round with a cut to the top 32 followed by one game double elimination match play and then a stepladder final.  There are two qualifying shifts on Sunday at 8 am and 11 am.  Re-entry is allowed if spots are available.  Entry fee is $100.  There is added money in both events.   See attached flyer.  It shows more information including a full explanation of the 3-man sweeper event and how to enter.  This is also the primary fundraiser for the Gary Gerhardt Memorial scholarship fund.  Gary Gerhardt was a long time Bozeman proprietor and owner/manager of Country Lanes.  

Location: The Bozeman Bowl

Owner: Mark and Lori KottwitzAddress: 414 E. Babcock • Bozeman, MT 59715Phone: (406) 586-5018BPAA: Non-MemberLanes: 18

Gerhardt_tourney_flyer_2024.pdf

Women's 500 & 600 Club tournaments

This is a tournament for Montana women only. It is a handicap singles event with an optional Blind Doubles event. A woman must be a member of the Montana State 600 or 500 Club or a National 600 or 500 Club member. If not a member of those respective clubs, membership can be obtained with a one-time membership fee of $5.00 and submitting the respective membership application to the tournament director.

This is a mail-o-graphic tournament, which means that an entrant's scores will be determined by their USBC league scores rolled between Jan. 29 and Feb. 11, 2024. A player may enter in each league in which they have at least 12 games prior to Jan. 29, 2024. Final score verification forms and average must be returned to the Tournament Chairman, Eileen Nelson, by Feb. 19, 2024. Entry deadline is Jan. 22, 2024. A woman can enter in any Montana bowling center as long as that league is USBC certified.

Singles entry fee is $15 per each league entered. Optional Blind Doubles entry fee is $10 per each league entered.

Attached are each tournament's respective entry forms plus the entry form for the National 600 Club tournament.

 

 

 

Womens 500 Club Montana 2024 Entry Form.pdf
Womens 600 Club Montana 2024 Entry Form.pdf
Womens 600 Club National 2024 Entry Form.pdf

2024 Montana USBC Women's Championships

ATTENTION STATE TOURNAMENT BOWLERS:

BOWLERS WISHING TO ENTER ANY OF THE 2024 MONTANA STATE TOURNAMENTS (except Pepsi YBC) WILL HAVE TO DO SO AT THE STATE ASSOCIATION WEBSITE, www.montanausbc.com, on the State Tournament tab.  THIS WILL BE OUR 4th YEAR OF OFFERING ONLINE REGISTRATION STARTING FEB. 1ST.  HOWEVER, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME OFFERING OUR STATE TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION THROUGH THE USBC PORTAL SYSTEM.  THIS IS ALSO THE PREFERRED METHOD OF ENTERING. ENTRY FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN LIMITED SUPPLY FROM YOUR BOWLING CENTER AND ALSO ON THIS LISTING IN LATE JANUARY OR EARLY FEBRUARY. DATES & SHIFTS ARE NOTED AT THE END OF THIS LISTING. PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY CREDIT CARD WHEN REGISTERING TO RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY.  THERE IS NO UPCHARGE

This is the state tournament for ladies. It will run for FOUR (4) weekends starting; April 12, 2024 and end May 5, 2024. Friday night shifts at 6pm will be available every weekend. Entry deadline will be on Sunday, May 5 at start of final scheduled shift.  However, the ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is April 5, 2024.  To enter this tournament after 4/5/24, a person must call the tournament director for reservations.  Every event will be held at Sleeping Giant Lanes in Helena.  Team event will consist of 4-member teams. A person may bowl team an unlimited number of times, but must change at least two members every time. AGAIN this year: Bowlers will be allowed to participate in doubles up to 3 times providing they change partners each time and also enter singles each time. Handicap will be the same as last year at 90% of 225.  AGAIN this year: The entering average will be your 5-year Montana State tournament average (21 game minimum). The updated average list is now available and attached to this listing. If no legal Montana State tournament average is available, then a bowler must use the higher of her 2022-23 end-of-season average or January 1, 2024, average (21 game minimum). Non-Montana residents may participate only if they have a 21-game average in a 2023-24 USBC certified Montana league.

DATES & SHIFTS: April 12 thru May 5
FRIDAYS @ 6 PM (TEAM, DBLS & SGLS)

  • SATURDAYS:  TEAM, DBLS & SGLS @ 9 AM, 12:30 PM, 4 PM
  • SUNDAYS:  TEAM, DBLS & SGLS @ 9 AM, 12:30 PM

2023WomenFinalUnofficialResults3.pdf
2023WomenFinalPrizeListing.pdf
State_Tournament_5_Year_Avg_Report_Dec2023.pdf
MTUSBC_Entry_Form_with_Rules_Womens_2024_final.pdf
MTUSBC_Tny_Standing_Rules-2024.pdf
Colonial_Helena_Ad_-_2024_Womens_State_tny.pdf
Jan1stAvg-updated_2-15-2024.pdf

2024 Montana USBC Youth State Tournament

 

ATTENTION STATE TOURNAMENT BOWLERS:

BOWLERS WISHING TO ENTER ANY OF THE 2024 MONTANA STATE TOURNAMENTS (except Pepsi YBC) WILL HAVE TO DO SO AT THE STATE ASSOCIATION WEBSITE, www.montanausbc.com, on the State Tournament tab.  THIS WILL BE OUR 4th YEAR OF OFFERING ONLINE REGISTRATION STARTING FEB. 1ST.  HOWEVER, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME OFFERING OUR STATE TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION THROUGH THE USBC PORTAL SYSTEM.  THIS IS ALSO THE PREFERRED METHOD OF ENTERING. ENTRY FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN LIMITED SUPPLY FROM YOUR BOWLING CENTER AND ALSO ON THIS LISTING IN LATE JANUARY OR EARLY FEBRUARY. DATES & SHIFTS ARE NOTED AT THE END OF THIS LISTING. PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY CREDIT CARD WHEN REGISTERING TO RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY.  THERE IS NO UPCHARGE

This tournament will be conducted on three weekends: April 13 thru April 28, 2024. Every event will be conducted at Star Lanes in Butte. All shifts will be flex shifts (i.e team event will be conducted along side doubles/singles event at same times). AGAIN THIS YEAR; bowlers will use the higher of their two averages, March 1, 2024 or end of 2022-23 final average. However, if no March 1st average is attained, then averages may be used as of the date bowled providing the minimum number of games is met (Divisions 1-4: 12 games minimum; Division 5: 10 games minimum). The same minimum number games applies to all averages. A division 5 bowler (bantam) is defined as a youth who is age 8 or under as of August 1, 2023. Bantams are allowed to bowl up into divisions 1-4 and are also allowed to bowl in division 5 using separate scores. Again this year a bowler is allowed to enter doubles up to 3 times providing he/she changes partners each time and also enters singles each time. Entries close April 28, 2024.  However, the ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is April 5, 2024.  Persons wishing to enter after 4/5/24 must contact the tournament director for reservations.  Ky Martinich is the tournament director. Although spots may be reserved in advance by calling the tournament director, they are not guaranteed without payment. 

NOTICE:  This year all Bantam division entries cannot be made online.  They must be made by calling the Tournament Director and securing a reservation.  Then, an entry form must be mailed to that director with payment by check preferred.  Credit card payment for Bantam entries is not available.  Also, notice that there are two different entry forms attached - one for Bantams only and one for the other 4 divisions.

TOURNAMENT DATES & SHIFTS: April 13 thru April 28

  • Saturdays @ 10:30 AM, 2 PM, 5:30 PM
  • Sundays @ 9 AM, 12:30 PM

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YouthState2023FinalOfficialResults.pdf
MTUSBC BANTAM Entry Form ONLY 2024.pdf
MTUSBC Entry Form with Rules Youth 2024 final.pdf
YouthState2023ScholarshipRecipients.pdf

2024 Montana USBC Open State Tournament

ATTENTION STATE TOURNAMENT BOWLERS:

BOWLERS WISHING TO ENTER ANY OF THE 2024 MONTANA STATE TOURNAMENTS (except Pepsi YBC) WILL HAVE TO DO SO AT THE STATE ASSOCIATION WEBSITE, www.montanausbc.com, on the State Tournament tab.  THIS WILL BE OUR 4th YEAR OF OFFERING ONLINE REGISTRATION STARTING FEB. 1ST.  HOWEVER, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME OFFERING OUR STATE TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION THROUGH THE USBC PORTAL SYSTEM.  THIS IS ALSO THE PREFERRED METHOD OF ENTERING. ENTRY FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN LIMITED SUPPLY FROM YOUR BOWLING CENTER AND ALSO ON THIS LISTING IN LATE JANUARY OR EARLY FEBRUARY. DATES & SHIFTS ARE NOTED AT THE END OF THIS LISTING. PAYMENT MUST BE MADE BY CREDIT CARD WHEN REGISTERING TO RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY.  THERE IS NO UPCHARGE

This tournament will run for 7 weekends starting April 6, 2024 and ending May 19, 2024. Team event will be at the Elks Lanes and doubles/singles will be held at Little's Lanes in Great Falls. Entry deadline will be on Sunday, May 19 at the start of the final shift.   However, the online entry deadline will be March 29, 2024.  After 3/29/24 entries must be placed by calling the tournament director for reservations. Team event will consist of 4-member teams. A person may bowl team an unlimited number of times, but must change at least two members every time. AGAIN this year: Bowlers will be allowed to participate in doubles up to 3 times providing they change partners each time and also enter singles each time. Handicap will be the same as last year at 90% of 235.  AGAIN this year: The entering average will be your 5-year Montana State tournament average (21 game minimum). The updated list for 2024 is now available and attached to this listing. If no legal Montana State tournament average is available, then a bowler must use the higher of his/her 2022-23 end-of-season average or January 1, 2024, average (21 game minimum). Non-Montana residents may only participate if they have a 21-game average in a 2023-24 USBC certified Montana league.

NOTICE:  THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE OPEN TOURNAMENT WILL ALLOW EARLY ENTRY FROM JANUARY 15-31 FOR TEAM CAPTAINS WITH 6 OR MORE TEAMS.  CAPTAIN MUST CALL OR EMAIL THE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR WITH THE PRECISE NUMBER OF TEAM & DOUBLES SPOTS NEEDED.  CAPTAIN WILL THEN RECEIVE EMAIL WITH LINK TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION WITH ALL DETAILS AND CREDIT CARD PAYMENT.

TOURNAMENT DATES & SHIFTS: April 6 thru May 19

TEAM EVENT:  ELKS LANES

        SATURDAYS @ 10:30 AM, 2 PM, 5:30 PM
        SUNDAYS @ 8 AM, 11:30 AM, 3 PM

DOUBLES & SINGLES:   LITTLE'S LANES

        SATURDAYS @ 8 AM, 12:30 PM, 5 PM
        SUNDAYS @ 8 AM, 12:30 PM

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MTUSBC_Tny_Standing_Rules-2024.pdf
MTUSBC_Entry_Form_with_Rules_Open_2024.pdf
State_Tournament_5_Year_Avg_Report_Dec2023.pdf
Jan1stAvg-updated_2-15-2024.pdf
2023OpenFinalPrizeListing.pdf

2023 Montana USBC Senior State Tournament

2023 Montana USBC Senior State Tournament

                This is a state tournament for men and women, who are 50 years old and up.   There are two divisions – Mixed and Women, and 6 age classifications.  Women may enter either the Mixed division or the Women’s division, but not both.  The age classifications start with E (age 50-54) and ascend in 5-year increments until the Super Senior group (age 75 +).  All divisions are handicapped based on a bowler’s Montana 5-year Tournament Average (21 game minimum) or their 2022-23 year-end final average (21 game min.) if they have no valid Montana tournament average.  All entrants bowl 6 games in two 3-game blocks. 
                Tournament will be held at the Ravalli Fun Center in Hamilton, Montana, starting Friday, Sept. 29 and ending on Sunday, October 15 (3 weekends).  There are a total of 7 shifts each weekend – one on Fridays @ 6 pm, four on Saturdays @ 10 am, 12:30 pm, 3 pm and 5:30 pm, and two on Sundays @ 10 am and 12:30 pm.  Lanes will be stripped and oiled prior to every shift.  Entry fee is $65.
                In addition to a prize fund per division, each age classification winner will receive a paid entry and shirt to the 2024 Senior National Championships at a date and location yet to be determined.
                Please enter online at this same website.  When doing so, you can select your date(s) and shift times in real time.  Entry fees can be paid via credit card, in which there is no upcharge, but must be paid within 14 days of registering.  Or a person can call Knut Hoelstad, the tournament director, at (406) 363-6172 to reserve spots and pay.  But the PREFERRED method of entering by far is ONLINE.
                Please notice two attachments to this listing.  One is the Entry Form, which also has all of the rules on the back page.  Two, the Montana Tournament Average list. 

Location: Ravalli Fun Center

Owner: Knut HoelstadAddress: 300 Skeels • Hamilton, MT 59840Phone: 406-363-6172BPAA: MemberLanes: 12


Seniors_2023_Entry_and_Rules.pdf
State_Tournament_ 5_Year_Average_Report_2023_U3.pdf
2023SeniorFinalUnofficialResults2.pdf
Senior_St_Tny_Prizelist_2023.pdf

Westside Lanes Annual Mixed Doubles Calcutta

This is a handicap mixed doubles tournament with a 3-game qualifying round on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, and match game play on Sunday, Jan. 8, featuring the top 32 qualifying teams from Saturday.  Handicap is based on 80% of a 420 team average based on 2021-22 end-of-season averages.  There will be 3 qualifying shifts on Saturday @ noon, 2:30 and 6 pm with lanes conditioned prior to the noon and 6 pm shifts.  There will be a calcutta auction following the end of the last qualifying shift.  There is added money.  A flyer with more information will be attached soon.

Westside Lanes Super Bowl Swiss Trio Calcutta

This is a trio team event conducted on one day only - February 12, 2023.  There is a 615 team average limit.  Added money.  A calcutta auction will be held before the start of the tournament on Sunday morning.  Call Westside Lanes in Missoula for more information - (406) 721-5263.

MT Big Sky Tour 2022-23

HelenaSleeping Giant Lanes & more

MT Parents of Youth Bowlers and Big Sky Tour Bowlers

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for participating in this amazing sport.  As a new school year approaches, your local youth leagues are gearing up for a new season.  Please reach out to your local bowling center or association and find out when the season starts.  As a Director on the MTUSBC Board and the league advisor to the Big Sky Tour, a youth-run travel league, I want to inform you of all the upcoming events this year.  The Big Sky Tour Board of Directors would also like to invite all youth bowlers to come participate in the Big Sky Tour.  It is a scratch league divided into 3 divisions: a U12 Minion Division, a U15 Jr Division, and a U20 Major Division. We travel to 9 different centers this year between Sept-Mar. We currently have bowlers ages 8 to 19, spanning averages of 89 to 196.  If you are unsure or want more information, talk to any of the youth currently in the league or have your youth come bowl one and experience it for themselves.  If you have any questions about the Big Sky Tour or any other events, please call Terri at her contact information listed below. This is going to be an amazing season so please spread the word so we can open up these opportunities to more youth bowlers in our state. Last year we gave out $10,920 in scholarships to over 50 different athletes in the Big Sky Tour.

 

MT Big Sky Tour Stops 2022-23 (see attachment) - See Hotel discounts for Stops 1-3 further down

U20 Maj Div (Bdays 8/1/2002 to 7/31/2007) :  U15 Jr Division (Bdays 8/1/200 to 7/31/2010) : U12 Minion Division (8/1/2010 or later)

2022-2023 Big Sky Tour Board of Directors (Age)

  • President Jeremy Gallagher (18) - Cut Bank, MT
  • Vice-President Giovanni Zavarelli (18) - Missoula, MT
  • Secretary/Treasurer Elliot Guidry (16) - Billings, MT
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Thomas Bice (18) - Great Falls, MT
  • Jr Division Representative Brek Strobel (14) - Billings, MT

Hotels for Big Sky Tour Stops 1-3 (list is not complete and will update)

  • Stop #1 Bigfork Wood's Bay Mountain Lake Lodge - $134.10 Rate for Sept 24th 
    • (406)837-3800
    • Code: "Big Sky Scholarship Tour" Call by 9-12-22 to get rate (These rooms will go fast)
    • Block of 12 rooms
    • Sat Sept 24th
    • 7.5 miles south of Grizzly Lanes about 12 min drive
    • overlooks Flathead Lake
  • Stop#1 Bigfork's Wood's Bay The Islander Inn - $149 (Most are Queen Bed only but will allow air mattress)
    • (406)837-5472 or (503)438-9711 - Block of 6 Rooms
    • Sat Sept 24th
    • Located right across street from Flathead (literally steps away) and next to restaurants
    • 8.3 Miles south of Grizzly Lanes about 13 min drive
    • Code: "Big Sky Bowling Tour" Book by Sept 3r
    • https://www.sleepeatdrink.com/
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  • Stop #1 Bigfork Timber's Motel - Rate is $203
    • (406)837-6200 - Block of 10 Rooms
    • Sat Sept 24th
    • 3.5 miles south of Grizzly Lanes about 7 min drive
    • Code: Big Sky Bowling Tour Book by Aug 24th
    • https://www.timbersmotel.com/
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  • Stop #2 Glasgow's Cottonwood Inn - $94 for 1 person plus $6 for each additional person
    •  (406)228-8213 Block of 15 rooms
    • Sat Oct 8th
    • Code: "Big Sky Tournament Bowling" Book by Sept 28th
  • Stop #3 Missoula's Comfort Inn on Reserve Inn - Rate is $119
    • (406)508-2440
    • Sat Oct 22nd
    • Code: "Big Sky Tour" - Must book by Sept 22nd or rate jumps to $169

 

Changes to the Big Sky Tour for the 2022-2023 season

  • New U12 Minion division for athletes born 8/1/2010 or later
  • Handicap Brackets for games 1-3 and 4-6 were a hit so definitely bring it back
  •  Entry Increase
    • 1-8 Stops Entry: $40
    • Finals Entry: $50
  • New Centers
    • We are super excited to head Grizzly Lanes in Bigfork under new ownership of Rhino Page and Jeff Heinle, a 20 Lane center that is bringing bowling back to Northwestern Montana.  
    • Town & Country Lanes in Billings is excited to host a stop for the first time ever.
  • New Qualifying Formats
    • 6Gm Qualifying is a new format where each bowler bowls 6 games across several pairs of lanes.  One game one, your starting lane then every game after is right lane moves right, left lane moves left.  Athletes from all 3 divisions may be on the same pair of lanes
    • H2H is the standard 6gm qualify is 3 sets of 2 games head-to-head.
  • New Finals Format
    • Top 8 Low Man Out - Top 8 in each division will be split into an Odd-seeded group (1,3,5,7) and an even-seeded group (2,4,6,8) then athlete still remaining in each group with compete for champion.

Saturday Baker Tournaments - Will coincide with travel stops to reduce extra travel as much as possible while still supporting our bowling centers across our state especially the home centers of Big Sky Tour members.

  • Sat Sept 24th - TBD (Clinic or Baker - Still working details)
  • Sat Oct 8th - Adult/Child Baker
  • Sat Oct 22nd - TBD
  • Nov 5th - TBD
  • Dec 10th -  TBD
  • Jan 7th - Cedar Park Lanes - TBD
  • Feb 4th -  TBD
  • Feb 17th - TBD
  • Mar 4th -  TBD

Other Youth Tournaments 

  • 20th Annual Jr Ringing Ten - Sun Nov 20th, Star Lanes, Butte
  • Wyoming's Junior Bowling Tour/ Jr Gold Qualifier - Dec 4th Fireside Lanes, Billings
  • 37th Annual Master/Masterette's Scholarship Tournament (Handicap & Scratch) Jan 14-15th, Sleeping Giant Lanes, Helena
  • MT Pepsi Youth Bowling Championships - Mar 31 - Apr 2, Sleeping Giant Lanes in Helena
  • MT State Championships - April 15-16, 22-23, Westside Lanes, Missoula

 

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