News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 9, 2011

KEGLER'S KORNER: GTHMBA takes interesting new approach to men’s city tourney

Dennis Clark
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — When I served on the Greater Terre Haute Men’s Bowling Association Board many, many moons ago, much discussion was devoted to increasing participation in the annual Men’s City Tournament.

Back in the day, bowling in this annual event was the highlight of the season, an electric atmosphere to this “young” bowler back in the 1970s. Yes, I was once young many, many moons ago.

But sadly, participation has been in a steady decline to the present day, despite many tweaks such as changing the dates, attempts to increase prize money, making tournaments longer, shorter, etc.

This year, the current Men’s Association is attempting a novel approach.

In the past, tournament hosts have been on a rotation basis with all bowling establishments in the GTHBA. This year, the tournament will be competed in ALL the houses at the same time. This year’s “Championship Tournament of GTHBA” will be conducted in your house during league play. And it starts Monday.

The tournament runs for six weeks, from Oct. 10 through Nov. 20., allowing two weeks per event. Singles is Oct. 10-23, Doubles is Oct. 24-Nov. 6 and Team Event is Nov. 7-20.

Here are the other basics.

Teams and doubles teammates must consist of any member in the same league. You can bowl unlimited times (twice in each event) and must be signed up and money paid ($15 per event, $5 All-Events optional) prior to start of league. No post- or pre-bowl will be allowed. Tournament form, money and league scoresheet must be in the envelope.

Vigo Bowl owner Gordon Geckeler has not heard much buzz about this year’s format when I talked with him earlier this week.

Geckeler recalls the heyday of the event, noting league secretaries from the past like Morrie Montgomery, Herschell Bouillez and Paul Ingle entering their entire leagues in the tournament every year.

Geckeler was also concerned that under the current rules, he wouldn’t be allowed to bowl with his usual team in the City Tournament.

We’ll see.

Dropped in at Vigo Bowl on Wednesday to work on a feature story I’ll be penning on the technology of bowling balls which will run later this week.

Visited briefly with my former Indiana State University teammate Rich Bucy, former teammate in the Imperial Classic League, Mike Huberti, former Garfield sharpshooting guard — and now a pretty good bowler — Les King, along with “bowling rivals” Dave Harvey and Tom Barr.

A very good men’s league is bowling at Vigo Bowl on Wednesday, with 18 five-man teams. Barr says the Thursday league is the best in the area currently, with 24 teams. Barr still has it on the lanes at his “advanced” age, rolling a 279 while I was visiting.

The USBC Greater Terre Haute Women’s Association is hosting the Mixed No-Tap Doubles Tournament at Vigo Bowl on Oct. 29-30. Cost is $36 per couple.

Shifts are available at 1 and 3 p.m. on both days. Entrants may bowl as many times as they wish, but can cash only one time with the same partner. Partners may be one man/one woman (mixed) or two women (but not two men).

As always, please send in tournament results, story ideas, any other bowling news to Also, to Vigo Bowl, Terre Haute Bowling Center and Imperial Lanes, please submit bowling league results each week for inclusion in Sunday’s paper.

We’ll be back!

Upcoming Events

Oct. 16

700 Club singles, 1 p.m., at Terre Haute Bowling Center

Oct. 22-23

21st Team Shootout at Terre Haute Bowling Center, For information, call (812) 238-2911