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Looking at the rules for the just completed Metro Detroit City Tournament, I see that it is now (or has been) using a 100% from 230 handicap scale. So, in essence, it's just a Pins Over Average tournament.

Is that really what tournament bowling is coming to?



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That is what hadicap tournaments have always been.  Just 100%
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The reason they do this is because the higher average bowlers won't bowl in anything unless they think they have an advantage.  Just guessing but I bet in the MDUSBC there are at least 2000 bowlers averaging over 220 yet you can't get 100 to bowl in a local scratch tournament.  2000 might be a low estimate. 
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I know Tucson Metro isn't quite Metro Detroit, but around here a handicap city title pays about $150. Are Detroit's prize funds big enough for the top bowlers to be worried about having the handicap advantage? I'd think (like around here) the point of showing up is trying to win a scratch title. Any money is a small cherry on top. 
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I'm sorry that is what I mean you can't get them to bowl in scratch tournaments.  In reality I checked and there are 1,257 over 220.
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The top bowlers in Metro Detroit are at a DISadvantage when the handicap is 100%. The tournament becomes pins over average. With bowling having a set top score of 300, a lower average bowler has a better chance of being over average by a wider margin.

There may be 1,257 bowlers who average over 220 in Metro Detroit, but let's get real. Less than 5% of them know they are good enough to win money in a scratch tournament. The others who enter these tournaments are donators. That includes myself who just likes the challenge. Bowlers know their averages are inflated due to lane conditions. They know that at a tournament on a sport shot they have no chance. The USBC created this scenario. Don't blame the bowlers for not showing up.


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