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Motown Clash brings bowling battle to Madison Heights

By |2018-01-16T12:38:03-05:00February 4th, 2010|News|

A favorite pastime for the local LGBT community just got a little personal, and bragging rights for the top LGBT bowling league are up for grabs during the “Motown Clash – Battle of the Leagues” 9-Pin No Tap singles tournament.
One part of the event gives league officers from six Michigan LGBT leagues the opportunity to compete in teams to determine the best among them. The other part allows all bowlers to compete as individuals in the No Tap, an event which scores a strike when nine pins are knocked down on the first ball.
“There is a lot of friendly trash talking among the competing league officers,” said Rob Raymond, International Gay Bowling Organization Representative from the BTI Sunday Mixed League. “It’s all done in good spirit and it helps inspire everyone to bowl their best. Whether it’s the league to league competition or the individual competition, we all have a great time.”
The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Fairlanes Bowl in Madison Heights. Registration begins at 7:30 p.m. and bowling at 9 p.m. The cost is $20 per person and includes raffles, prizes and cash payouts for top place finishers. Bowlers of any skill level are invited to compete.
In the team competition, representatives from The Rainbow League in Ypsilanti, Wednesday Pride and Westside Sunday Mixed Leagues in Livonia, Metro Detroit Friday Night Mixed in Warren and the BTI Sunday Mixed in Madison Heights were invited to compete. In addition, officers from the Sunday and Monday Grand Rapids Leagues will join together to form a single Grand Rapids team.
The event is an annual fundraiser for the Motown Invitational Classic, Michigan’s largest LGBT bowling tournament that attracts more than 200 bowlers from across the country every October.
“We encourage everyone to come out and join us for this year’s ‘Motown Clash,'” said Bruce Van Dike, co-director for the Motown Invitational Classic. “Whether you’re there to cheer on your favorite team or enter in the competition, you’ll have plenty of fun and will make many new friends along the way.”
This year, the MIC Tournament celebrates its 25th anniversary and committee members have recently announced Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park will be the host lanes for their 2010 competition. MotorCity Casino Hotel returns as the presenting sponsor and will be this year’s host hotel and venue for the tournament banquet.
For more information regarding the Motown Invitational Classic, and to find a local LGBT bowling league, visit http://www.mictournament.org.

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