Tournament Rules

  1. The San Francisco Golden Gate Classic (SFGGC) is a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) certified tournament and is affiliated with the International Gay Bowling Organization (IGBO). It is a mixed competition open to men and women by invitation only and entries can be denied. You must possess a current membership from both organizations. If membership is needed from either organization you may purchase a USBC membership for $25.00 (US) and an IGBO membership for $25.00 (US). Active card-carrying members of the PBA must state so on their entry form. Maximum of 1 PBA member allowed per team. IN THE BEST INTEREST OF TOURNAMENT COMPETITION, THE DIRECTOR(S) RETAIN(S) THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR REJECT ANY TEAM OR INDIVIDUAL.
  2. ENTERING AVERAGE: All bowlers entering SFGGC mush show proof of having an established ten-pin average acceptable to USBC. Proof of average is defined as: 1) credible website with free access (ie,; 2) clear picture or scanned copy of your league sheet; 3) hard copy of a league sheet with name and average highlighted; 4) a signed paper with average from the League Secretary with their name and phone number. The following rules apply when submitting entering average.
    1. Submit the highest average from the following criteria:
      1. USBC 2017-2018 league average (minimum 21 games) (NOT COMPOSITE)
      2. TOURNAMENT AVERAGE (TAD) composite from January 1st, 2016 to present (minimum 18 games).
      3. SPORT BOWLING average per USBC Rule #201c.
    2. All others will enter at 225 (USBC Rule #319b) or the highest tournament entering average if it is higher.
    3. If a bowler has qualified for winnings of $600.00 or more in any tournament not including any side pots (such as brackets, mega brackets, etc.) in the previous 12 months, the actual scores and winnings from the tournament must be reported for possible re-rating. Re-rating must be done before the entrant bowls.
    4. It is the bowler’s responsibility to make sure SFGGC has their correct average based on the rules above regardless of who may have submitted the average for you. Submitting an incorrect average shall be cause for disqualification and forfeiture of entry fees and prize winnings.
    5. The average of any bowler may be adjusted at the discretion of the Tournament Director(s) and we reserve the right to utilize specialty tournaments and events (ie. 5, 8 & 10 game tournaments, Vegas Pot Games, etc.) in adjusting a bowler's entering average. Any average adjustment must be made before the completion of the entrant's first game of competition. Any bowler unwilling to accept the average change will receive a refund, cease bowling and receive a zero score for all games if a qualified bowler cannot be found as a replacement. Team members will NOT receive a refund
    6. SFGGC handicap is based on 90% of the difference between a bowler's entering average and the highest average for the 2019 SFGGC tournament.
  3. There will be NO REFUNDS after acceptance of an entry by the tournament committee. Entries must be accompanied by FULL AMOUNT OF FEES in the form of credit card, Paypal, personal checks, certified checks, or money orders payable to SF Golden Gate Classic to secure your entry spot. Entry fee breakdown:
    1. $99 - Entries received before Dec 15, 2018
    2. $109 - Entries received between Dec 16, 2018 to Jan 20, 2019
    3. $119 - Entries received after Jan 20, 2019
    Personal checks will not be accepted after February 8, 2019. Entries must be POSTMARKED by no later than February 8, 2019 or received by FAX by February 8, 2019. See Rule 2 for additional requirements.
  4. Bowlers may bowl only once in each event. Each event consists of three (3) games, for a total of nine (9) games. Singles and Doubles will be bowled back-to-back.
  5. All claims of error must be submitted, in writing, to the Tournament Director(s) within one (1) hour after the bowler or team has bowled. In matters of dispute, the decision(s) of the Director(s) will be final, unless an appeal is made in accordance with UBSC Rule #329.
  6. Substitutes are able to bowl with the Director(s) approval. Substitutes must register at least one (1) hour before the start of competition and must bowl in the same line-up position as the bowler they are replacing.
  7. Late bowlers will start bowling in the frame they are ready to bowl; prior frames will be scored zero (0). Absent bowlers will be scored zero (0).
  8. Cash prizes: A bowler may win only one (1) special awards prize. Each event has its own prize list, based on at least a 1:10 ratio. All prize fees collected for an event will be returned 100% to the participants of that event. This does not include optional events.
  9. Captains must check-in their teams at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of competition.
  10. Bowlers will not be permitted to practice on their assigned lanes on the scheduled day of bowling. Bowlers will be allowed 10 minutes of practice before the start of each of the three (3) events. All bowling events will be held at TBD.

Scratch Masters Rules

  1. The Scratch Masters, in conjunction with the SFGGC, is an optional mixed competition open to all tournament entrants. The Scratch Masters has a separate entry fee and the amount is based on the division. Prize money for each division consists of the total entry fees received in that division.
  2. Tournament Director(s) may place a bowler into a higher division at their discretion. Any such adjustment will be made before the entrant bowls.
  3. The scratch scores from singles and doubles ONLY from the SFGGC will be used to determine the eight (8) qualifiers and one alternate in each division. Scores DO NOT carry over from the regular tournament. A tie for 8th position is broken by bowling one complete game prior to play to determine the qualifier.
  4. All scores bowled in Scratch Masters and all scores used to determine qualifiers are scratch (no handicap added at any time).
  5. All 8 qualifiers will get 10 minutes of practice on division assigned lanes.
  6. The top eight (8) qualifiers in each division will bowl 3 games each, 2 bowlers on one pair of lanes. After each game bowlers will switch lanes to a different set of lanes in their division (based on scratch masters lane schedule).
  7. The total scratch scores will be added after the first 3 games, 2 bowlers will be dropped.
  8. Game 4 will be bowled with 2 bowlers on each pair of lanes. No scores will be brought forward and all bowlers will start from zero. 2 more bowlers will be dropped.
  9. The last 4 bowlers in each division will bowl Game 5 and will bring no scores forward and will start from zero, 2 bowlers per pair of lanes. The bottom two scores will determine 3rd and 4th place.
  10. Once the final 2 qualifiers are identified in each division they will bowl 2 bowlers per pair of lanes. No scores will be brought forward and will start from zero. The higher ranked bowler from game 5 will choose to finish first or last. They will bowl one game head to head that will determine 1st place by who bowled the highest scratch score.
  11. A lane schedule will be given to each division prior to the start of competition. No exceptions. The bowlers are responsible for checking if they have qualified.
  12. Bowlers must be physically present for check-in thirty (30) minutes prior to the scheduled start of the Scratch Masters competition. A bowler who does not check-in as specified will be immediately disqualified and replaced by the alternate. If the alternate is not present, the spot is filled by the next highest ranking bowler in the division present at the time of check-in.
  13. The match game competition will begin within one hour of the end of team event on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Each Division will bowl on a different set of eight (8) lanes. Bowlers must be physically present for check-in following the Team event, NO EXCEPTIONS.
  14. Any claims of error in the roll-off must be submitted before the start of the next match. Any claim of an error in the final match must be reported with one (1) hour of the completion of the final match.
  15. The Optional Scratch Masters payout will be 100% of the entry fees paid by participants by division. The award ratio for Scratch Masters by division shall be at a minimum of 1 in 2 entries, with a maximum of 6 places paid in each division.
  16. If fewer than 8 bowlers in any Division sign up for Scratch Masters, they will be given the option of having their fee refunded or moving up to the next higher division.
  17. The divisions for Scratch Masters will be posted at registration.