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New bowling league blows tourney cash on island bash.

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Players who sign up for the Bowl to Put-in-Bay Fun Summer Coed League at the Lakewood bar Put-in-Bay today have a chance to snag an overnight trip to the Lake Erie Islands later this summer.

Players must bowl at least three games per week until the end of the season. If they miss a game, they can make it up the following week. In September, bowlers who meet the 36-game requirement win ferry-ride passes from Catawba Island to the real Put-in-Bay. Once there, they’ll barhop to a pizza-and-beer banquet at Frosty’s and then spend the night at the nearby Commodore Resort & Hotel. Folks return to the mainland the next morning. “In a normal bowling league, you’d be splitting up prize money at the end of the season,” says Rob Morrow, owner of the Put-in-Bay bar. “The prize money for this league is a trip to the island.” Morrow named his bar and 10-lane bowling alley after his hometown (he graduated from Put-in-Bay High School in 1987). The club’s interior even boasts cardboard cutouts of island landmarks -- like the Beer Barrel Saloon, the Round House Bar, and Put-in-Bay Marina. Morrow trumpets the city’s reputation as a summertime party destination every chance he gets. “The islands have come a long way in the last 10 years,” he says. “I tell my customers that my bar may be fun, but the real thing is even better.”
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