The 32nd annual Fort Lauderdale Invitational Regional Tournament (FLIRT), affiliated with the International Gay Bowling Organization (IGBO), will be held from Friday, January 17, through Sunday, January 19, at Sawgrass Lanes (8501 N. University Dr., Tamarac).
Dozens of people and teams from throughout the country will be competing in various categories, such as no-tap (in which a bowler is given just one ball to knock down nine pins, and if nine pins are knocked down, it is treated as a strike), as well as standard rules bowling with single competitors, two-, three- and four-person teams.
The host hotel for this year is the Westin Fort Lauderdale, located at 400 Corporate Dr. (954-772-1331). On Thursday, January 16, the night before registration, there will be a party at 13|EVEN (2037 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors). They will be hosting a cocktail hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner from 6:30 to 9:30.
There will be a welcome lunch on Friday, January 17 at Flip Flops Dockside Eatery (3051 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for all tournaments will occur at Sawgrass Lanes, starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. For people wishing to compete in the No-Tap Tournament, bowling starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. Later on, Sidelines Sports and Video Bar (031 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors) will host the official kickoff party, from 9 p.m. to close.
On Saturday, January 18, check-in at Sawgrass Lanes starts at 9:30 a.m., with the singles event occurring from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the doubles event starting at 1:30 p.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. The host restaurant for Saturday night dinner is Rosie’s Bar and Grill (2449 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors), where competitors will gather for a fun meal together from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. After nine, there will be another party, this time at Village Pub (2283 Wilton Dr.).
On Sunday, January 19, the last day of competition, bowlers check in once again at 9:30 in the morning. The team event starts at 10 a.m. and continues on until 12:30 p.m. If you have registered for the scratch master game, the check-in for that is 12:30, with that event starting at 1 p.m. By late afternoon, everyone will be back at the Westin Hotel for the cocktail reception (5:30 p.m.) and awards ceremony (6 p.m.). After the awards are given out, a wrap-up party will be held at Village Pub from 9 p.m. to close.
If you’d like to register to play, the FLIRT schedule is currently full, but you can still put your name on the waiting list should there be any vacancies closer to the tournament weekend. Feel free to e-mail FLIRTbowl@gmail.com to have your name added to the waiting list.
Sponsors of the 32nd annual Fort Lauderdale Invitational Regional Tournament include Sidelines Sports and Video Bar, Rosie’s Bar and Grill, Village Pub, Westin Hotels, 13|EVEN, City Furniture, Winn-Dixie, NamaStacy Yoga, New Moon, Best Travel & Tours, The Grand Resort and Spa, Sun Casket, Cardinal Casket Company, Promotional Breezes and Storm Bowling Products, in cooperation with the IGBO Southern Region and Sawgrass Lanes.