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Bridgetown Welcomes New Tournament Co-Directors!

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament, its board of directors, and dedicated committee members would like to announce the “passing of the baton” from previous tournament director, Nick Church, to 2019 Co-Directors:

Sam Hull & Kerrie Johnson

The following is from the desk of the co-directors:

We are proud to be a part of this unique organization and serve as your 2019 Co-Directors of the Bridgetown Invitational Tournament! We are excited to be involved in our committee’s continued collaboration efforts, and hope to drive increased participation in support of fundraising for our local events and charities. The strength, unity and camaraderie this community offers is so heartwarming, and being able to give back to the same community that has welcomed us with open arms is such an amazing opportunity!
We look forward to a fantastic 2019 Bridgetown Invitational and hope to see some new and familiar faces!

Both of these individuals have contributed greatly to our planning during the past year and have volunteered to step up and bring you a great tournament experience. The entire Bridgetown committee would like to thank Nick for his leadership through the 2018 tournament year and continued input as we continue planning our sixth annual event on October 18-20, 2019. We’ve got some new tricks up our sleeve this year for an incredible event and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back to the City of Roses in October 2019!

Everything You Wanted to Know About the 2019 Tournament


Thank you all for registering early and helping us fill the house! Keep a lookout for average/tournament confirmation sheets in upcoming weeks. We are looking forward to seeing you all at Kellogg Bowl in October!



What is the cost?:

How do I register?
Registration is Closed.

Can I mail my registration?
No, you must process your registration online, however you may mail your payment to:
Bridgetown Invitational Tournament
P.O. Box 80084
Portland, OR 97280

What is the handicap?
90% of 230 (We have a team average cap this year of 880), those who enter above 230 average receive zero handicap (No negative handicap will apply.)

I won a free entry, what do I do?
Congratulations! Enter your Free Entry Coupon Code on your registration form and your entry fee will automatically be deducted from your total!

Location, Location, Location!
Where will bowling be held?
Kellogg Bowl in Milwaukie, OR!  Click Here

What are the tournament rules?
Click here to view our 2019 Tournament Rules

Do you have a host hotel?
No, we do not have a host hotel, but we have several local spots to suggest in or around the area!
Click here for Local Stay options

What is the schedule of events?
Check-in begins at 615 PM Friday, October 18, 2019
To view our full schedule click here

What are your side-pots?

! (Scratch and Handicap) $5.00 per entry

Optional All Events
$10.00 – A separate pot with 80% payout – Expected Cash Ratio (based on 20 entries) is 1:4 – All Scores, with Handicap or Scratch, qualify to determine the all-events winner!

Morrison Mystery Doubles  –
 Pair up with a mystery date!  $5.00 per entry – A separate pot with 80% payout – Expected Cash Ratio (based on 20 entries) is 1:4 – All of your scores, with all of your mystery partner’s scores, with Handicap, combined to pay out!

Throughout the event, we’ll be running:

The Bridge is Still Standing 50/50 Skill Shot Pot – $1.00 per ticket
How does it work, you ask? If your ticket is drawn, you’ll draw a card between 3-8 — Your task, to win the pot, is to leave that number of pins STILL STANDING (cause in a city of bridges, we’re hoping they never fall down!)  If the person misses, the pot rolls over to the next event. (we’ll draw one chance per event.) If it rolls over all the way to the end of the last event, we’ll draw till someone wins!

Have more questions?
Have you looked here for information?

Question still not answered? Check out our contact page:

Our Fifth Anniversary Tournament

Registration is now closed for our 5th Anniversary Tournament.

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament committee has been hard at work preparing to bring you our best event ever. Traditionally, a fifth anniversary is celebrated by a gift of wood, but this year’s tournament will be on synthetic! We’re crossing the Interstate Bridge this year and going to Crosley Lanes – All bowling will be back to a single house this year and we have a Host Hotel very close to the alley.

More information can be found here


Side Pots!  We’re going to be doing a few fun things this year.  We’ll have the following side pots to try your hand in:

Brackets, Brackets, Brackets!
Optional All Events – A separate pot with 80% payout. All scores, with handicap, to determine the all events winner!
Burnside Blind Doubles – All Events (Pair up with a mystery date!)

And throughout the event, we’ll be running The Bridge is Still Standing 50/50 Strike pot –  How does it work, you ask? If your ticket is drawn, you’ll draw a card between 3-8 — Your task, to win all the monies, is to leave those pins STILL STANDING (cause in a city of bridges, we’re hoping they never fall down!)  If the person misses, the pot rolls over (we’ll draw two chances each game.) If it rolls over all the way to the end, we’ll draw till someone wins!

Our 2019 Award: The MORRISON Bridge


Want this award? Registration opening soon!


This year’s Award is the 6th in the series of Portland Bridges. The Morrison Bridge.

The Morrison Bridge is a bascule bridge that spans the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. Completed in 1958, it is the third bridge at approximately the same site to carry that name. It is one of the most heavily used bridges in Portland. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in November 2012.

The original Morrison Bridge (or Morrison Street Bridge) was a wooden truss swing-span bridge completed on April 12, 1887, as the first Willamette River bridge in Portland and the longest bridge west of the Mississippi River. It was named for the street it carried, which had been named for John L. Morrison, a Scottish immigrant who built the first home on Morrison Street. It was first a toll bridge (rates: horse-drawn rig – US $0.15, team of horses – $0.20, pedestrian – $0.05) but went toll-free in 1895.

The second Morrison was another swing bridge that was built in 1905. It was not designed for automobiles and the 1958 replacement was long overdue.

The first Morrison Bridge carried horsecars starting in March 1888, about a year after the bridge opened. Electric streetcars, introduced in Portland in November 1889, replaced horsecar service on the bridge in stages starting in 1890. Streetcars also crossed the second (1905) Morrison bridge, but not the third (1958), as the last lines of Portland’s past streetcar system had been abandoned by the time it opened.


The I-5 Showdown – It’s a Wrap.

First, Thank you very much for embracing the crazy idea we had. I have heard mostly good feedback and I’m excited to see this crazy thing happen again.

Top 8 Teams (out of round 1):

I-5 Certified vs. Heavy Hittas
Make it Happen vs. Bigger Than Rainier
Southern Sushi vs. Hold Your Horse
The Real OC vs. Monster Squad

Top 4 Teams:

I-5 Certified  vs. Bigger Than Rainier
Hold Your Horse vs. The Real OC

Top 2 Teams:

Championship Match: The Real OC vs. I-5 Certified

Congratulations to The I-5 Showdown Champion:

The Real OC (Oregon)


Finally, As determined by number of individual point wins.

Washington is the overall Points Winner – Final Score:
Washington: 99.5 Points
Oregon: 66.5 Points

Bridgetown Invitational 2018-2019 Charity Partner: Camp KC 

Hi Everyone!

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament is pleased to annouce the selection of our 2018-2019 charity partner:

Camp KC 

Camp KC is a program of Cascade AIDS Project (CAP). As a component of CAP’s year-round Kids Connection program, Camp KC is a great opportunity for children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS to spend a full week together, making new memories, and building trusting and supportive relationships, while enjoying a fun camping experience.

We will be raising funds, awareness, and donations for this project all year and look forward to working with the team to help enrich the lives of the children the camp serves.

For more information on Camp KC and their service mission – please check out:



Organizational Announcement: Bridgetown Annual Meeting

Hey bowlers and friends –

At our Annual Meeting, held March 10, 2018, the Board of Directors held elections for our 2018 – 2020 director positions.

President: Nick Church
Secretary: Wes Risher
Treasurer: Greg Hess

Additionally, we established two new director positions: (which are presently vacant.)

Vice President

If you have interest in serving on the Board of Directors of the Bridgetown Invitational Non-Profit Corporation, please see Nick, Wes or Greg.

Finally, the Board of Directors reviewed, amended, and accepted the following change to the mission statement of the Corporation and the Bridgetown Invitational Tournament:

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament (BIT) exists to foster unity, communication, diversity, and fellowship among individuals and to promote the sport of bowling by enriching the lives of LGBTQ community members, friends, and our allies through social opportunities as a member tournament of IGBO, an international gay bowling organization.

We are continuing to plan a successful and fun Fifth Annual tournament. If you’re interested in helping out please let, Wes, Greg, or Nick know.

Our Present Board and Tournament Committee is here:

Hey Seattle, We Challenge You to a Duel!

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament is issuing the following challenge: Oregon vs. Washington bowlers – On May 19th, 2018 — We’ll see you in Centralia!

Questions should be directed to: Nick –  bitbowlpdx(at)

Registration Status: Registration is NOW CLOSED. 


Welcome to the I-5 Showdown!

The I-5 Showdown will pit 16 teams representing their respective regions (Oregon vs. Washington) in a head-to-head, elimination format. To the victor goes the spoils!

This event will be held on May 19th,  in Centralia, Washington at Fairway lanes!

With a maximum 16, four-person, teams (8 from each side) this event is sure to sell out quickly. We know you’ll want to be a part of this inaugural competition!

Rules and format can be found here:

Registration can be found here:

Bridgetown Donation to Friends of Trees

Hello Bowlers and Friends!

Now that we’ve wrapped up our 2017-2018 fiscal year for the tournament, we have been able to determine our donation to our 2017-2018 charity partner, Friends of Trees.  We presented Friends of Trees with a check for $1,000.

Friends of Trees is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Their mission: to inspire community stewardship of our urban forest by bringing people together to plant and care for urban trees and natural areas.

For more information about Friends of Trees, please check our their website:

Stay Tuned – We have determined our 2018-2019 charity partner and will be annoucing that soon!


2017 Tournament Wrap!

First, we want to thank everyone who attended the Bridgetown Invitational Tournament this year. We hope you had a fantastic time!

Secondly, thank you for making our event a success.

Third, planning is already underway to make our 5th anniversary tournament bigger and better! You can help by taking our survey!

Fourth, results from the 2017 tournament have been published here:

Finally, Your team photos can be found here: — We will do this again!