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2020 BIT Tournament cancelled

The Bridgetown Invitational Tournament Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 tournament this October. The uncertainties are too high to successfully plan, fund raise, and execute a tournament to the standards we strive to create. Please watch for fundraising events in the Fall and Spring. We HOPE to host the I-5 Challenge in April 2021. We will do our best to hold additional fundraisers as is possible. Stay safe, stay healthy and remember this too shall pass. We will miss all of you this Fall.


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!

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!

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!