NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. — The Motown Kubb Showdown returns to New Baltimore for a second year, but with a new venue. This time, the scrambler will take place at Walter and Mary Burke Park on the shores of Lake St. Claire. The new spot will feature beautiful views and a lot more visibility to hopefully spread the game.
Like last year, the tournament will use a scramble format. This year’s format has been revamped so that teams of two to three will be created each round with little-to-no repeat partners. Players will scramble randomly for seven rounds, earning points for themselves each game. Then the top eight players will move into the championship group, while the remaining players battle it out in the consolation group. Another five rounds of the now narrowed field will take place. The top four players will then move into the finals, which will be made up of three games where each player partners with the other three. At the end, the top players in each group will be awarded with unique record trophies.
Between qualifying and playoff rounds, the tournament will break for lunch. There are restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the park, but players can also bring their own.
This year, in honor and remembrance of Nancy Jones (enthusiastic kubb player and mother of Bryan and Christopher Jones of Motor City Kubb and Kubb On) as well as Detroit native Aretha Franklin, proceeds from the Motown Kubb Showdown will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation. This is a non-profit organization created to advance science related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of pancreatic cancer, the disease that both women fought hard against.
Throughout the day, there will be a Stevie Wonder Master Blaster challenge where participants will attempt to knock down the most kubbs out of 10 with one baton. Players can attempt this fundraising event as many times as they’d like during the day, with proceeds going towards the Lustgarten Foundation. The overall winner will receive a special award.
The Friday afternoon before the tournament, players are welcome to come practice while the pitches are measured and set up. Following setup, everyone is invited to mingle with drinks and food at nearby Atwater in the Park. Saturday, after the tournament, the plan is to meetup a few blocks away at Fin’s Eatery & Spirits.
Photo courtesy of Eryn Meeker.
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