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South Barrington business holding bocce tournament

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A $15,000 grand prize in a bocce tournament in South Barrington this September is expected to attract players from around the country.

Pinstripes, a South Barrington bowling, bocce, and food and drinks emporium, will host its first bocce tournament beginning Sept. 15, with up to 100 teams competing.

Following modified United States Bocce Federation Open Rules, teams comprised of four members will battle it out during qualifying rounds as they compete for first place. An exhibition with world-class players will be Saturday, Sept. 21, and the championship rounds for the 16 finalists will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, with approximately $27,000 in prize monies at stake.

"We're looking forward to this event as a chance to bring bocce aficionados from around the Chicagoland area, Minneapolis and the country together for this weekend-long event," Pinstripes' founder Dale Schwartz said in a news release. "From the bocce tournament to the wine dinner kickoff event, there is something for players and spectators alike at our 40,000-square-foot venue."

Each match will be played in round robin style following an 11-point game structure.

Team entries must be submitted by Aug. 21. The cost to register is $400 per team, which includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and/or Sunday, depending on location of qualifying rounds.

To register, contact Pinstripes' Event Director Sandie Montgomery at

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