The Bar Stool Open will proceed as planned, rain or shine, at 9 a.m. August 14, 2010. The event is the LIA’s largest fundraiser and all proceeds go toward the effort to save Grand Lake St. Marys. Now more than ever it is important to support this effort to restore the lake as an economic booster, recreation hub and wildlife habitat – and contestants get to have a blast vying for cash and prizes while they play to save grand lake.


The following FAQ answers several questions recently fielded by LIA members.

Will the Bar Stool Open still be held even though state officials have warned the public to have no contact with the lake water?

Yes. The Bar Stool Open is a major fundraiser that significantly contributes toward funding the effort to Save Grand Lake St. Marys. It will be held at 9 a.m. August 14, 2010, rain or shine, as scheduled.

What is the Bar Stool Open?

The Bar Stool Open is a 13-hole mini-golf tournament held at various local venues around Grand Lake St. Marys. Four person teams sign up to compete for the best score by playing a hole of mini-golf at each venue. Teams can win cash and other prizes, with all organizational proceeds going toward the effort to save Grand Lake. A 50/50 drawing raffle will also be held.

How much does it cost to play in the Bar Stool Open?

The entry fee for each four person team is $100, or $25 per person.

What are the Bar Stool Open prizes?

First place, $300; second place, $200; third place, $100; and many prizes donated by local merchants plus a 50/50 drawing raffle.

Will the Pontoon Boat Decorating Contest be held this year?

No, this portion of the event has been canceled due to the current water advisory.

How are teams to travel from one venue to the next?

In the past teams have traveled between venues via boat or automobile. Due to the current water advisory, teams this year are expected to travel by automobile and a Designated Driver is highly recommended for each party. Each venue is being encouraged to offer DD perks such as free food and non-alcoholic beverages; and the LIA will issue wrist bands to Designated Drivers to verify their designation. The LIA is asking everyone to step to the plate to help make this happen and ensure future economic viability as so many businesses rely on Grand Lake St. Marys.

Where does the Bar Stool Open begin, and what venues are involved?

Teams can begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, August 14 at any of the following participating establishments. Final holes must be played by 7 p.m.

  • Celina Eagles

  • Celina Moose

  • Roberts Town Tavern

  • It’s It Bar & Grill

  • Shockers

  • Big Bamboo’s Dockside Grill

  • Shingle Shack

  • Sunnyside

  • Bayview Pub

  • Duckfoot’s Bar & Grill

  • Behm’s Landing

  • Rustic Haven

  • Wooden Eagle

Can my business sponsor the Bar Stool Open?

Yes, the LIA is extremely grateful to all of our sponsors and we’re always excited about welcoming new partners in the effort to save Grand Lake. Please contact Jeff Vossler at 419-305-9995 to become a 2010 Bar Stool Open sponsor.

How can my team sign up to play in the Bar Stool Open?

Simply visit a participating venue and sign up. For more information please visit to read the official flyer.