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Our event this weekend was at Bowlero Kyrene and it would kick off the start of the 2021 Fall Quarterly Circuit. Our season points race, to determine our Player of the Year, is also broken into quarterly circuits with prizes awarded for the Top 4 bowlers in each quarter. We had a lite turnout considering there were three other events going on throughout the Valley and especially with the AZ Cardinals starting off so hot this year. We had 71 total entries (38 qualifying & 33 economy parlay) for 3 squads, with 21 prize winners and a 1 in 3.38 cash ratio. We paid out over $3,600 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a pattern we don’t use often that is a tough one to get used to. The PBA pattern Badger that is 52 foot in length. This is the longest oil pattern used in competitive play and “hooking” your ball into the pocket isn’t really an option at the beginning.
Our event this weekend was at Bowlero Glendale. This was our last tournament for the 2021 Summer Quarterly Circuit and we had a nice turnout for a two-squad event considering that we were bowling on a busy Saturday morning. We had a total of with 69 entries for the event (43 qualifying and 26 economy parlays) and had 23 total cashers, a 1 in 3 cash ratio and paid out over $3,600.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on the 43ft PBA Earl Anthony oil pattern that was being used for the first time. The pattern played a bit tricky with all bowlers being able to play a variety of angles. It seemed that those that could stay clean and out of trouble were able to score higher.
Our event this weekend was at AMF McRay lanes and had a nice turnout for a two-squad event considering that there was scratch event going on at the same time and also the first Cardinals home game of the year. We had a total of with 68 entries for the event (41 qualifying and 27 economy parlays) and had 22 total cashers, a 1 in 3.1 cash ratio and paid out over $4,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on the very difficult Kegel 40ft Red Square oil pattern. This is Kegel’s version of the original U.S. Open pattern or the more commonly known PBA Bear oil pattern. It is a very flat oil pattern that leaves practically no room for error and puts a premium on shot making and spare shooting. Since it’s not an extremely long or short oil pattern, players could play in many different places on the lane.
This weekend’s event was our 3-Day Labor Day Major at Bowlero Via Linda. This is the first time that we have been to this center for a Major and we would see 254 total entries with 170 qualifying and 84 parlay entries this weekend. We can’t thank the bowling community enough for all the help in making this such a successful event. The event had 66 cashers, a 1 in 3.84 cash ratio and paid out over $18,500.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a 39ft Stars & Stripes oil pattern that proved to be playable but very tough if they were broken down wrong. It seemed that some bowlers matched up well and others…not so well. It would put a premium on avoiding splits and picking up spares. The scores were pretty much on par with bowlers only needing to get 10 pins above average to make the cut. The scores were a bit higher on Saturday and Sunday for the B Division, but it seemed that with each strip and re-oil, the pattern played truer and truer and got harde
Our event this weekend was at Bowlero Mesa and even we had a pretty good turnout. We had 116 total entries (78 qualifying and 38 economy parlay), with 28 cashers a 1 in 4.14 cash ratio, paying out over $7,200.00 in main and side event prizes! The players bowled on the 38ft Atlanta pattern that proved to be very difficult. The cut scores were all very low being around +20, which means the players just needed to bowl near their average for series to advance. The pattern did allow for players to play a variety of angles though and the key for the day was minimizing mistakes and making spares!
Our event this weekend was at Bowlero Kyrene and it was our first tournament back after a two-week break. We had a huge turnout with 161 entries (106 qualifying and 55 economy parlays) with 39 cashers, a 1 in 4.12 cash ratio and paid out over $9,000.00 in main and side event prize funds. Our first squad of the day had a record 69 bowlers, which is amazing to see! The players bowled on the 42ft PBA Scorpion oil pattern that played pretty tough for most of the day but the lanes would open up later in the day. There were some higher scores but for most of the day bowlers were able to play a variety of angles on the pattern. The cut scores stayed around +60 for most of the day, which meant that you had to bowl about 10-15 pins over your average per game to qualify.
Our event this weekend was at Glenfair lanes and we had a pretty good turnout considering we haven’t been here in almost a year! We had 92 total entries (62 qualifying and 30 economy parlays) with a cash ratio of 1 in 3.83 and paying out over $5,500 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers played on a very difficult 37ft Kegel Radium oil pattern, that is a bit short and flat, saw some pretty low-cut scores. The average cut to make it to the quarterfinals was about even, which meant that you just had to get close to your average to move on. Shorter patterns have always been very difficult at this bowling center. For whatever reason, regardless of the oil pattern, the gutters have always been a bit out of play and don't have a lot of reaction off of them. Because of this, shorter oil patterns are extremely difficult. The key this weekend was definitely spares!
Our event this weekend was at AMF Chandler lanes! We had a great turnout with 111 entries (66 qualifying entries and 45 economy parlay), 28 cashers, a 1 in 3.96 cash ratio and paid out over $5,700.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the old 35ft PBA Cheetah oil pattern that provided higher cut scores than usual. Cheetah tends to be one of the easiest sport patterns, as it allows players to get some free hook on the gutter which is similar to the house shot. However, it is still a sport pattern, and isn't a walk in the park. There isn't a lot of oil in the middle of the lane, like a house shot, so you have to get it to the outside friction or the ball will run high in the pocket.
Our event this weekend was at AMF Mesa lanes and we had a good turnout for our 2 squad event! We kicked off the 2021 Summer circuit with 95 total entries (59 qualifying and 36 parlays), 25 cashers, and 1 in 3.8 cash ratio and paid out over $4,400.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on a 32ft PBA Wolf oil pattern that was very demanding. The key for success was to make spares as most bowlers were able to advance to the quarterfinals by shooting their average. This put a premium on spare shooting. The oil pattern saw a lot of friction on the first squad and if you could just leave something makeable, then you were good. As the day wore on, we saw the oil move from down the lanes due to all the urethane being used and scores increased for the second squad of the day.