I know that we can't break records forever, and all good things have to come to an end, but I sure hope it lasts as long as possible. To think we are still breaking records is crazy, since we started up 4 years ago. Our formats have adapted with what our members want, but it is clear that their ideas have done a great job to keep us going in the right direction. Prior to this event, the only time we ever got over 100 entries on a non-holiday event, was 2 day events with 6 squads total. However, with 6 squads, 100 entries is only a little over 15 bowlers per squad. This event set a record that we may never break. It not only got 100 entries in 3 squads, but soared past that with a total of 143 bowlers in 3 squads! We also paid out over $6,000.00 in main and side event prizes! It was an incredible event and I can't thank the SFT AHT family for helping us get there!
Wow, what an event! For the first time ever, we almost averaged 50 bowlers per squad! Our highest two squad turn out ever with 88 total entries (57 qualifying entries and 31 economy parlay). The event also had 26 cashers a 1 in 3.3 cash ratio and paid out over $4,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on a pretty tough 32ft Wolf oil pattern that had a lot of hook in the middle part of the lane. It made the middle part of the lane almost unplayable,but a few were able to make it work. We had an awesome turn out of new bowlers with 12 new bowlers bowling in this event. Four of them made the quarter finals (Scott Offenberg, Kayla Endicott, Cody Cowser & Samm Cosby), but we also want to welcome the others who didn't, Carl Ong, Don LaRue, Tim Walcott, Chase Nadeau, Michael Metzler, Michael Wood, and Maggie Martin. We hope all of you had a great time at your first event with us in your first event and look forward to seeing you at your next one!
Our weekend in Laughlin was a great one! We had the biggest turn out for the weekend as a whole, that we have ever had. We had 65 entries for our Sunday standard event, and 39 teams for the criss cross doubles event on Saturday. Both events were bowled on the very difficult 40ft Sphinx pattern. The pattern was very interesting as it allowed players to play from all kind of different angles, but required a very high level of consistency. The average cut scores for the weekend didn’t even require players to bowl their average.
The event this weekend was another great turn out for the 2-squad format. We also added a second check-in person and 30 mins to each squad length to make sure we ran on time and things went great. There were 74 total entries for the day (43 qualifying, and 31 economy parlay), which means there were about 40 bowlers on each squad. There were 22 cashers, a 1 in 3.6 cash ratio, and paid out nearly $3,000.00 in main and side event prizefund. We saw another great balance of entries in all three division, a lot of new bowlers, and some of the new bowlers bowling well and some not bowling well. Things are looking very very good regarding some of the new rules the members voted in for this season.
Our event this Sunday was at Brunswick Via Linda lanes on the 40ft Earl Anthony oil pattern. The pattern had higher scoring then most of other events this year with the average cut score for the event being around +70 which means players had to bowl around 10-15 pins over average per game. The players a variety of shots, but it appeared those that could play around the 2nd/3rd arrow with a little belly had the best ball reaction. The turn out was another good one with 73 entries (44 qualifying and 29 economy parlay), 22 cashers, a 1 in 3.1 cash ratio and paid out nearly $3,000.00 in main and side event prizes.
Well our 2 squad events are going really well. The members are finding them much quicker, allowing them to get together, have some fun, bowl for some real cash and still have some Sunday to do other things. This event we also saw a very good balance of entries per division, with 17 in A, 17 in B and 18 in C. The event as a whole drew 78 entries (52 qualifying and 26 economy parlay) in 2 squads, had 21 cashers a 1 in 3.8 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prizes.
Well, yet again, a new idea from the members seems to be a good one. This was the first standard event we have ever run with only two squads that started at 10am. We didn't know if not having a later squad would really decrease entries, as it may limit when people could find time to come bowl. Surprisingly, we had one of our largest turnouts (per squad) we have seen in quite sometime. The first squad had nearly 50 bowlers on it, and the second squad had a little over 40! I remember when we use to average over 100 entries an event, but that was with SIX qualifying squads over two days of bowling. We are starting to get that many in TWO squads in one day! Can't tell you how awesome it is that our bowling club/family has grown to such a tremendous size and continuous to grow.
Our event was at Brunswick Kyrene this weekend. It drew 81 total entries (52 qualifying entries & 29 economy parlay entries), had 23 cashers, a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prizes. The players bowled on the 39ft Viper oil pattern which had some of the lowest cut scores we have ever seen. The cut scores in the A and B divisons were actually scores that bowlers bowling under their average for series. Anytime people bowling below average make the cut is when the lanes are very difficult. It was extremely important to be a good spare shooter, as there weren't many people stringing the strikes together.
Our event this weekend was quite a bit of a change from our normal event. This event started an hour later, but only had two squads instead of the usual 3. It also didn't feature a re-oil before the quarter finals due to the reduced number of squads. It resulted in squads concentrated with people and a sprint to the quarter finals. It also created for a little bit more of an "in and out" fashion for some as the event didn't take as long as usual. All in all, I think this new format will be a nice addition to our normal format to mix things up a little bit. There won't be too many more events on Saturdays only, but this format will be used more often on Sundays. We are using this format to try and have events at some centers that we normally can't. These centers are much more interested in hosting our events if they don't take up the entire day.
It's hard to believe, but it was our final event of the 2015 season! It definitely didn't disappoint! We crowned tournament champions, season champions and saw exciting finishes. The players bowled on the 39ft Winding Road oil pattern that really allowed people to play a variety of places on the lane. The straighter players seemed to struggle a bit more, but there were some that still made it to the quarter finals. It appeared the best line was a small belly in the 15 to 8 range.