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AMF Mesa - 8/12/18

This weekend’s event was at AMF Mesa Lanes. It has been awhile since we have had an event at this center. The event drew 90 total entries (59 qualifying and 31 economy parlay), had 26 cashers, a 1 in 3.4 cash ratio and paid out over $4,200.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a 35ft boardwalk oil pattern that played a lot harder than usual. This pattern can tend to be high scoring, because it allows some miss room to the right if the player is able to get far enough to the right. That did exist on some of the pairs here, but other pairs didn’t have it.  So bowlers experienced a different look from pair to pair and lane to lane.  The average cut scores for the weekend were around +30 even though it was a shorter easier pattern.

Lakeview Lanes - 8/5/2018

Our event this weekend was at the beautiful Lakeview Lanes in Sun City. Many competitive bowlers in the valley have never bowled at this center because of it being located further away and in a retirement community. Because the nature of this center is to be an ammenity for the retired community, the prices are low, food is great and service is top notch. They always keep the establishment well kept and well staffed. We were worried about a lower turn out because of "Bowler Day" at the Diamondbacks game and because Lakeview is so far away for most. Well, the opposite happened! We had one of our best turnouts for a two squad event! We had 78 total entries through two squads, which is almost 40 bowlers per squad! Of that 78, 58 were qualifying entries, we had 22 cashers a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. 

AMF Union Hills - 07/28/18

Our event this weekend was at AMF Union Hills.  We had another great turn out with 83 total entries (57 qualifying and 26 economy parlay), 25 cashers, and a 1 in 3.3 cash ratio and paid out over $3,850.00 in main and side event prize funds!  The bowlers played on one of the longer oil patterns that we use, Kegel Eiffel Tower.  It is 48 ft. long, but for the distance it is very thin ratio. This means, while there isn't a lot of hook on the back end, the oil starts to go away in the mid-lane and the ball starts hooking earlier and earlier without a lot of games bowled on the pattern. This normally gives players that are comfortable playing the deep inside lines a bit of an advantage and that is how this event played out as well for the most part.

AMF Tempe Village - 7/22/18

Our event this weekend was at AMF Tempe Village lanes! We had another great turn out with 95 total entries (66 qualifying and 29 economy parlay), 25 cashers, 1 in  3.8 cash ratio and paid out over $4,000.00 in main and side event prize fund! The players bowled on a 36ft Phase 1 oil pattern that played very difficult. This was because the middle of the lane played like a shorter pattern, but the outsides did not. The outside part of the lane seemed to want to hang or not have as much reaction off of them. This kept scores very low with the average cut scores not requiring players to bowl over average by very much. There weren't any players that bowled over +100 and the average cut score was around +30.

Brunswick Desert Sky - 7/15/2018

Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Desert Sky lanes and had good turnout.  We had 85 total entries (58 qualifying & 27 economy parlay) for 3 squads, 26 prize winners and a 1 in 3.3 cash ratio. The players bowled on the 43ft Dean Man’s Curve oil pattern that is normally a very difficult to play.  Players had trouble playing on the outside of the lane and on some pairs, there wasn’t a lot of margin of error when playing inside.  Moving pair to pair there were big differences.  This was due to the bowling center’s older lanes which had a lot of friction, but once the oil pattern started to break down, then scores went through the roof.

We want to welcome Martin Grams, Jerome Robinson and Jericho Gaydos to the SFT AHT family! We hope you guys all had a good time in your first SFT AHT event.  There were no parlay power players this weekend, which just goes to show you how difficult it was to bowl consistently.

Brunswick Mesa - 7/1/18

Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Mesa lanes. This was the first event of our 2018 Summer Circuit and the event had a great turnout with 101 entries (67 qualifying entries and 34 economy parlay), 29 cashers and 1 in 3.5 cash ratio and paid out over $4,500.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a very difficult 40ft PBA Bear oil pattern that had some of the lowest scores of the season. The pattern allowed players to play from any angle, but the key was trying to make high quality shots and to make your spares. There were quite a few people who thought that the scores would maybe go up the last squad as the lanes would have some more play on them by then. However, this didn’t happen at all, as the cut score stayed pretty much the same in all three divisions from squad 1 to squad 3.

Brunswick Tri-City - 6/24/18

Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Tri-City lanes. The event drew 89 total entries (63 qualifying & 26 parlays), had 28 cashers, a 1 in 3.2 cash ratio and paid out over $4,400.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on the PBA 45ft Dragon oil pattern that played very tricky for all bowlers.  We did have a few that matched up well and were able to produce some high scores on the fresh and then struggled as the lanes tightened up with carry down in the following squads. Most players were playing straight at the headpin or just left of 3rd arrow and it seemed that the players that could repeat their shots had a little better chance at putting together good games.  This was a change of pace since the last two tournaments had very high scores.

AMF Chandler - 6/16/18

Our event this weekend was at AMF Chandler lanes. The event drew 94 total entries (63 qualifying & 31 parlays), had 24 cashers, a 1 in 3.9 cash ratio and paid out over $4,400.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on the PBA 52ft Badger oil pattern that had matched up well with some bowlers to produce some very high scores on the fresh and then scoring increased on the next squad. Most players were playing straight at the headpin or just left of 3rd arrow and it seemed that the players that could control their ball speeds or had a higher rev rate faired the best throughout the day. It was a quirky pattern and was a change of pace for the regulars who haven’t bowled on a long pattern in a while.

Brunswick Via Linda - 6/10/2018

Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Via Linda lanes. The event had a great turnout with 98 entries (68 qualifying entries and 30 economy parlay), 27 cashers and 1 in 3.4 cash ratio and paid out over $4,500.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on a very easy 39ft Don Carter oil pattern that had some of the highest scores of the year. High scores normally create two things very exciting bowling because of the striking and also very frustrated competitors. Bowling extremely well, shooting high scores to only miss the cut is one of the most frustrating things a tournament bowler can experience and that definitely happened this week. The average cut scores for the weekend were +82, which may not sound that high, but there were certain players in the field that really matched up well and bowled some huge scores.

AMF Desert Hills - 6/3/18

This weekends event was at AMF Desert Hills. It has been awhile since we have had an event at this center. The event drew 80 total entries (55 qualifying and 25 economy parlay), had 24 cashers, a 1 in 3.4 cash ratio and paid out over $4,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on a 35ft boardwalk oil pattern that played a bit harder then usual. This pattern can tend to be high scoring, because it allows some miss room to the right if the player is able to get far enough to the right. That did exist on some of the pairs, but other pairs didn’t have it. It seems that the longer and longer that centers have these same lane beds, the topography across the house gets more and more different. This causes the differences from pair to pair to be larger.