Our event was at Brunswick Kyrene this weekend, and it was another fun one! The event drew almost 100 entries, and was able to pay the $1,000.00 for first place! It had a 1 in 4 cash ratio and paid out over $4,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on one of the longer oil patterns that we bowl on, the 47ft Scorpion. Most players were very straight, either from the right or the middle of the lane, they didn’t “belly” the ball very much. The key was consistent speed and the ball going fairly straight off the person’s hand.
This weekends event was at AMF Christown Lanes where we featrued our increasingly popular two squad format that is a "in and out" fast format. There is only two squads, and it doesn't feature a re-oil. The event drew a total of 60 entries (39 qualifying & 21 economy parlay), had 20 cashers, a 1 in 3 cash ratio and paid out over $2,500.00 in main and side event prizefund. The players bowled on the 40ft highway to hell oil pattern that was one of the lowest scoring patterns we have seen in quite a while. The average cut scores were all well below +45, which means that players didn't even have to bowl their average to advance to the quarter finals. Players were able to play all parts of the lane, but it didn't seem like the best scores came from players who could play a little further inside with a small belly.
Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Mesa after being moved from AMF McRay. The SFT AHT members did a great job of spreading the word quickly on the location change. We had a great turn out with 93 entries (68 qualifying entries and 25 economy parlay), 26 cashers, a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio, and a payout of over $4,000.00 in main and side event prize money. The players bowled on a 36ft Kegel Boardwalk oil pattern where it's common ot have some higher scores. However, the key to higher scores is getting comfortable playing closer to the gutter then your typical house shot. The pattern certainly seems to fair better for the straighter players, but as always we did have players of all styles in the quarter finals.
What a weekend! The support you all show to compete in our events shines through during events like this one. THANK YOU ALL for making this 3-day weekend action packed from the first squad to the final match.The event as a whole drew 228 total entries (166 Qualifying & 62 Economy Parlay), had 54 cashers, a 1 in 4.2 cash ratio and paid out over $11,000.00 in main and side event prizefund.The pattern that was put out was the USBC Nationals Singles & Doubles pattern and it was challenging to say the least, although the most difficult was on fresh conditions. Out of bounds towards the gutters, with jumpy back ends required smooth rolling bowling balls that didnt want to over react on the backend. As the oil pattern broke down and "opened up," it allowed bowlers to move left and keep their breakpoints around 9-10 board.
We were excited to make our return to Lakeview Lanes after nearly two years since the last time we were there. It was a great turn out as well, with over 30 bowlers per squad and afinal 62 entries for the two squad standard event.The players bowled on the 39ft Winding Road oil pattern which started off a little tricky but quickly opened up and became one of our highest scoring events for the season. There were quite a few players that managed to go more then +150 and the average cut score crept very close to +100 but still hovered around +80. It was also high scoring because it could be played at a lot of different angles. You could play it straight, in the middle or even further left. Really, no matter the style, there was a shot for everyone, which commonly leads to very high scores.
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.