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Brunswick Mesa - 4/14/19

This weekend’s event was at Brunswick Mesa lanes. We had a great turnout today with a total of 123 entries (67 qualifying and 56 economy parlays) and a record breaking 64 bowlers on the first squad!!  We had 34 cashers and a 1 in 3.61 cash ratio that paid out over $5,000.00 in main and side event prize funds.  The players bowled on the 42ft Tokyo oil pattern. It was a medium to long oil pattern and almost played like a house shot on the fresh, but the lanes transitioned very quickly.  Bowlers that could move inside and use their rev rate could continue to play along the track which resulted in higher cut scores.

Brunswick Kyrene - 4/7/19

Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Kyrene lanes! We had a nice turnout with 83 entries (59 qualifying entries and 34 economy parlay), 28 cashers, and a 1 in 2.97 cash ratio and paid out over $4,500.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a different version of the PBA Cheetah oil pattern that was a little longer at 37ft instead of the traditional 35ft length.  The Cheetah pattern tends to be one of the higher scoring sport patterns, as it allows players to get some free hook on the gutter which is like a 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 players tend to play this pattern outside early to allow the ball to roll more vs. trying to hook the ball down lane.

AMF Chandler - 3/31/19

Our event this weekend was at AMF Chandler Lanes.  There was a total of 106 entries (70 Qualifying Entries & 36 Economy Parlay) with 27 prize winners, and a 1 in 3.9 cash ratio, paying out just over $4,100.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 48ft Eifel Tower oil pattern. The scoring pace for the pattern was medium to high, with the inside part of the lane seeming to be the area where bowlers were able to score the most.  Those playing the outside part of the lane found it very unforgiving. 

AMF Union Hills - 3/23/19

Our event this weekend was at AMF Union Hills and we had a good turnout for being our first Saturday event of the 2019 Season.  We had 95 total entries (67 qualifying & 28 economy parlay) for 3 squads, 28 prize winners and a 1 in 3.4 cash ratio, paying out over $5,700 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 40ft Dean Man’s Curve oil pattern that was a very difficult pattern to play. Players had trouble playing on the outside of the lane and there wasn’t a lot of margin of error when playing inside.  Also, pair to pair were big differences, but once the oil pattern started to break down in the later squads, then scores started to pick up.

Glenfair Lanes - 3/17/19

Our event this weekend drew 103 entries (66 qualifying and 37 economy parlay), had 28 cashers, a 1 in 3.67 cash ratio and paid out over $4,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on a very difficult 32ft Wolf oil pattern. We put this pattern down at least once a year at Glenfair because of how hard it plays. It helps bowlers experience and learn from a very different situation than your typical league situation. It no longer is about making the right decisions to increase the chances of striking, it's about making the right decisions to increase the chances of not having open frames. The tournament today was very much about controlling the pocket and leaving make able spares and then being able to consistently making those spares. The average cut score for qualifying was -15 and for most bowlers if they bowl their average they will be around +20, so you could bowl below your average this weekend and actually make money! Pretty crazy! 

AMF Mesa - 3/10/19

Our event this weekend was at AMF Mesa lanes, which we hadn’t been at in a long time and it showed! The bowlers were ready to come out and bowl in this center again! We had a great turnout with 130 total entries (87 qualifying entries & 43 economy parlay entries) 35 total cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and paid out over $6,900.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on a 43ft Mexico City oil pattern, which started with higher scoring than we had seen on a fresh pattern, but the scoring pace remained the same for all three squads with the average cut being around +60 for all three divisions.

Lakeview Lanes - 3/3/19

Our event this weekend was at Lakeview Lanes in Sun City, AZ! While this isn't always the most convenient for the SFT regulars, many of them still make the drive all they way to Sun City. We had members from as far away as East Mesa and Tucson, Arizona that came to bowl the event. The members love how clean and well kept the center is, and they like that it is a little smaller and more quaint. In most cases we fill the entire center each squad, and so it feels like the house is there for our tournament only. The event drew 80 entries in 2 squads which is a great turnout for being in a place that isn't as centrally located as some of the other places we go. The players bowled on a very difficult 36ft stockholm oil pattern that had very low scores. The average cut score ended up taking scores that required bowling 5-10 over your average per game.

AMF Chandler - 2/24/19

This weekend’s event was at AMF Chandler Lanes.  The event drew 104 total entries (68 qualifying and 36 economy parlay), had 29 cashers, a 1 in 3.6 cash ratio and paid out over $5,100.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a 44ft London oil pattern that played a lot tighter on the fresh, but once the pattern broke down, scoring sky rocketed.  We haven’t bowled on this pattern in quite a while, but the key was to get your ball into a roll and play a little straighter along the track.  Those that could do that were able to take advantage of the pattern.  We saw the average cut scores for the weekend were higher with the average cut being around +60 to qualify.  The winner of the free plastic bowling ball, with an option to upgrade to any high performance Track ball for $85.00, was Stefan Hilbig.

Brunswick Desert Sky - 2/17/19

Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Desert Sky lanes. It drew 81 entries (55 qualifying and 26 economy parlay), had a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio and paid out over $3,500.00 in main and side event prize fund! The players bowled on the 41ft WTBA Montreal Oil Pattern that seemed to be moderately difficult on the fresh, but as games were bowled it was pretty clear that they got very easy, at least for a sports pattern. It is rare to see sets that are +100 or more and we saw several today. It seemed to be most often from the bowlers that are able to open the lane up and curve it a bit more. The average cut scores were nearly +80 which required bowling bowling at least 20 pins over average per game. 

Brunswick Mesa - 2/10/2019

We had a huge turnout today with 142 entries (88 qualifying entries and 54 economy parlay entries), a 1 in 4 cash ratio and paid out over $6,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on a very tough 37ft Melbourne oil pattern that took an average cut score of +24 to advance to the quarter finals, which meant if you barely bowled your average each game you would still have made the cut! The players mainly played the outside part of the lane on the fresh, but as the day went on there were more players that were able to move to the inside part of the lane. Even in the later squads, the majority of players still played right of the 2nd arrow, but the scores didn’t really go up at all the last squad.