It was only about 9 days ago that we spoke with Glenfair Lanes and decided we were going to try having the Memorial Day major event. Of course we were worried about a laundry list of things. Some obvious things like concerns around COVID and if we’d even have a large enough turn out worth the time and energy of trying. Boy are we glad we took the risk and the challenge on of having the event. The entire weekend felt like a reconnecting and rekindling of many friendships and social circles. The COVID precautions slowly became a thing in the background and many people began to really enjoy being together again and bowling like they used to.
Our event this weekend was at AMF Union Hills lanes and it was our second Saturday event of 2020. With all the craziness going on out in the world it was a nice time to relax, have some fun and bowl. We had a great turnout with 92 total entries with (64 qualifying entries & 28 economy parlay entries) which is probably one of our highest turnout for a Saturday event in a while. We had 26 total cashers, a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio and paid out over $4,600.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on a 43ft Mexico City oil pattern, which started with higher scoring on the fresh pattern, but the scoring pace remained the same for all three squads with the average cut being around +40 for all three divisions.
Our event this weekend was a huge one! 114 entries with 78 qualifying entries, and 36 economy parlay entries! We not only paid out $1,000.00 for first, but also increased the semi-final checks to $180 and 3rd place to $400! The players bowled on a very difficult 48ft Eiffel Tower pattern that forced players to play the lanes pretty straight due to a lack of friction which comes from such a long oil pattern. Seemed like players of all styles could find a line. If they were more speed dominant, they were right of the 3rd arrow pointing it at the pocket. As the player became more and more rev dominant, they would play the lanes further and further left, but still be aiming at the pocket pretty much.
Our event this weekend was at AMF Tempe Village and it was a BIG ONE! We had a huge turnout with 117 entries through 3 squads, which consisted of 78 qualifying entries and 39 economy parlay entries. This created a huge payout of over $6,000.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on a very tough 45ft PBA Dragon oil pattern that forced most players to play the middle part of the lane. It was very difficult to play to the right unless you were pointing it right at the head pin. Most of the player’s that had success were in around the 3rd and 4th arrow. The cut scores for the weekend were around the +40 range which only requires bowling a little bit over average for the 3-game set.
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 the way to Sun City. We had members from as far away as East Mesa and Tucson 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 bowling center. 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 57 total 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 bowling centers that we go. The players bowled on the new Kegel Element 42ft Chromium oil pattern that was very playable from multiple angles. We would see very high scores across all 3 Divisions and would result in the highest scores we’ve seen all season.
After a nice two week break our event this weekend was at Mesa East Bowl. It was a two-squad standard and sometimes that means less entries since there aren’t as many squads. Well it was jam packed with almost 50 bowlers per squad! We had great turnout for our first 2 squad event of the year with a total of 101 entries (57 qualifying and 44 economy parlay), 26 total cashers, and a 1 in 3.9 cash ratio and paid out over $4,200.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a very tough 42ft Kegel Autobahn oil pattern that had low cut scores to begin with, but once the pattern broke down scores went up. Most divisions took in the +60 range to advance. The medium length pattern allowed players to play a variety of angles including down and in and deep inside angles, but if you got it a little too far outside, then your ball wouldn’t come back or would leave a washout.
Our event this weekend was a huge one! 129 total entries with 84 qualifying entries and 45 economy parlay entries with a payout of over $6,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The event had a cash ratio of 1 in 4.1 and paid out a first-place prize of $1,100.00!
The players bowled on a Bear oil pattern that wasn’t easy by any means, but also wasn’t incredibly difficult. It appeared that many of the players that were able to get inside and slow curve it from left to right started to do well as the squads and games went on. The average cut scores for the event were around +40 to +50. This mean the players were basically just needing to bowl average to make the cut.
Our event this weekend was at AMF McRay and drew 110 total entries (72 qualifying and 38 economy parlay), had 28 cashers, a 1 in 3.9 cash ratio and paid out over $5,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on a 35ft Boardwalk oil pattern that played a bit harder than usual. This pattern can tend to be high scoring, because it allows some miss room to the right if the bowler is able to get far enough to the right. That did exist on some of the pairs, but other pairs didn’t have the same look. The scores on the fresh pattern were a bit low but scoring exploded in the later squads with most bowlers shooting close to +70 to make the cut.
Our season opener of 2020 was an awesome one! We were at Bowlero Via Linda and we had 100 entries, 27 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 40ft Athens pattern that was very misleading. Many of the bowlers would think they had it figured out and had a good shot and then they would move pairs and find it hard to find that same shot again. Because the pattern wasn't very long or very short, it allowed players to attack it from all angles. We had straighter players do well and players that like to cover more boards and curve it more. It was a great turnout and a lot of fun in our season opener.
Our event this weekend was at AMF Chandler Lanes on the 35ft Cheetah oil pattern! It was our final standard event of the 2019 season, and we were happy to see the SFT AHT family come out and support the last event regardless of everything going on this time of year. The event had 95 total entries (66 qualifying entries & 29 economy parlay entries), 26 prize winners, a 1 in 3.65 cash ratio and a payout of over $5,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The cheetah pattern had some high scores at time and even one bowler (Ron Gonzales) who ran the front 10 of the first game of the quarterfinals, but not everyone was able to do that so the cut scores in general were not that crazy considering this is normally a higher scoring sport pattern. The average cut score for the day was around +42 which isn't insanely high, considering there were a few people who went over +100 for their 3 games. These short patterns very commonly seem to work out like that.