Our event this weekend was at AMF McRay lanes and had a great turnout for a two squad event with 80 entries for the event which is about 40 bowlers per squad. The 80 entries had 23 total cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and paid out over $4,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on the very difficult Kegel 40ft Red Square oil pattern. This is Kegels version of the original US Open pattern or the more commonly known PBA Bear oil pattern. It is a very flat oil pattern that leaves practically no room for era and puts a precedence on shot making and spare shooting. Since it’s not a extremely long or short oil pattern, players could play in many different places on the lane.
We had our annual event in Camp Verde, AZ this weekend. It’s always a great time at Cliff Castle Casino and Shake, Rattle and Bowl. Saturday’s event was the real exciting surprise. We always have a fun event on Saturdays of the out of town events to allow the locals to get a feel for the tournament and the lane conditions. Well the northern bowling community came out strong with nearly 20 new bowlers who have never bowled a SFT AHT event before! We saw new bowlers take home both the tournament win and the mixed bounty title. Congrats to Terry Herb & Joe Wolf on the tournament win and Terry Herb and Jasmine Martinez on the mixed bounty title. For the full results of the doubles tournament click here.
Our 2nd to last event was another great one! We had 89 total entries (61 qualifying entries & 28 economy parlay), 24 cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and paid out over $4,000.00 in main and side event prizefund. The players bowled on a very tricky 35ft Kegel Boardwalk oil pattern that forced most players to have their break point near the gutter. While this pattern is normally high scoring, the difference from lane to lane really kept the scoring at more of a medium pace with most cut scores being around +60.
Well our final event of 2016 was a BIG ONE! We had 107 total entries (80 Qualifying & 27 Economy Parlay), 28 cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and paid out over $5,000.00 in main and side event prizefund! The players bowled on a very difficult 32ft PBA Wolf oil pattern, which much like last week, started off hooking A LOT but got tighter and tighter with every game that was bowled on it. Because the condition was influenced so much by the bowlers, the difference from pair to pair kept the scoring very low, with the average cut scoring being around +20, which doesn't even require bowling your average to accomplish. The difference this event compared to last weekends, is that nearly every player played the outside part of the lane, where last week, there were a few who had success playing the middle of the lane.
This year's match play invitiational was another good one! We had tons of close matches and pressure shots. There is no question the most entertaining form of bowling is match play bowling! The bracket ended up having a large variety of averages and skill levels advancing through. We had Eric Flick get really close to being the first player ever to go back to back, but that was cut shot. We also saw Bill Brackett who is tough every year in this event go pretty deep.
The top 8 players in points get byes in this event and every year it is clear that those are a huge advantage as they are a little more rested and only have to win a few matches to be able to cash. This event really showcases the importance of the season points race. Wheither it's the seeding and what bracket you put in, whether you are are high enough to get in on the waiting list, or just how many byes you get, the points are very crucial.