We were at Brunswick Tri City today and had another fantastic turn out! We had a total of 77 entries in two squads (50 qualifying entries & 27 economy parlay), 21 cashers a 1 in 3.8 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on a very tough 32ft Wolf oil pattern that only has about half of the lane oiled. Those kind of league bowlers that get upset when there is “no oil on the lanes” aren’t the type for this pattern. However, the SFT is all about developing bowlers out of that line of thinking. Most of the players played to the right, near the gutter with the players that scored the best being around or right of the 1st arrow.
We had our first Saturday standard event in quite a long time! The event still had a good turn out with 75 total entries (56 qualifying and 19 economy parlay), 23 cashers and a 1 in 3 cash ratio. The players bowled on a 39ft winding road oil pattern that had very low scores early, but seemed to open up and allow for higher scoring as the day went on. Like usual with our medium length patterns, we get to see a good diversity of styles in the finals since the pattern allows for a variety of angles to be played. The straighter players had a decent line, and higher rev players could also move left and hook it a little bit with success. We want to extend a huge thanks to all of the members for supporting the event on a Saturday.
Today’s event was at Brunswick Kyrene lanes and had another huge turn out! We had 124 total entries (81 qualifying entries & 43 economy parlay), 35 cashers and a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio! The event paid out over $5,000.00 in main and side event prizes. The players bowled on a very tough 43ft Shark oil pattern that forced most players to play the middle part of the lane. After a handful of events that were short or had plenty of friction, this event was definitely a change in pace and certainly in ball speed.
Our event today was a huge success! We made a return to AMF Christown Lanes, and it drew 91 entries in 2 squads which is just under 50 bowlers per squad! A big thanks to the SFT family and all of the new bowlers coming out to help our season get kicked off with a huge bang! The 91 entries had 24 cashers, a 1 in 3.8 cash ratio and paid out over $4,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on the 35ft boardwalk oil pattern. It showed one of the biggest disparities between the scoring pace from squad 1 to squad 2. Squad 1, the lanes hooked a lot more and played more traditional to short patterns. However, as the oil carried down the scoring really plummeted. Squad 1 took scores like +100 to win the economy parlay, but the second squad ended up with cut scores that were barely plus at all.
Well we are off the ground with our 6th SFT AHT season being kicked off at Brunswick Mesa. The event was a huge success with 120 entries (74 qualifying entries & 46 economy parlay), 30 cashers, a 1 in 4.7 cash ratio and a payout of well over $5,000.00 in main and side event prizefund! We want to thank all of our long time members and new bowlers for making the start of our season such a good one. The players bowled on the 38ft WTBA Atlanta oil pattern which had some very high scores.Players played a variety of angles and places on the lane from straighter around 2nd arrow, to deeper inside angles hooking the lane quite a bit. The average cut scores were around +80 which means the players had to bowl about 20-30 pins over average per game to make the cut. Which is on the higher side of our normal cut scores.
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.
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.
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.
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.