Our event this Sunday was at Brunswick Via Linda lanes and was bowled on the 36ft Phase 1 oil pattern. It was a great day for bowling with the rain, and the turn out showed it. There was 59 total entries (45 qualifying entries & 14 economy parlay entries), 16 cashers a 1 in 4.3 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00. The players played the Phase 1 oil pattern in a variety of ways. Phase 1 has always played a little different then the other short patterns that we bowl on. No matter which center we have used this pattern at, the middle of the lane has been more playable then other short patterns like cheetah, boardwalk, or wolf.
We had our event this Sunday at Golden Pin lanes in Tucson, AZ. We were very happy to be back in Tucson as we have consistently tried to get more and more bowlers in Tucson to come out to our annual events there in their area. The turn out was much better then our last one there. It drew 43 total entries (31 qualifying entires and 12 economy parlay) had 13 cashers, and paid out over $2,000.00.
The bowlers competed on the 36ft Bejing oil pattern which yielded incredibly high scores in the A division but, not as high in the other divisions. This is a common theme with short oil patterns, as the higher averaged bowler is familiar with and more comfortable playing the far outside part of the lane. It is always interesting seeing how different kinds of patterns yielded higher cut scores in certain divisions.
We had another fun weekend of bowling at AMF Chandler lanes this Sunday! The event drew 80 entries (51 qualifying, 29 economy parlay), had 23 cashers, a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prizefund. The players bowled on a custom 36ft SFT Sahara oil pattern that was one of the highest scoring patterns we have ever used. The members are used to the lanes being fairly difficult most of the time, so we surprised them with a higher scoring condition this Sunday. There is also a skill required to stay focused when it is easy to strike, and this weekend's conditions really tested that skill for the bowlers. We had two perfect games bowled, and a 298! The perfect scores were from Shane Valleau and Brad Van Sickle. Shane's 300 was with a Track ball, which thanks to our sponsor, Track bowling products, he gets a free Track ball for doing so. He was using the Lx05, which is one of his favorite balls on shorter patterns. Congrats Shane!
This event was an awesome one! We had all kinds of exciting finishes and firsts. The event had 82 entries (49 qualifying entries and 33 economy parlay entries), 21 cashers, a 1 in 3.9 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prizefunds. The players bowled on the 40ft Brunswick Edge pattern that had some very interesting results. The scores for the entire tournament were much higher in the A division then any other division. Typically this is the opposite as the scores are usually higher in either the B or C divisions. However, scoring well on the pattern had a lot to do with playing the correct part of the lane which most of the A division bowlers seemed to be doing. However, the cut was also inflated by a very impressive performance that Jason Satterlee put on. He had a very nice 846 during qualifying that cemented that he was bouncing back from his slump and looking to win back to back events.
Our event this Sunday was at AMF Deer Valley lanes on the 39ft Winding Road oil pattern. The pattern may have been winding but it seemed to wind right into the pocket! We saw some of the highest scores we have ever seen! The players were able to play it almost like a house shot. They had free hook to the outside and a little bit of hold in the middle of the lane. It appeared that the most dangerous players were those that had slow ball speeds in the C division. Those players that were comfortable hooking it a little more had great ball reaction and some pins to make them tough to beat. However, once match play comes, you never know if those lower averaged bowlers will be able to keep their composure. The event had 58 total entries (40 qualifying & 18 economy parlay), 15 cashers and a 1 in 3.8 cash ratio.
Our event was at AMF Christown this Sunday, and we had a great time as usual. It was a standard event which means that it was guranteed $1,000.00 for first place regardless of entries as long as you are in the progressive pot. These events always have a certain level of hype behind them, and people are excited to bowl for that kind of money. The event drew 70 entries (48 qualifying entries and 22 economy parlay entries), had 18 cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prizes! The players bowled on a 41ft Turnpike oil pattern that proved to play a little difficult for most people. The average cut score didn't even require players to bowl over their average.
We had an awesome event today at AMF McRay Plaza lanes. The event drew 78 total entries (49 qualifying entries & 29 economy parlay entries), had 20 cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prizefund. The players bowled on the 43ft Dead Man's Curve oil pattern which proved to pay easier at times and harder at times. We had a very nice 300 game from Ron Schloss during our 10am squad that made it appear that the lanes weren't too tough but then our cut scores didn't really get too high, which most players being around +100 or lower. It was very clear however, that players that threw the ball alittle slower or liked to play in the middle of the lane a little bit had more success on this pattern.