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AMF Union Hills - 8/11/19

Our event this weekend was at AMF Union Hills and we had a nice turnout! We had 67 entries (20 parlay & 47 qualifying), 22 cashers, a 1 in 3.1 cash ratio and paid out over $2,000.00 in main and side event prize funds!  The players bowled on a 43ft Mexico City oil pattern that for the most part was low scoring on the fresh, but scores went up as the day went on. The bowlers that had success were able to play in the middle of the lane and keep their ball inside the ten board at the breakpoint.  If you got it too far outside, then the ball wouldn’t come back and leave you with a washout or split.  The average cut scores were all around the +40 to +50 range, which meant most players had to bowl above their average.

AMF McRay - 7/14/19

Our event this weekend was at AMF McRay lanes and we had a HUGE turn out! In 3 squads we had 124 entries (51 parlay & 73 qualifying), 29 cashers, a 1 in 4.2 cash ratio and paid out over $5,000.00 in main and side event prize fund!  The players bowled on a 44ft London oil pattern that for the most part was pretty low scoring. There were a handful of players that really seemed to match up and bowl well on the longer oil pattern. The average cut scores were all around the +30 to +40 range which meant most players had to be close to their average or a few pins above it each game.

AMF McRay - 6/9/2019

The event today was at AMF McRay, we had 71 total entries with 41 qualifying and 30 economy parlay entries. The players bowled on the 38ft Winding Road oil pattern that yeilded medium to higher scores. The cut scores varied but averaged around +50 for the event, which meant it took bowlers bowling 10 pins over their average a game to make the cut. 

We want to welcome Harold Smith and Geoff Garrow to the SFT AHT family! Thanks to you guys for coming out and trying out the event, we hope you had a good time in your first event! 

The quarter finals were very low scoring, with one of the divisions taking minus to be the division champion! We had Bob Gazis coming out of the A division with +33, Kevin Dollar -3 in the C division and Dan Marks at +14. Which means the average leader actually bowled under their average to win their division. 

AMF Chandler - 5/19/19

This weekend’s event was at AMF Chandler Lanes and had a nice turnout with all the other events going on around the Valley.  We had a total of 74 entries (45 qualifying and 29 economy parlays), had 26 cashers, a 1 in 3.4 cash ratio and paid out over $3,600.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a 35ft boardwalk oil pattern. This pattern can tend to be high scoring, because it allows players to get some free hook and some miss room to the right if the player is able to get far their ball far enough towards the right.  The average cut scores for the weekend were high, around +90.  We even saw Josh Molloy almost shoot an 800-scratch series, but he came up just a bit short shooting 840 with handicap.

AMF Chandler - 4/28/19

Our event this weekend was held at AMF Chandler Lanes. We had a total of 97 entries (58 qualifying & 39 economy parlay), creating 26 cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and a pay out of over $4,100 in main and side event prize funds.  The players bowled on a very difficult 52ft Badger oil pattern that maintained a moderate scoring pace.  The long oil pattern produced some high scores the first set.  The scoring pace slowed down the second set, and we saw it go back up for third qualifying squad.

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.

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.

Brunswick Kyrene - 1/27/19

Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Kyrene we had a nice turnout considering there were three other events going on throughout the Valley.  We had 78 total entries (48 qualifying & 30 economy parlay) for 3 squads, with 24 prize winners and a 1 in 3.3 cash ratio.  We paid out over $4,300 in main and side event prize funds.  The players bowled on a pattern we don’t use often that is a tough one to get used to. The PBA pattern Badger that is 52 foot in length. This is the longest oil pattern used in competitive play and “hooking” your ball into the pocket isn’t really an option at the beginning. You have to get used to your ball fading back high flush until they start to break down a little bit.