Our event this weekend was at AMF Chandler Lanes and we had good turnout with 67 total entries (49 qualifying and 18 economy parlay), 22 total cashers, and a 1 in 3.1 cash ratio and paid out over $3,100.00 in main and side event prize funds. Players bowled on the Kegel 42ft Autobahn oil pattern. Most of the players played in the middle of the lane trying to push their ball out past the 2nd arrow. This house typically has a lot of friction and it didn't take very long for the pattern to break down which forced players to move further left resulting in some very high scores. Congrats to Charlie Price on shooting an impressive 805 series (258, 279, 268) today with his Track Precision bowling ball. Since Charlie used a Track bowling ball to shoot his honor score, he will receive a free Track bowling ball of his choice. Thank you to Track bowling for the continued support and sponsorship of our tournament club.
Our 2018 Labor Day weekend major has come to an end and it was a big one as expected! The event drew 226 total entries (161 qualifying entries & 65 economy parlay), had 61 cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and paid out over $12,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. As always, the majors always seem to offer everything! Big turnouts, big payouts, difficult lane conditions, exciting finishes, 9th and 10th frame roll offs and clutch finishes. We will get to all of them and more in this summary, but let's start off with the pattern. It was a 43ft custom oil pattern that played very difficult. It allowed some players to play further right, but for the most part, the players that did the best were closer to the middle of the lane giving a small belly. Most people were commonly playing 15-19 at the arrows throwing it out to 15-12 down lane. The cut scores throughout the weekend were pretty low averaging around +50 for all of the divisions for all of the days.
This weekend’s event was at AMF Desert Hills. The event drew 57 total entries (42 qualifying and 15 economy parlay), had 21 cashers, a 1 in 2.7 cash ratio and paid out over $2,800.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a 40ft Kegel Highway to Hell oil pattern which, as the name indicates, wasn't the easiest of patterns. There was plenty of hook, even for 40 feet, which meant players could play all over the lane from straight to inside, to far left. However, this also meant that the pair to pair was very different since players were playing all over the place. The qualifying scores were low all day, the key was being able to make your spares and bowlers just needing to bowl their average to make it to the quarterfinal round.
This weekend’s event was at Brunswick Kyrene. The event drew 95 total entries (65 qualifying and 30 economy parlay), had 28 cashers, a 1 in 3.4 cash ratio and paid out over $4,400.00 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 before, 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 pretty high compared to the last couple of tournaments and we even had an honor score. Congrats to Correen Lieber for her nice 300 game! Also congrats to Dan Lanious for winning the Momma’s Mystery Score with a nice 256 game for $500.00! The winner of the free Track plastic bowling ball was Michael Dragon.
This weekend’s event was at AMF Mesa Lanes. It has been awhile since we have had an event at this center. The event drew 90 total entries (59 qualifying and 31 economy parlay), had 26 cashers, a 1 in 3.4 cash ratio and paid out over $4,200.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a 35ft boardwalk oil pattern that played a lot harder than usual. This pattern can tend to be high scoring, because it allows some miss room to the right if the player is able to get far enough to the right. That did exist on some of the pairs here, but other pairs didn’t have it. So bowlers experienced a different look from pair to pair and lane to lane. The average cut scores for the weekend were around +30 even though it was a shorter easier pattern.
Our event this weekend was at the beautiful Lakeview Lanes in Sun City. Many competitive bowlers in the valley have never bowled at this center because of it being located further away and in a retirement community. Because the nature of this center is to be an ammenity for the retired community, the prices are low, food is great and service is top notch. They always keep the establishment well kept and well staffed. We were worried about a lower turn out because of "Bowler Day" at the Diamondbacks game and because Lakeview is so far away for most. Well, the opposite happened! We had one of our best turnouts for a two squad event! We had 78 total entries through two squads, which is almost 40 bowlers per squad! Of that 78, 58 were qualifying entries, we had 22 cashers a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prize fund.
Our event this weekend was at AMF Union Hills. We had another great turn out with 83 total entries (57 qualifying and 26 economy parlay), 25 cashers, and a 1 in 3.3 cash ratio and paid out over $3,850.00 in main and side event prize funds! The bowlers played on one of the longer oil patterns that we use, Kegel Eiffel Tower. It is 48 ft. long, but for the distance it is very thin ratio. This means, while there isn't a lot of hook on the back end, the oil starts to go away in the mid-lane and the ball starts hooking earlier and earlier without a lot of games bowled on the pattern. This normally gives players that are comfortable playing the deep inside lines a bit of an advantage and that is how this event played out as well for the most part.
Our event this weekend was at AMF Tempe Village lanes! We had another great turn out with 95 total entries (66 qualifying and 29 economy parlay), 25 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 36ft Phase 1 oil pattern that played very difficult. This was because the middle of the lane played like a shorter pattern, but the outsides did not. The outside part of the lane seemed to want to hang or not have as much reaction off of them. This kept scores very low with the average cut scores not requiring players to bowl over average by very much. There weren't any players that bowled over +100 and the average cut score was around +30.
Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Desert Sky lanes and had good turnout. We had 85 total entries (58 qualifying & 27 economy parlay) for 3 squads, 26 prize winners and a 1 in 3.3 cash ratio. The players bowled on the 43ft Dean Man’s Curve oil pattern that is normally a very difficult to play. Players had trouble playing on the outside of the lane and on some pairs, there wasn’t a lot of margin of error when playing inside. Moving pair to pair there were big differences. This was due to the bowling center’s older lanes which had a lot of friction, but once the oil pattern started to break down, then scores went through the roof.
We want to welcome Martin Grams, Jerome Robinson and Jericho Gaydos to the SFT AHT family! We hope you guys all had a good time in your first SFT AHT event. There were no parlay power players this weekend, which just goes to show you how difficult it was to bowl consistently.
Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Mesa lanes. This was the first event of our 2018 Summer Circuit and the event had a great turnout with 101 entries (67 qualifying entries and 34 economy parlay), 29 cashers and 1 in 3.5 cash ratio and paid out over $4,500.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a very difficult 40ft PBA Bear oil pattern that had some of the lowest scores of the season. The pattern allowed players to play from any angle, but the key was trying to make high quality shots and to make your spares. There were quite a few people who thought that the scores would maybe go up the last squad as the lanes would have some more play on them by then. However, this didn’t happen at all, as the cut score stayed pretty much the same in all three divisions from squad 1 to squad 3.