This weekend’s event was at AMF Union Hills lanes. There were a lot of other events going on around town, but we were happy to get a little over 50 total entries. The players bowled on the 43ft Mexico City oil pattern. It was slightly tougher oil pattern as bowlers are not used to playing straighter in the middle of the lane. It was very difficult to score, on the fresh, as trying to hook the ball back from the outside was not ideal with longer oil patterns. The cut scores at this event were much higher in the A division then the other divisions, but the average cut score to advance was around +30 with divisional insurance, so the scoring was not too high. However, it seemed like each division had certain players who bowled really high and typically these were the players that were the most comfortable getting their ball to roll instead of hooking the ball in the middle of the lane.
Our event this weekend was at AMF Union Hills lanes and we had a decent turn out considering it was opening weekend of the Phoenix City tournament and also St. Patrick’s Day. We had 72 entries (47 qualifying and 25 economy parlay), 25 cashers, a 1 in 3.6 cash ratio and we paid out a little over $3,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on the 39ft Winding Road oil pattern which yielded some interesting results. At most tournaments the cut scores are higher in the C division and lower in the A division because of the increased amount of handicap in the C division. This tournament was the complete opposite with the A division cut score taking +100 and the C division cut score going as low as the +50 range. The pattern appeared to allow players to play in their comfort zone for the most part with a variety of playable options.
Wow! What a weekend of bowling! The majors are always an incredible amount of work, bowling, fun, payouts and exciting finishes! The event drew 226 total entries, had 62 cashers, a 1 in 3.6 cash ratio and paid out over $15,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. There is no question that the best way to measure the success of a tournament is on its payout. The amount paid out and the ratio of its payout. In terms of those metrics, this was one of our most successful tournaments ever. 1st was 20 times your entry fee, 2nd 10+ times your entry, last cash was 1.5 times your entry fee, we had a 1 in 3.6 cash ratio and paid out over $15,000.00! Absolutely incredible! Thanks to the amazing SFT AHT family for making these events such a huge success!
We had another fun and exciting event at AMF Union Hills this weekend. As always the SFT AHT family found a way to set another record. It wasn't the entry count this time, but instead the number of new bowlers. The event drew 111 entries, 30 cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and paid out over $4,100.00 for the entire event! The record was the 17 BRAND NEW bowlers that came out this weekend. I can't say that it has never been done because our first event ever was all new SFT AHT members since it was a new club. However, as we have grown our events have normally drawn 4-6 new members at each event. The fact that we had 17 at this one was absolutely incredible. It was due in large part to Bo Copeland doing promotions at the host center, and the rest of the SFT AHT members bringing in new people.