We kicked off the 2021 season with our first event this weekend at Bowlero Kyrene and we had a great turnout with 135 entries (97 qualifying and 38 economy parlays). We had 33 cashers, a 1 in 4.09 cash ratio and paid out over $7,725.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 41ft PBA Bear oil pattern that played pretty tricky for most of the day. There were some higher scores, but bowlers were able to play a variety of angles on the pattern. The cut scores stayed above +60 for most of the day, which meant that you had to bowl about 15-20 pins over your average per game to qualify.
We had some new bowlers join us for their first event and we want to welcome Gary Alvarez, Bobby Campagnale, Andrea Chandos, Matt Ridgway, Amanda Roethle, Tom Shepard, Chris Sheets, Kevin Todd and Josh Vossler who all bowled in their first event this weekend. We hope you all had a good time and look forward to seeing you at our next event. Congrats to Matt Ridgway and Kevin Todd who made it to the quarterfinals in their very first event! Also, congrats to Chris Brunick, Jennifer Peterson, Max Premeau, and Kish Israni for being this weekend’s Parlay Power Players. They were all able to qualify for the quarterfinals with a $25 parlay investment. Congrats to Adam Orlopp who won Momma’s Mystery Pot with a score of 180 for $160.00!! Your winner of the free plastic ball raffle, with an option to upgrade to any Track high-performance ball for $85.00, was Ron McDonald.
The quarterfinals would be bowled on the fresh oil pattern and scores showed with those that could leave makeable spares and string a couple of strikes together were able to take advantage. Your A Division leader would be Josh Williams (+108) and he would face off with Chris Brunick (+59) and Carlos Vejar (+41). In the B Division your overall #1 seed would be Max Premeau (+105) and he would take on Jennifer Peterson (+33) and Matt Ridgway (+12). The C Division would see Terrence Smythe (+110) emerge as your #1 seed and he would be matched up against Parlay Power Player Kish Israni (+40) and Kevin Todd (+35).
The A Division semi-final match would go back and forth with each bowler stringing strikes and trying to gain the advantage. It would come down to the ninth and tenth frame as Josh Williams left a split in the ninth and was unable to convert leaving a chance for Carlos Vejar and Chris Brunick. Carlos strikes followed by a split in the tenth leaving Chris to add an additional strike to the string he was working on followed by a spare. Chris taking the lead to win with a 239, Carlos 225, and Josh 202. The B Division semi-final would be a close game for Max Premeau, Matt Ridgway, and Jennifer Peterson up until the 8th frame. Max and Matt both were stringing strikes and the ball just did not quite finish for Jennifer leaving an open in the 8th frame, followed by a strike and spare to finish with a 197. Max and Matt were able to strike in the ninth making it a close race to try to get the lead. Matt opened in the tenth leaving Max to double strike in the tenth, ending with a split for the lead of 269 to 256. In the C Division semi-final, Kish Israni stays clean for most of the game to get by Kevin Todd and Terrence Smythe who struggled with splits on the pair. Kish taking the lead with a 247. Kevin spared in the 8th frame followed by an open leaving an opportunity for Terrence. Terrence needed to mark in the tenth to get past Kevin. His ball didn’t quite finish leaving an open in the tenth. Kevin spared, followed by a strike to finish 196 to 192.
The Final match featured Max Premeau in his third attempt to for an AHT SFT title. Kish Israni and Chris Brunick were making their first appearance in the Final match and looking to take their first AHT SFT title. First place was paying $1,400.00 for everyone that was in the Progressive Pot.
The Final match would start off with all three bowlers trying to settle in and find the pocket. Max Premeau would open in the first frame, strike in the 2nd and open in the 3rd, but would get lined up. Kish Israni spared the first frame then seemed to struggle picking up spares for the next three frames while Chris Brunick started off with what looked like he was lined up for a strike in the first frame only to open the next two. Max had found his line to shoot a turkey the next 3 frames, followed by a spare in the 7th frame. Kish struck in the 6th followed by an open and was able to spare in the 8th. Chris had a line up in the 4th and 5th frame only to leave the 4-6-7 split in the 6th frame, spare in the 7th, leaving another 4-6-7 split in the 8th. Max led another string of 4 strikes followed by a 7-count locking into his 1st SFT AHT title and $1,400.00 with a 249 game. Kish was able to continue with a spare in the 9th, strike in the 10th followed by a split to finish with a 195. Chris spared in the 9th frame and opened in the 10th for a 151 finish. Congrats to Kish Israni on 2nd place and Chris Brunick for 3rd place.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our first event of the 2021 season. We hope to see you next Sunday for our second event at Cotton Bowl Lanes in Casa Grande.