Our event this weekend was at Brunswick Desert Sky lanes and we nearly had 100 entries again! The event drew over 60 members, 93 entries, 25 non-exempt prize winners, a 1 in 3.7 Cash Ratio and paid out over $4,600.00 in main tournament prize fund and side event prize fund. We are approaching our 1 year anniversary and to celebrate I would like to also mention some awesome statistics. We have had 32 total standard events since starting this back up in 2012. Out of those 32 events we have had 27 different winners, two players won in their first event, and over a dozen made the quarters in their first event. So far in 2013 through 6 standard events we our averaging over 90 entries an event, 10 new members at each event, and had five $1,000 winners. The best part is that in 2013 an average of 4 players in each quarter finals were making their first quarter finals appearance. It’s hard to argue with statistics, and it’s clear that not only is the SFT AHT family growing, but it’s growing because we have different winners all the time with averages from 140 to 215 and anyone is capable of winning or doing well any weekend. If you are bowling great, whether it’s your first event or your 100th, you could go home with $1,000.
This event’s new members were Kevin Scheidenlein, Jacob Childers, Shawn Wood, Shawn Wiley, John Jones, David Gebauer, Todd Sielken, and Jeannie Demarest. The SFT AHT community welcomes you and we all hope you enjoyed your first event with us. We look forward to seeing each of you at your next event. Our first time quarter finalists at this event were Chris Huglin, Susan O’Hara, Paul Wilkerson, and Ty White. Congrats to each of you for making your first quarter finals. A special congrats to Susan O’Hara for being the high series in the B division on Sunday! I promised I wouldn’t forget you Susan!
The pattern used for this event was the 41ft USBC national’s pattern that will be used for team event in Reno, NV this year. The pattern seemed to hook a bit more than the bowler’s expected but it was very clear the pattern was pretty flat. It was very easy to get the ball to over react in the middle of the lane, and as you got further right the ball would hook a little less. The best part is the pattern really allowed for all players to compete. The straighter players however did have better ball reaction on the fresh and the power players had better reaction after the lanes had some play. The cut scores all weekend were fairly low with the average cut score for the weekend being 655 with handicap.
We did have two bowlers showing off the power of the parlay. We had one on each day advance to the quarter finals off of a free entry won by the economy parlay. On Saturday, a fairly new member Gary Demeny won the B division economy parlay, and then with his free entry fee and progressive pot entry fee advanced with a score of 672. On Sunday Chris Huglin and his brother Zach both won free entries with the economy parlay, but Chris managed to advance to the quarter finals with his free entry. The very impressive thing is that both Gary and Chris ended up advancing all the way to the semi-finals. They both ended up being defeated by Joe Claspell at some point in time in the B division semis. I also forgot to mention that Gary did the same thing at the last tournament at Deer Valley as well. So he has had success with the economy parlay in back to back events. So far he has put in $50 in two events in economy parlay entries and gotten back over $280 in winnings! That is a pretty impressive start to your SFT AHT career!
The Saturday bounties were a hit once again. We are seeing larger turn outs on Saturday since implementing the Saturday bounties. This weekend Phil Thompson took home the $100 bounty for the high daily series and Ben Dewberry took home the $100 bounty for the highest qualifying series that didn’t advance. I am glad to see that the members are enjoying the new bounties.
The semi-finals had 8 total players squaring off. 6 of the 8 players were looking for their first title, and two players were looking to win their second title. The A division matches were #1 seed Josh Childers vs #4 seed Bill Brackett and #2 seed Dylan Taylor vs #3 seed Shawna Strause. Both of the high seeds went down, which put Shawna and Bill in the A division finals.
The matches in the B division consisted of #1 seed Chris Huglin vs #4 seed Jenni Cahn and #2 seed Gary Demeny vs #3 seed Joe Claspell. Joe fired a huge 272 at Gary which was his highest score of the tournament so far. Chris defeated Jenni with a score of 209 to move on to the B division finals.
The A division final match was a very close one. The players had the same handicap so it was “scratch” match. A brooklyn strike early by Bill allowed him get the slight lead in the match. He took advantage of the break and threw a great shot to extend the string and defeat Shawna 228 to 218 in a very close match. The b division final match was another one that was over very quickly, Joe defeated Chris Huglin 243 to 221.
This put Joe Claspell against Bill Brackett for the $1,000 first place prize. Joe appeared to have all of the momentum in his corner. The lanes seemed like they were getting better and better for his game. Bill is a straighter player that doesn’t do a lot to the ball but he makes his spares. If you were a betting man, it was hard to bet against Joe. It turned out that nothing went as expected! Bill bowled a great game, and didn’t seem affected by Joe’s momentum in the least bit. He ended up defeating Joe 247 to 231. Congrats to Bill on winning his first SFT AHT title and also congrats to Joe on finishing 2nd and extending his lead in the season points race.
Thanks again to all of the bowlers that came out and bowled. I hope you all had fun first and maybe won some money too! As always if you have any feedback, advice, criticism or thoughts feel free to let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full results and scores can be found in the links below. We look forward to seeing you all at AMF Tempe Village lanes for our next standard. See you all there!