We were at Brunswick Tri City today and had another fantastic turn out! We had a total of 77 entries in two squads (50 qualifying entries & 27 economy parlay), 21 cashers a 1 in 3.8 cash ratio and paid out over $3,000.00 in main and side event prize fund. The players bowled on a very tough 32ft Wolf oil pattern that only has about half of the lane oiled. Those kind of league bowlers that get upset when there is “no oil on the lanes” aren’t the type for this pattern. However, the SFT is all about developing bowlers out of that line of thinking. Most of the players played to the right, near the gutter with the players that scored the best being around or right of the 1st arrow.
As always we had new bowlers, parlay power players and first time quarter finalists! We had Leon Sabelka, Mike Stockbinger and John Erwin as our first time quarter finalists, Matt Zweig as our parlay power player and Mike Stockbinger, John Erwin and Sean Brackett as our newest additions to the tour!
The quarter finals were a bit different for this event since it was a two-squad event. Typically, since sport patterns are normally the most difficult when they are “fresh”, the quarter finals has lower scoring because we strip and re-oil fresh conditions. However, during our two squad events we go straight in the quarter finals mixing up the kind of conditions the members have to perform on.
After the quarter finals and semi-finals our division champions were Matt Zweig in the A, who would be bowling for his second SFT AHT title, Jeff Brackett in B, bowling his 3rd SFT AHT title, and Leon Sebelka in C bowling for his first SFT AHT title! Based on those stats you would think Leon had a bit of a disadvantage, but it didn’t turn out that way. Also, another interesting point is that since Matt was bowling two lefties he did seem to throw some shots in practice on the left side to try and influence their ball reaction a little.
The final match ended up having Matt and Leon pull out to the early lead, but Leon having a string in the middle and Matt an open in the middle gave Leon a good-sized lead. Going into the 10th frame Matt needed to strike out to put any kind of pressure on Leon, but he wasn’t able to do so. Leon was able to spare in the 10th to lock up the title. However, Jeff was finishing last and could double to finished second, but he was unable to do so either, giving Matt 2nd and Jeff 3rd!
Thanks to everyone that came out and made this a good one! We look forward to seeing you at our next event on March 19th at Via Linda!