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AMF Mesa - 5/5/2024

Our event this weekend was at AMF Mesa, and with all the other events going on throughout the Valley we would have another good turnout in back-to-back weekends. We had 85 total entries (65 qualifying & 20 economy parlays) for 2 squads, with 23 prize winners and a 1 in 3.54 cash ratio, paying out over $5,400 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 43ft Kegel Deadman’s Curve oil pattern that played pretty tough for the qualifying squads. The pattern has an out of bounds if you get it too far towards the gutter early, but it looked like there was enough of a built-in track that the bowlers were able to overcome it. We would see some higher scores as bowlers could see the difference as they moved from pair to pair. Once the oil pattern started to break down in the later squads, then scores would start to pick up. It would take about +50 to qualify for the quarterfinals with bowlers needing to bowl 10-15 pins over their average per game to advance.

Bowlero Avondale - 4/28/2024

Our event this weekend was out in the West Valley as we would have an early bird 2-squad tournament at Bowlero Avondale. It's been a quite a few years since we have been here and we were lucky to be able to come back as the center has been recently renovated, which turned out great. We would see a total of 99 entries today (73 qualifying and 26 parlays) with a cash ratio of 1 in 3.41, paying out over $6,600.00 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers played on the 39ft 2021 USBC Nationals Singles & Doubles oil pattern. The pattern played a bit tricky as you moved pair to pair. Also, there was a slight out of bounds if you got your ball just outside of the five board. Because the pattern was not very long or short, it allowed players to attack it from all angles.

Bowlero Christown - 4/14/2024

Our event this weekend was at Bowlero Christown and we had a pretty good turnout considering the all the other tournaments going on throughout the Valley!  We would see 85 total entries (61 qualifying and 24 economy parlays) with a cash ratio of 1 in 3.69 and paying out over $4,900 in main and side event prize funds.  The bowlers played on a very difficult 34ft PBA Del Ballard oil pattern, that is a bit short and flat, and saw some pretty low-cut scores.  The average cut to make it to the quarterfinals was just a bit over even, which meant that you just had to maintain your average to move on. The key this weekend was definitely to leave something makeable and pick up your spares!

Bowlero Mesa - 4/7/2024

Our event this weekend would kick off the 2024 Spring Quarterly Circuit (April – June). We would be at Bowlero Mesa for a 3-squad tournament. We would see a great turnout with 125 total entries (109 qualifying and 16 economy parlays) with a cash ratio of 1 in 3.67. We would pay out over $9,900 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers would play on the 44ft PBA Billy Hardwick oil pattern that proved to be a bit tricky pair to pair. The pattern would play pretty true for the first couple of squads as bowlers were forced to play towards the middle of the pattern as the outside parts of the lane were cliffed. We would see cut scores remain around +50 for the day, so bowlers would need to average about 10 pins above average to advance to the quarterfinals.

AMF McRay - 3/24/2024

This weekend we would be at AMF McRay for an early bird 2-squad event. This would be the last one of the 2024 Winter Quarterly Circuit (January to March) and we would have several bowlers vying for the top spot. Even with the earlier squad times we would see another good turnout with 118 total entries (85 qualifying and 33 economy parlays), 32 cashers and a 1 in 3.68 cash ratio, paying out over $6,800.00 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers bowled on the 41ft PBA Bear oil pattern that had some lower scores compared to last few tournaments. The pattern allowed players to play from any angle, but the key was trying to make high quality shots and pick up your spares. The cut scores stayed around +30 for most of the day with bowlers only need to get 5-10 pins above their average each game to advance.

Bowlero Kyrene - 3/3/2024

This weekend we had a 3-squad tournament at Bowlero Mesa.  We had a great turnout with 115 total entries (88 qualifying entries and 27 economy parlays entries).  We had 30 cashers, a 1 in 3.83 cash ratio and paid out over $7,200.00 in main event and side event prize funds.  The players bowled on the 48ft PBA Shark oil pattern that plays a bit differently as it is a long pattern in length but does not have a lot of volume in the middle.  This creates a bit of an odd transition as the lanes start to “dry out” in the front and middle parts of the lane which forces bowlers to move left (for righties) quickly.  However, with most patterns you can still get the ball out towards to outside part of the lane and hook it back but with this pattern if you get it too far outside too early it would hit the out of bounds and not come back.

AMF Chandler - 2/18/2024

Our event this weekend would be at AMF Chandler lanes for a 3-squad standard event! With so many other tournaments going on throughout the Valley, we were lucky to have a great turnout. We would see 108 total entries (91 qualifying and 17 economy parlays), with 29 prize winners with a 1 in 3.75 cash ratio and we would pay out over $6,800 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 32ft PBA Wolf oil pattern that played tough to start but got a bit easier as the oil carried down the lanes.  This pattern is one of the shortest patterns that are in use and the bowlers had to play a bit up the ditch to start. As the oil pattern broke down and oil started to carry from the fronts would allow for a variety of angles to be played. This center has typically been one of the higher scoring centers that we go to with the track well built into the lanes.

AMF Tempe Village - 2/4/2024

Our event this weekend was at AMF Tempe Village and we had a great turnout with 109 entries (76 qualifying and 33 economy parlays).  We had 28 cashers, a 1 in 3. 8 cash ratio and paid out over $6,200.00 in main and side event prize funds.  The players bowled on the 45ft PBA Dragon oil pattern that played tough early on in the day, but scores would increase as the pattern broke down.  Bowlers were able to play a variety of angles on the pattern as long as they were able to get their ball to read the lane and not overhook.  The cut scores stayed around +70 for most of the day, which meant that you had to bowl about 15 pins over your average per game to qualify.

Bowlero Via Linda - 1/21/2024

We would be at Bowlero Via Linda this weekend for another 2-squad tournament! We would see 103 total entries (74 qualifying and 29 parlays), 28 cashers, 1 in 3.8 cash ratio and paid out over $5,800.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on a very tricky 39ft PBA Chameleon oil pattern. A lot of bowlers would think that it would play similar to a house shot, but with all the oil in the front of the lanes it made it very hard to swing the ball. On the fresh if you got too wide with your angles too early, then it would overreact and go through the nose for a split. We had a variety of bowlers start off well, but once the pattern started to breakdown, then we would see players that like to curve it move left and see some higher scores. The cut scores were not too high as you only needed to bowl a few pins over your average with the A Division having high scores than the other two Divisions.

AMF McRay - 1/7/2024

We kicked off the 2024 season this weekend at AMF McRay. We would have a great turnout with 117 total entries (86 qualifying and 31 parlays) with 30 prize winners, with a 1 in 3.9 cash ratio, paying out over $7,100 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 35ft PBA Cheetah oil pattern that looked a bit difficult on the fresh as there was a bit more volume forcing bowlers from moving too deep too quickly. The key to this weekend’s tournament was to make quality shots and make your spares. The cut scores were low on the first squad but would go up as the day went on with bowlers needing to get shoot about 5-10 pins above average per game to advance to the quarterfinals.