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Bowlero Kyrene - 12/10/2023

This weekend was our very final event of the 2023 season. We had our Match Play Invitational at Bowlero Kyrene. The top 24 bowlers in total season points, except the Player of the Year, 2nd and 3rd place bowlers were invited to bowl this event. We would be bowling on the 2017 PWBA Wichita Open oil pattern which would prove to be a bit difficult. The bowlers were competing to win SFT event exemptions as the winner of this event would win 2 exemptions and 2nd place would receive 1 exemption for the upcoming season. Event exemptions allow the bowler to automatically be placed into the quarterfinals of any regular SFT season event without having to qualify. This means that the bowlers would automatically take home the minimum $100.00 last place and could possibly win up to over $1,000.00 for free depending on the event they used their exemption on.

Bowlero Via Linda - 12/3/2023

We would be at Bowlero Via Linda this weekend for our final tournament of the 2023 Season and the 2023 Fall Quarterly Circuit. We would have a great turnout for our 2-squad event! We would see 104 total entries (82 qualifying and 22 parlays), 27 cashers, 1 in 3.88 cash ratio and paid out over $6,500.00 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 straighter players do well to start but once the pattern started to breakdown, we would see players that like to curve it move left and find some success.

Bowlero Kyrene - 11/19/2023

This weekend we were at Bowlero Kyrene for our last 3-squad tournament of the 2023 season. We would see a good turnout with 99 total entries (79 qualifying and 20 economy parlays) with 28 prize winners and a cash ratio of 1 in 3.53, which paid out over $6,000 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers played on the 40ft 2022 U.S. Open PTQ oil pattern which was very tricky, deceptive. Many of the bowlers would think that since there was more oil volume that it would play similar to a modified house shot, but with all the oil in the front and outside portion of the lanes being relatively flat, it made it very hard to swing the ball. Because the pattern was not very long or very short, it allowed players to attack it from a variety of angles. The cut scores were kind of low with bowlers only needing to bowl a few pins over their average each game to advance to the quarterfinal round. The main key for the day was to leave a makeable spares and then pick them up.

AMF Mesa - 11/5/2023

Our event this weekend was at AMF Mesa, and we had another good turnout for our 2-squad event! We would see 77 total entries (59 qualifying and 18 parlays), 25 cashers, 1 in 3.1 cash ratio and paid out over $3,900.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on a pattern we do not use often that is a tough one to get used to. The PBA pattern Badger that is 52 foot in length. This is the longest oil pattern used in competitive play and “hooking” your ball into the pocket is not really an option at the beginning. You have to get used to your ball fading back high flush until they start to break down a little bit.  The big difference throughout the day was spares and with so much oil on the lane it was hard to “hook” at spare attempts that you would normally be able to convert.

Bowlero Mesa - 10/29/2023

Our event this weekend was at Bowlero Mesa and with all the events going on through the Valley we would see a nice turnout. We had 84 total entries (64 qualifying and 20 economy parlays) with 23 cashers, a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio and we would pay out over $4,600.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 38ft PBA Wayne Webb oil pattern that played pretty tricky for most of the day as it is a shorter pattern but had a lot of volume in the front of the lane. With this being a 3-squad tournament, usually the pattern gets easier as the day goes on, but with the high volume in the front of the lane it seemed like the lanes got tighter as the day progressed. We would see some lower cut scores as you just had to get to your average to have a chance to advance to the Quarterfinals.

Bowlero Christown - 10/15/2023

We kicked of the 2023 Fall Quarterly Circuit this weekend with a 2-squad tournament at Bowlero Christown! We would see a good turnout with 80 total entries (62 qualifying and 18 parlays), with 23 cashers and a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio. We would pay out over $4,200 in main event and side event prize funds. The bowlers played on the 35ft PBA Cheetah oil pattern that provided higher cut scores than usual. Cheetah tends to be one of the easiest sport patterns, as it allows players to get some free hook on the gutter which is similar to the house shot. However, it is still a sport pattern, and isn't a walk in the park.  There isn't a lot of oil in the middle of the lane, like a house shot, so you have to get it to the outside friction or the ball will run high in the pocket.

AMF Chandler - 9/24/2023

Our event this weekend was at AMF Chandler and this would be the last one of the 2023 Summer Quarterly Circuit (July to September) and we would have several bowlers vying for a place in the top 4 in quarterly points. We would see another good turnout with 105 total entries (79 qualifying and 26 economy parlays), 30 cashers and a 1 in 3.5 cash ratio, paying out over $6,300.00 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers bowled on the 37ft Kegel Radium oil pattern. For whatever reason, regardless of the oil pattern, this center has always seen high scores at our tournaments. This pattern was considered a short pattern at 37ft but had a lot more volume and with the older lane surfaces at this center once the oil pattern broke down and saw some carry down from the urethane being used, then we would see a lot of big scores this weekend.

AMF McRay - 9/4/2023

This weekend’s event was our 3-Day Labor Day Major at AMF McRay.  This is the first time that we have been to this center for a Major and we would see 222 total entries with 183 qualifying and 39 parlay entries this weekend.  We can’t thank the bowling community enough for all the help in making this such a successful event.  The event had 60 cashers, a 1 in 3.7 cash ratio and paid out over $17,500.00 in main and side event prize funds.  The players bowled on a 42ft Stars & Stripes oil pattern (2022 USBC Nationals Team pattern) that proved to be very playable but tough if they were broken down wrong.  It seemed that some bowlers matched up well and others not as well.  It would put a premium on avoiding splits and picking up spares.  The scores were pretty much on par with bowlers only needing to average about 10 pins above average per game to make the cut.  The scores were a bit higher on Saturday, but it seemed that with each strip and re-oil, the pattern would even out, with

Let it Roll Bowl - 8/13/2023

This weekend we were back for another “Early Bird” 2-Squad tournament at Let it Roll Bowl. We would see a total of 83 entries (60 qualifying and 23 economy parlays), 2X cashers, a 1 in 3.19 cash ratio and paid out over $5,700.00 in main and side event prizefunds! The players bowled on the 41ft Kegel Helium oil pattern that played soft compared to other patterns that we have used in the past. The pattern would have a lot of volume in the middle but was a bit flat on the outside portions of the lane. We would see a few bowlers get lined up and shoot some higher scores. The cut this weekend was a lot higher than normal with bowlers needing to score about 20 to 30 pins over there average, per game, to advance.

Bowlero Via Linda - 7/30/2023

Our event this weekend was at Bowlero Via Linda, and we had a huge turnout for our 2-squad event! We would see 106 total entries (84 qualifying and 22 parlays), 29 cashers, 1 in 3.65 cash ratio and paid out over $6,600.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on a 2023 42ft PBA Scorpion oil pattern that was new and had a lot more volume than everyone was expecting. Many of the bowlers would think that since there was more oil volume 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. If you got too wide with your angles too early, then it would not come back. We had straighter players do well to start but once the pattern started to breakdown, we would see players that like to curve it more and cover more boards, would find success.