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AMF Mesa - 7/16/2023

Our event this weekend was at AMF Mesa, and we had another good turnout for our 2-squad event! We would see 114 total entries (83 qualifying and 31 parlays), 32 cashers, 1 in 3.56 cash ratio and paid out over $7,100.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on the 40ft 2010 USBC Senior Master’s oil pattern that was very misleading. Many of the bowlers would think that since there was more oil volume that it would play like a house shot, but with all the oil on the outside of the lanes it made it very hard to swing the ball. Because the pattern was flat in the middle and heavy on the outside of the lane. Bowlers had to make their shots or the ball out sail or crossover on each shot if you missed in or a bit outside. The cut scores were low with bowlers only needing to bowl a little over their average to advance to the quarterfinal round. The main key was to leave makeable spares and pick them up.

Bowlero Mesa - 7/2/2023

This weekend we kicked off the 2023 Summer Quarterly Circuit (July - September) at Bowlero Mesa. With the long holiday weekend and all the other events going on this weekend we still had a good turnout. We would see 95 total entries (78 qualifying and 17 economy parlays) with 32 prize winners and a cash ratio of 1 in 4, which paid out over $6,000 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers played on the 39ft PBA Chameleon oil pattern. The players bowled on a 39ft PBA Chameleon oil pattern that 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 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.

AMF McRay - 6/25/2023

Our event this weekend was at AMF McRay for another 2-squad tournament. This would be the last one of the 2023 Spring Quarterly Circuit (April to June) and we would have several bowlers vying for a place in the top 4 in quarterly points. We would see another good turnout with 108 total entries (82 qualifying and 26 economy parlays), 31 cashers and a 1 in 3.48 cash ratio, paying out over $7,500.00 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers bowled on the new 2023 version of the 35ft PBA Cheetah oil pattern. The pattern was considered a short pattern at 35ft but had a lot more volume and forced a lot of bowlers from moving left as the carry down transition to moving right towards the gutter and slowing their ball speed down to get their ball to react correctly. The key for this weekend was trying to make high quality shots and pick up your spares.

Bowlero Kyrene - 6/11/2023

This weekend we had a 3-squad standard tournament at Bowlero Mesa.  We had a huge turnout with 139 total entries (100 qualifying entries and 39 economy parlays entries).  We had 34 cashers, a 1 in 4.11 cash ratio and paid out over $8,300.00 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.

Glenfair - 5/29/2023

This weekend’s event was our 3-Day Memorial Day Major at Glenfair Lanes. We would see 254 total entries (210 qualifying and 44 parlay entries) this weekend and we can’t thank the bowling community enough for all the help in making this such a successful event. The event had 70 cashers, a 1 in 4 cash ratio and paid out over $20,000.00 in main and side event prize funds. It was great to see everyone come out to compete and had a good time. We would draw entries from around the state to bowl our event. The players bowled on a 41ft Patriot (41ft PBA Bear) oil pattern that proved to be playable but very tough when moving pair to pair. There were some bowlers that seemed to match up well for a game or two but would get lost in transition and this would put a premium on spare shooting. Bowlers had to be able to leave makeable spares and try to repeat shots. The scores were on par with bowlers only needing to get slightly above average to make the cut.

Cotton Bowl - 5/7/2023

This weekend we made a trip down south to Cotton Bowl Lanes in Casa Grande, AZ for a 2-day event. Since Tawna always comes up to us every other weekend, we thought we would give her a break and come down to visit her! We had a nice turnout, for a 12-lane bowling center, as we would have 81 total entries (61 qualifying and 20 economy parlays) paying out over $4,800 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers played on the very tough 40ft 2022 USBC Master’s oil pattern. The pattern made it hard to control the backends on the fresh and would calm down once there was some carry down as the pattern started to break down. It also allowed for bowlers to play a variety of angles and you could see as the lanes played differently from pair to pair. The average score to make the quarterfinals was around +30 which meant you only had a get a few pins over your average to advance. That was easier said than done.

AMF Chandler - 4/30/2023

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 90 total entries (65 qualifying and 25 economy parlays). We would see 27 prize winners with a 1 in 3.33 cash ratio and we would pay out over 5,200 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 39ft Kegel Plutonium oil pattern that played very soft at this center. The pattern is a bit flat towards the end of the pattern and allowed for a variety of angles to be 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. It seemed like on the free oil was where most of the higher scores would be bowled with scores tailing off after each squad. It would take about +100 to qualify for the quarterfinals with bowlers needing to bowl 25-35 pins over their average per game to advance.

Let it Roll Bowl - 4/16/2023

We kicked off the 2023 Spring Quarterly Circuit (April 2023 – June 2023) this weekend at Let it Roll Bowl. We were making our return to the center for the first time in over six years and the renovations looked great. We had a total of 106 total entries (83 main entries and 23 economy parlays) paying out over $6,400.00 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers played on the 43ft Kegel Krypton oil pattern that was a bit tricky for both squads. Bowlers were able to play a variety of angles on the pattern. The cut scores stayed around +60 for most of the day, which meant that you had to bowl about 15-20 pins over your average per game to qualify.

Bowlero Via Linda - 3/26/2023

We were at Bowlero Via Linda this weekend for our last event of the 2023 Winter Quarterly Circuit (January to March). We had another huge turnout for our 2-squad event! We would see 117 total entries (86 qualifying and 31 parlays), 32 cashers, 1 in 3.65 cash ratio and paid out over $6,500.00 in main and side event prize funds! The players bowled on a 38ft PBA Mike Aulby oil pattern that we have previously used at this center. Many of the bowlers would think that since there was more oil volume that it would play like a house shot, but with all the oil in the front of the lanes it made it extremely hard to swing the ball in the earlier squads.

AMF Mesa - 3/12/2023

Our event this weekend was at AMF Mesa and we had a pretty good turnout considering there were other events going on throughout the Valley.  We had 102 total entries (75 qualifying & 27 economy parlay) for 2 squads, with 30 prize winners and a 1 in 3.4 cash ratio.  We paid out over $5,600 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.