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AMF McRay - 2/19/2023

We would be at AMF McRay this weekend for another 2-squad standard event! With so many other tournaments going on throughout the Valley we were lucky to have 108 total entries (89 qualifying and 19 economy parlays). We would see 29 cashers with a 1 in 3.75 cash ratio and we would pay out over $7,600 in main and side event prize funds. The bowlers would play on a very tough 41ft Kegel Turnpike. The pattern is pretty flat for the first 20 feet of the lane with some shape in the middle, this would mean that you would have to play a pretty tight line and if you got the ball out too far outside, it wouldn’t come back. The key to this event was to leave makeable spares and string strikes when you could. The average cut score was around +40 to advance to the quarterfinals which meant that you had to get about 10 pins above your average per game.

Glenfair Lanes - 2/5/2023

Our event this weekend was at Glenfair Lanes, and we had another great turnout for our Early Bird 2-squad tournament. We had 142 total entries (97 qualifying & 45 economy parlays) for only 2 squads! We would see 36 prize winners and a 1 in 3.94 cash ratio, paying out over $8,600 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 44ft Kegel Titanium oil pattern that was very high scoring. The pattern did have a slight out of bounds, so if you got it too far towards the gutter early, but it wouldn’t come back. We would see a lot of higher scores than usual but going from pair to pair there were some big differences and once the oil pattern started to break down in the later squads, then scores started to increase. It would take about +70 to qualify for the quarterfinals with bowlers needing to bowl 20-25 pins over their average per game to advance.

Bowlero Kyrene - 1/29/2023

We had our 2nd event of the 2023 season this weekend at Bowlero Kyrene and we had another great turnout! We would see 161 total entries (123 qualifying and 38 economy parlays) with 40 cashers, a 1 in 4 cash ratio and paid out over $10,000.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a squirrely 35ft PBA Cheetah pattern that played a bit longer than the previous versions that was laid out. Also, the center had updated some of their lanes since our last event here. There was a difference in how to attack the pattern, but those that found success were able to play up the gutter and get their ball to roll correctly through the pins. The average cut score was a bit higher as shorter pattern’s scores are usually on the high side.

Bowlero Mesa - 1/8/2023

This weekend we kicked off the 2023 season with our first event this weekend at Bowlero Mesa.  We had a huge turnout with 174 total entries (134 qualifying entries and 40 economy parlays entries).  It was great to see everyone come out and support our event as we were making our return from the shortened 2022 season.  We had 46 cashers, a 1 in 3.6 cash ratio and paid out over $11,000.00 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 doesn’t 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 Mesa - 9/18/2022

Our event this weekend was at AMF Mesa, and it would be our last event of the 2022 Summer Quarterly Circuit. Our season points race, to determine our Player of the Year, is also broken into quarterly circuits with prizes awarded for the Top 4 bowlers in each quarter. We had a lighter turnout considering there were plenty of other events going on throughout the Valley and especially with the NFL season kicking off the previous weekend. We had 85 total entries (70 qualifying & 15 economy parlays) for 2 squads, with 24 prize winners and a 1 in 3.54 cash ratio. We paid out over $6,500 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a pattern we don’t 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 isn’t really an option at the beginning.

Bowlero Kyrene - 9/5/2022

This weekend’s event was our 3-Day Labor Day Major at Bowlero Kyrene. We would see 350 total entries (238 qualifying and 112 parlay entries) this weekend which would get close to but would come up short on our qualifying entries record that we set Memorial Day Major event! It was great to see everyone come out to compete and have a good time. Honestly, we cannot thank the bowling community enough for all the help in making this such a successful event. We would draw entries from around the state and it was great to see some bowlers that we have not seen a while.

Bowlero Via Linda - 8/21/2022

Our event this weekend was at Bowlero Via Linda, and we had another great turnout for our 2-squad event! We had 136 total entries (107 qualifying and 29 parlays), 35 cashers, 1 in 3.88 cash ratio and paid out just over $10,000.00 in main and side event prize funds! 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. The cut scores were pretty low with bowlers only needing to bowl a few pins over their average to advance to the quarterfinal round. The main key for the day was to leave a makeable spares and pick it up.

AMF Union Hills - 7/31/2022

Our event this weekend was at AMF Union Hills, and we had another great turnout in back-to-back weekends. We had 139 total entries (100 qualifying & 39 economy parlays) for 2 squads, with 35 prize winners and a 1 in 3.97 cash ratio, paying out over $9,200 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 43ft Kegel Deadman’s Curve oil pattern that played very soft at this center. 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 a lot of higher scores than usual but going from pair to pair there were some big differences, but once the oil pattern started to break down in the later squads, then scores started to pick up. It would take about +80 to qualify for the quarterfinals with bowlers needing to bowl 20-30 pins over their average per game to advance.

AMF McRay - 7/24/2022

Our event this weekend was at AMF McRay, and we would have a great turnout. We would have 141 total entries (95 qualifying and 46 economy parlays) with 37 cashers, a 1 in 3.91 cash ratio and paid out over $9,700.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on the 40ft Kegel Highway to Hell oil pattern that played pretty tough for most of the day. There were some higher scores, but bowlers were able to play a variety of angles on this pattern. The key was to leave makeable spares and stay close to even for most of the games. The cut scores stayed around +30 for most of the day, which meant that you had to bowl about just a bit over your average each game to qualify.

Bowlero Kyrene - 7/9/2022

We kicked off our 2022 Summer Circuit this weekend at Bowlero Kyrene and we had a great turnout! We would see 140 entries (108 qualifying and 32 economy parlays) with 35 cashers, a 1 in 4 cash ratio and paid out over $9,000.00 in main and side event prize funds. The players bowled on a squirrely 35ft PBA Cheetah pattern that played a bit longer than the previous versions that was laid out. There was a difference in how to attack the pattern, but those that found success were able to play up the gutter and get their ball to roll correctly through the pins. The average cut score was a bit higher, but with this shorter pattern scores are usually on the high side.