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    Arizona Classic Bowlers Tournament

Barry Gilitiuk Jr. Captures December ACBA Open Tournament a Brunswick Mesa, Averaging 240, Lanndyn Carnate Second,

Cliff Connors Takes the Senior Division - And SpecialRolloff Match with Gilitiuk

See video of ACBA Bowlers 1 -12 min.

See video of ACBA Bowlers 2 - 12 Min.

 Mesa, Az., December - Barry Gilitiuk Jr., bowling in his first ACBA Tournament in several years, won the ACBA Open Tournament averaging 240 for six games on a difficult 2542 kegel sport condition.

Barry came on strong in the last game to edge out Lanndyn Carnate who finished second and averaged 238.5.

Ron Simonis, TD, Barry Gilitiuk Jr, Cliff Connors

  Barry totaled 1442 for six games, Lanndyn 1431. Barry is an extremely hard throwing right hander. He uses a no-thumb delivery and sometimes gets the speed of his shot up to 25 mph.

Lanndyn Carnate

 Lanndyn is a very smooth stroking player who gets a lot of revs on the ball.

  Cliff Connors took the ACBA Senior division averaging 223 for six games.

  In a special rolloff match, Barry Gilitiuk Jr. bowled Cliff Connors for the overall title for the day. It was a two-game match total pins wins.

  The senior Cliff won the two-game match 436 to 390 when Barry opened in two frames late in the second game. Cliff shot 209 and 227. Barry had 203 and 187.

See video Cliff vs Barry  Game 1 - 15 minutes

See video Cliff vs Barry  Game 2 - 17 minutes

    Cliff used a Storm Virtual Gravity Nano ball in the first four games of the tournament. He then finished up with a Storm Tropical Heat ball to enable him to adjust for the drier lane conditions. Cliff uses a great deal of loft.

  Barry used a Columbia Outburst ball in the early going and then later went with a Track 715 T Ball. He used, at times, the older Hammer Pearl ball, an offshoot of the original great blue hammer urethane ball, for his spares.

  Elsewhere in the ACBA Open Division, Ben Laughlin, a previous exempt bowler on the PBA National Tour, came in third with 1359.

 Tall smooth stroking lefty Kevin Jenkins shot a 289 game in the final round - the highest game shot for the day. Jenkins came in fourth with a 1339. Coming in fifth was Dave Cirigliano with 1337 and sixth was lefty Brett Wolfe with 1329.

  Elsewhere, in the ACBA senior Division, Mike Landrith came in second with 1318 for six games, Ron Simonis was third with 1312, Mike Friedrichs was fourth with 1281 and Pete Partridge and Karl Simonis were tied in sixth with 1260. Steven Anderson shot the day's high game for the seniors, a 267.

Aesha Turner

  Smooth stroking Aesha Turner did the best among the lades scoring 1161 for six. games.

See video Aesah Turner's style

The Mesa ACBA Tournament was played on the Kegel 2542 sport pattern.

The bowlers were not told which pattern was being used.

 Go to final results of ACBA Open.

  Go to final results of ACBA Senior Division

  Kegel Sport 2542   Typical House Shot


Arizona Classic Bowlers Tournament

  Robert Lewis wins October ACBA Tournament at AMF McRay Lanes, Lanndyn Carnate Second on the Broadway Pattern,

  Lefty Tony Maresca Wins Senior Division,

  Chandler, Az., - October.- Robert Lewis bowling in only his second ACBA Tournament this year won the ACBA Major Event at AMF McRay Lanes in Chandler.

  In the two-game total pins final, Lewis shot 266 and 224 for a total of 490. That topped Lanndyn Carnate's 449, which came on games of 214 and 235.

  Robert used a basic down-and-in shot over the 10 board. He did it with precision. During the match he moved a bit inside. He used a Roto-Grip Critical Theory ball and the older Total Inferno from Brunswick.

  See  Robert Lewis's league average history.

  Lewis led the 8 qualifying by shooting 1836 for a 229 average. In the second game of qualifying, he had the highest game at 258.

  Lanndyn's downfall came when he left two splits on the left lane during his match with Lewis.

  In the preliminary knockout matches. Michael Haugen Jr. ousted hard throwing lefty Kevin Jenkins192 to 175.

Jenkins had two opens early in the match. He never recovered.

  In the next match, Haugen edged Matt Villegas 238 to 237. Haugen was clutch throwing the last four strikes to eke out the win. Villegas left a 10-pint in the final frame when he needed a strike to win. A tough loss for the hard-throwing righthander.

  Earlier in the tournament Matt shot a 300 game in the third round. He was swinging the ball with big revs.

  Lanndyn eliminated Haugen 248 to 247 in a thrilling match. Lanndyn, a hard throwing right hander, was using  Track bowling balls. Haugen was working with 900-Global balls.

See video Tony Maresca - Alan Grobmeier match - 2 -games - 35 minutes

  In the senior division, Tony Maresca defeated Alan Grobmeier in a two game match by 426 to 382.

  Tony shot 201 and 225, while Alan shot 193 to 189. Tony a smooth lefty played an outside line. He used a Storm Regal Supreme ball.

  Alan had led the 8-game senior qualifier by a comfortable margin shooting 1853 for a 231 average.

 

  In the senior knockout rolloff, Randy Reis, a smooth stroking righthader, eliminated Steve Anderson by shooting a sensational 299 to Steve's 183. Randy left a soft 10-pin on his last shot.

  Randy then knocked out Kelly Urrea 204 to 183.

  Tony Marecso eliminted Randy with a 237 to 203 win.

  The overall scoring for the tournament was good. Ron Simonis directed the tournament.

  The pattern was the Kegel Broadway

   This 37 foot pattern is named after the wide open street in Manhattan called BROADWAY, which ironically originates at a park called Bowling Green. BROADWAY was originally translated from the Dutch name of ‘Breede weg’ because of its location in New Amsterdam. Because of the medium short length of this pattern and light volume of conditioner towards the outside portion of the lane, players can arrive to the pocket on the BROADWAY from multiple directions.

Broadway Pattern


Arizona Classic Bowlers Tournament

 Chris Klerk Captures July ACBA Tournament At Glenfair Lanes on the Tough U.S. Open condition, Mat Jones Second

 Warren Eales Runs Away With Senior-Ladies Division

  Glendale, Az., - July - Chris Klerk won the Arizona Classic Bowlers Association Tournament at Glenfair Lanes in July on the tough US Open Condition.

Josh Blanchard

  Mat Jones was second coming on strong at the end.

  Cliff Connors

  The four top finalists in qualifying bowled a round-robin playoff to determine the tournament winner.

  Klerk beat Ben Laughlin in his first match 247 to 173. Chris left an 8-10 split on a solid pocket hit  in the first frame of his game. However, he shook it off and bowled solid the rest of the way.

See video Chris Klerk vs Ben Laughlin game

  Chris played deep inside around board 25 with a breakpoint around 10 to 12. Laughlin was going up about 20. Chris played around 25 in all his final matches.

 Klerk's second match was against Craig Spencer, who was among the leaders in qualifying.

 Craig opened in two of  his first four frames and could not muster a rally. Meanwhile Chris had trouble carrying on the left lane. Final: Klerk 217- Spencer 181.

  Klerk's final game was against Mat Jones. Mat won with an excellent 255 to Chris's 236. However, Chris had built up a point lead and coasted to the win.

See video Chris Klerk vs Craig Spencer game.

  Chris, on the Columbia staff, told BowlingArizona he used a Columbia Full Swing ball. (see Columbia Full Swing details)

  In the senior-ladies division, Warren Eales, playing a deep inside line, coasted to an easy win. He maintained a steady shot and good scoring to draw away from the field.

  Warren, a versatile player, who many times likes to play outside - up the 10 or 5 board -showed his moxy.

  Two ladies participated - Rachelle Davis and Tina Niles.

 The U.S. Open pattern is one of the most difficult to score on because of  its relatively flat pattern.

  The US Open pattern features the toughest lane oil pattern in all bowling. It is a "flat" oil pattern with equal oil placed on each board gutter to gutter. The length is 42 feet of oil.  

  Premium shot making and precision accuracy are required to score well on this condition.   

 Many claim the US Open oil pattern is responsible for the lack of left-handed winners in this tournament, because there isn't enough ball traffic on the left side to create a "track area.

 When Mike Scroggins won the 2009 event in North Brunswick, NJ, he became the first left-hander in 20 years (Mike Aulby, 1989) to earn a U.S. Open title.

 Interestingly, Aulby's win was on an oil pattern where oil was applied more heavily on the outer boards (that is, those closest to the gutters), to the point where the outer parts of the lanes were effectively unplayable

  Arizona Classic Bowlers Tournament

   Lanndyn Carnate Wins June ACBA Tournament At AMF Mesa on Difficult "Modified House Condition," Mat Jones Second

 Kelly Urrea Captures Senior Division, Warren Eales Runner Up

See video Kelly Urrea - Warren Eales Match - Game 1

See video Kelly Urrea - Warren Eales Match - Game 2

  Mesa, Az., June -  Smooth but hard throwing Lanndyn Carnate won the ACBA Open Tournament at AMF Mesa Lanes on June 26.

He beat Mat Jones in the final two game match - with a total of 382 to 363.

   "The condition was brutal," Lanndyn said afterwards. "It was a grind."  

 He used a Track 715T bowling ball and a Columbia World Beater ball.

  Carnate shot 179 and 203 in the final two games. That topped Jones' games of 170 and 193.

  In the senior division. Kelly Urrea came out on top beating Warren Eales.

 They are teammates in the East Valley Open League at Mesa Brunswick.

  Kelly shot a solid 447 to Warren's 375.

  Urrea shot games of 211 and 236, while Eales rolled 206 and 169.

 Eales was topped qualifier in the Senior Group. He shot 1178 for 6 games for a 196 average or a minus 22.

   Jason Hall manager of AMF Mesa put down an extremely difficult "modified house pattern."

 He told Bowlingarizona during the tournament that the lanes were oiled 38 feet with the AMF summit machine. They were oiled heavy with the purpose of making the outside six boards "out of bounds." The oil also made the track area difficult to play.

  The front end was oiled heavy, while the back end was extremely dry. The shot required an ability to line up right, be accurate and to control one's speed.

  Making it even more difficult was that new pins were used causing the bowlers to leave a lot of corners. Powerful stroking Chris Klerk, who was a leader during the tournament, smiled wryly after smashing the pocket on a shot and leaving a solid 8-10 split.

  Most of the finalist played inside with a tight line to the pocket.

  Carnate made his way through to the finals by eliminating Brett Wolfe 211 to 172. He next knocked out Mike Bronsart 218 to 208. He then eliminated Chris Klerk to set up the final match with Jones.

  Mat Jones bowled great in qualifying to lead all Open Bowlers. He shot 1271 for a plus 71 or a 211 average.

  In the Senior Division, Karl Simonis beat his brother Ron Simonis 188 to 166. However, Curtis Dornath knocked out Karl - 224 to 180.

  Kelly Urrea eliminated Curtis 226 to 212. That set up the finals with Eales.


 The ASU Experience Tournament - The Challenge of Various Lane Conditions

  Jory Koizumi Captures ASU Experience Tournament at AMF Squaw Peak Lanes, Tina Stickney Second

  Jory Koizumi won the May 12 (Thursday) ASU Experience Tournament at AMF Squaw Peak Lanes in Phoenix. Jory defeated Tina Stickney in the final match 216 to 180.

  The tournament is unique in that bowlers qualify by bowling 5 games across 10 lanes with a variety of  lane oiling patterns for each lane.

  They do not get to know the pattern for each lane ahead of time. Wow!

  Jory was the top qualifier after the first five games.

See video Jory Koizumi vs, Tina Stickney - Game - 10 min - commentator Kris Maglunog

 The cut was 32 under (a 200 average) for the five games.

  Among the six top qualifiers were Michael Haugen, PBA star, and Mike Friedrichs, a top bowler on the ACBA circuit.   

  In the knockout elimination games after qualifying, Haugen beat Friedrichs 246 to 201.

Haugen ran a string of strikes early in the game and Friedrichs could never catch up. Haugen had a 278 game in the qualifying round, but also some bumps in other games. It is a challenge!

 Friedrichs, an extremely accurate player, found himself going Jersey early in the match. That showed the difficulty of lining up on the condition.

 Haugen, a favorite in the tournament, next met Stickney. It was an exciting match. Mike struck out in the tenth for a 237. However, Tina showed her grit by striking out in the tenth too and beating Mike with a 238.

  That put Tina in the final match with Jory, a third-year student at ASU. Jory is from Hawaii. Jory got off to a strong start in the match and showed a lot of confidence in closing it out.

 Kris Maglunog, captain of the ASU bowling club, was commentator of the final match.

  Jordan Nassberg is coach of the ASU Bowling Club. Michael Haugen is assistant coach.

 Jordan does a good job setting up the challenging lane conditions. The entry fee is $12 with part of the proceeds going to the ASU Bowling Club. They hold the tournament on Thursday starting at 7 p.m. for practice.

  One top bowler said the conditions can be brutal. The winner gets to select the conditions for the next tournament. It is open to anyone who would like to bowl.

 One can contact Jordan at  jordannassberg@msn.com or Kris at kbmaglunog@gmail.com for details

  Below is the list of the oiling patterns used for the tournament.:

  Lane 21 - 2010 Collegiate Sectional - 42 feet

  Lane 22 - New Shot - 37 feet

  Lane 23 - 2010 USBC college team -  40 feet

  Lane 24 - Jordan pattern - 45 feet

  Lane 25  - Winding Road - 39 feet

  Lane 26 - Winding Road - 39 feet

  Lane 27 - Jordan - 45 feet

  Lane 28 -  2010 USBC college team -  40 feet

  Lane 29 - New Shot - 37 feet

  Lane 30 -  2010 Collegiate Sectional - 42 feet

  Some patterns available but not used during this tourmanemtn include:  Dead Mans Curve - 43 feet,  Boardwalk - 35 feet, Autobahn - 42 feet,  2008 ITC - 40 feet,  2010 USBC Jumior Gold  - 40 feet,  2009 ITC - 39 feet


    Arizona Classic Bowlers Tournament

   Brett Wolfe Wins ACBA's Tournament At AMF McRay, Michael Haugen Finishes Second.

 Tina Stickney Takes Senior-Ladies Division and shoots 300, Randy Reis Second

  April 17 - Brett Wolfe put on a display of excellent strike bowling and split making to capture the ACBA Tournament held at McRay Lanes in Chandler Sunday, April 17.

  Brett Wolfe

  In a thrilling two-game final match with Michael Haugen, Wolfe came out on top 493 to 487.

 See video Brett Wolfe vs Michael Haugen - Game 1 - 15 min.

 The players had the crowd cheering at the end of the match as they rolled strings of strikes.

  Michael Haugen

 In the first game, Wolfe shot 214 to Haugen's 198. It was a tough game for Haugen who had six 9-pin leaves.

 See video Brett Wolfe vs Michael Haugen  - Game 2 - 13 min.

  In the second game Haugen shot a sensational 289 game, but Wolfe rose to the challenge rolling a 279 game and striking out to win the match.

 Haugen made an adjustment in the second game after his difficulties with carry in the first game. He ran off 10 strikes in a row. He just missed a 300 game by leaving a shaky 10-pin. A tough loss!

  However, Brett deserved the win with his gutsy performance. The smooth stroking Lefty  made it to the finals by converting the almost impossible  7-10 split in the final frame of his first match. In that one, he shot 238 against Mat Jones' 220 and Dave Cirigliano's 204.

  Wolfe then beat Ed Smaglik 268 to 212. Next Wolfe disposed of Ron Schloss 225 to 194.

 In the Haugen match, Wolfe used his blue hammer urethane ball and played a swing shot off the 5 board. Haugen, who is on the 900 Global staff, used a Bank Pearl and the Long Shot and went up the outside boards.

  Go to Michael Haugen's website

 Haugen was sensational in qualifying shooting a 2033 for eight games, or a 254 average. His first two games were 280 and 286. He used a down-and-in shot and was matched up well with his equipment.

 Wolfe shot 1823 for qualifying for a 227 average.

 They bowled on the Kegel Boardwalk oil pattern.  

  BOARDWALK - 2435 Based upon the 2000 PBA Indianapolis Open pattern which was created by Kegel, this pattern is designed to play towards the edge board. Because of the relatively short 35 foot length of the BOARDWALK, players will need to control the excessive change of direction of the bowling ball as it enters the 25 feet of dry backend. Since lanes do have many topographical differences, on some lanes the BOARDWALK will require a more direct route to the pocket while other lane characteristics may allow players to swing the ball to the edge board. Like all wooden walkways, this pattern can provide great excitement but stray too far off the BOARDWALK and you'll find yourself in the moat!

 See video on Kegel Boardwalk pattern - 11 min.

  Go To tip to bowl on house vs sport pattern

Senior-Ladies Division

 Tina Stickney won the Senior-Ladies division by beating Randy Reis 404 to 384 in a two-game match.

  Tina Stickney

 Tina shot 169 and 235. Randy shot 163 and 221. It was a tough loss for Randy, who had worked his way up the rolloffs.

 See video of Tina Stickney vs Randy Reis - Game 2 - 15 min.

 He left splits in the last two frames of his last game with Tina. She then struck out to clinch the title.

 Tina, who is on the Storm Staff,  used a Storm Marvel ball in her match with Randy.

 Tina led all qualifiers in the Senior-Ladies division. She shot 1859 for 8 games for a 232 average. She also shot a 300. Nice going!

 In the Senior-Ladies step ladder final matches. Karl Simonis shot 227 to beat Warren Eales 191 and Rachell Davis' 166.

 Next, Randy Reis shot 219 to beat Simonis' 201 and Cliff Connors' 185.

 Next Reis and Carry Hoffman tied at 225 to 225. Reis won the rolloff. Reis then put Kevin Gawelko away with a strong 257 to 201.


Arizona Classic Bowlers Tournament   

   Brett Wolfe Wins ACBA's May Tournament At AMF McRay, Michael Haugen Finishes Second.

 Tina Stickney Takes Senior-Ladies Division and shoots 300, Randy Reis Second

  April 17 - Brett Wolfe put on a display of excellent strike bowling and split making to capture the ACBA Tournament held at McRay Lanes in Chandler Sunday, April 17.

  Brett Wolfe

  In a thrilling two-game final match with Michael Haugen, Wolfe came out on top 493 to 487.

 See video Brett Wolfe vs Michael Haugen - Game 1 - 15 min.

 The players had the crowd cheering at the end of the match as they rolled strings of strikes.

  Michael Haugen

 In the first game, Wolfe shot 214 to Haugen's 198. It was a tough game for Haugen who had six 9-pin leaves.

 See video Brett Wolfe vs Michael Haugen  - Game 2 - 13 min.

  In the second game Haugen shot a sensational 289 game, but Wolfe rose to the challenge rolling a 279 game and striking out to win the match.

 Haugen made an adjustment in the second game after his difficulties with carry in the first game. He ran off 10 strikes in a row. He just missed a 300 game by leaving a shaky 10-pin. A tough loss!

  However, Brett deserved the win with his gutsy performance. The smooth stroking Lefty  made it to the finals by converting the almost impossible  7-10 split in the final frame of his first match. In that one, he shot 238 against Mat Jones' 220 and Dave Cirigliano's 204.

  Wolfe then beat Ed Smaglik 268 to 212. Next Wolfe disposed of Ron Schloss 225 to 194.

 In the Haugen match, Wolfe used his blue hammer urethane ball and played a swing shot off the 5 board. Haugen, who is on the 900 Global staff, used a Bank Pearl and the Long Shot and went up the outside boards.

  Go to Michael Haugen's website

 Haugen was sensational in qualifying shooting a 2033 for eight games, or a 254 average. His first two games were 280 and 286. He used a down-and-in shot and was matched up well with his equipment.

 Wolfe shot 1823 for qualifying for a 227 average.

 They bowled on the Kegel Boardwalk oil pattern.  

  BOARDWALK - 2435 Based upon the 2000 PBA Indianapolis Open pattern which was created by Kegel, this pattern is designed to play towards the edge board. Because of the relatively short 35 foot length of the BOARDWALK, players will need to control the excessive change of direction of the bowling ball as it enters the 25 feet of dry backend. Since lanes do have many topographical differences, on some lanes the BOARDWALK will require a more direct route to the pocket while other lane characteristics may allow players to swing the ball to the edge board. Like all wooden walkways, this pattern can provide great excitement but stray too far off the BOARDWALK and you'll find yourself in the moat!

 See video on Kegel Boardwalk pattern - 11 min.

  Go To tip to bowl on house vs sport pattern

Senior-Ladies Division

 Tina Stickney won the Senior-Ladies division by beating Randy Reis 404 to 384 in a two-game match.

  Tina Stickney

 Tina shot 169 and 235. Randy shot 163 and 221. It was a tough loss for Randy, who had worked his way up the rolloffs.

 See video of Tina Stickney vs Randy Reis - Game 2 - 15 min.

 He left splits in the last two frames of his last game with Tina. She then struck out to clinch the title.

 Tina, who is on the Storm Staff,  used a Storm Marvel ball in her match with Randy.

 Tina led all qualifiers in the Senior-Ladies division. She shot 1859 for 8 games for a 232 average. She also shot a 300. Nice going!

 In the Senior-Ladies step ladder final matches. Karl Simonis shot 227 to beat Warren Eales 191 and Rachell Davis' 166.

 Next, Randy Reis shot 219 to beat Simonis' 201 and Cliff Connors' 185.

 Next Reis and Carry Hoffman tied at 225 to 225. Reis won the rolloff. Reis then put Kevin Gawelko away with a strong 257 to 201.


Brett Wolfe Captures ACBA Tournament At AMF Christown Lanes, Mat Jones Second in a Tight Match

 Ron Simonis Takes Senior Division, Pete Partridge Second

  Brett Wolfe

  March 13 - Lefty Brett Wolfe won the Arizona Classic Bowlers Association Open at AMF Christown Lanes on Sunday March 13.

 See video of Brett Wolfe - Mat Jones match - 2 games - 30 min.

  Wolfe defeated Jones in a two-game match by the close score of 462 to 458. Wolfe left a split in the second game opening the door for Jones. But, Mat got stung with some 10-pin leaves and fell short.

  Brett shot 264 and 199 for his 462 series. Jones came in  with a 224 and a 234 for his 458.

  Mathew Jones

  Brett played an inside line with a modest swing through the third arrow. Jones was inside but a bit tighter on the right side.

  Brett showed his stuff by shaking off a slow start in qualifying and coming on with two big 270-games.

  Jones led the six-game qualifying with a 1468 or a sensational 244 average. Wolfe was second at 1413 or a 235 average.

  Kyle King

  In the preliminary rolloff, Kyle King topped Matt Villegas with a 268 to 220 score. Jones then eliminated King with a 268 to 238 score.

 Wolfe made it to the finals by downing Ron Schloss 245 to 220.

   Senior Division

In the senior division, Ron Simonis trumped Pete Partridge with a two game total of 464 versus 389.

  Ron Simonis

  Ron shot 225 and 234. He used a deep inside line. Pete used his favorite outside line and shot 210 and 179.

 See video of Ron Simonis - Pete Partridge match - 2 games - 30 min.

  Ron had a shot at 300 in the qualifying but left a 10-pin and finished with 279. The same happened for Mat Jones in qualifying.

  In the preliminary shoot-out, Partridge knocked out Warren Eales 247 to 235. Partridge then eliminated top senior qualifier Mike Friedrichs 245 to 231.

  Pete Partridge

  Friedrichs led the senior qualifying with a 232 average for six games.

  Ron got to the finals by eliminating Carey Hoffman 246 to 222.

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    Mat Jones "Breaks the Ice" and Wins December ACBA Tournament at Mesa Brunswick, Keith Dommer Second

Pete Partridge Wins Senior Division

 See video ACBA Bowlers in Action - 6 min.

  Mathew Jones

December 18 - Mat Jones finally broke through to the winners circle by winning the December ACBA Tournament at Mesa Brunswick Lanes.

The prior two months Jones finished second in two ACBA events. This time he was not denied as he came through in the clutch.

 See video of Mat Jones vs. Keith Dommer match - 2 games - 30 min.

 Jones win was not easy. He beat Keith Dommer in a two-game total pin match by 455 to 451. Jones shot 200 in the first game. In the second game, he struck out to finish with 255.

  Keith Dommer

  He needed to get all of  them to win. He did!

  Jones used a Track 505a bowling ball and an inside line between 17 and 20 at the arrows out to about 7 in the final match.

  Dommer gave Jones all he could handle shooting 193 and 258. Dommer used a Motiv Sr2 ball. He played around 15 at the arrows.

  Jones led all open qualifiers with a six-game total of 1347 for a 224 average. Nice shooting Mat!

  Mike Friedrichs

  A key highlight during the qualifying was senior Mike Friedrichs shooting a 300 game. He used a Columbia Burst ball that was drilled with the pin below the fingers and 2000 cover stock.

  Mike recently shot in league competition a series of 300, 279 and 279. He  said he likes to go with leveraged drilled layouts on house conditions and pin under setups for the more difficult tournament shots.

 See video of Mike Friedrichs 300 game finish - 3 minutes

  In the knockdown matches in the open division. smooth stroking Dave Cirigliano topped hard throwing Bryan Mitchell 237 to 223. Bryan was stung with 2 ten pins late in the match that hurt. He shot a 288 in the first game of  qualifying.

 In the next match Cirigliano fell to Mike Sora. Sora shot 247 to Cirigliano's 226.

  Next, Keith Dommer eliminated Sora 215 to 203. That put Dommer in the finals with Jones.

  There were 25 bowlers in the Open Division. The condition was challenging.

  In the ACBA senior division Pete Partridge ran the gauntlet winning three straight matches to capture the senior title. Pete used a 900 Global Breakout Ball that was suggested by Dave Leverage who operates several pro shops. (See Dave's pro shops)

  Pete Partridge

 Ron Simonis, a tournament director and operator of Bowler Zone Pro shop in Mesa, Az., said Pete has won an ACBA tournament in the past six decades. Simonis said Pete won a tournament in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s 2000s and now 2010s.

As they use to say on the PBA TV commercial: "Winning never gets old."

 See video of Pete Partridge vs. Cliff Connors match - 2 games - 35 min.

  In the opening match of the senior division. Karl Simonis knocked out Mike Friedrichs 201 to 188. However, in the next match Simons left a devastating washout in the tenth. He fell to Partridge 201 to 188. Next Partridge took out Rod Dodd by bowling a sensational 279 to Dodd's 175.

 In the final match for the senior title it was Partridge and his down-and-in shot through 10 with a 900 Globe Breakout ball versus top qualifier Cliff Connors' swing shot. Connors had shot a 278 in the final qualifying to grab the top spot.

  Tina Stickney

  However, Partridge beat Connors in a two game match 437 to 382 to take the senior title.

 Partridge shot 192 and 245, while Connors had 180 and 202.

  There were 35 bowlers in the senior division, which also included ladies.

  Doing the best among the gals was Tina Stickney who shot 1158 for six, a 193 average.


Brandon Pretlove Strikes Out to Win November ACBA Tournament at RH Johnson Lanes, Mat Jones Second Again,

George Weston Takes Senior Division

  November 2010 - Brandon Pretlove, who moved to the Phoenix area just a few months ago from New Orleans, won the Arizona Classic Bowlers Open Tournament at RH Johnson Lanes on November 21. It was held in Sun City.

  Brandon Pretlove

 Pretlove, who uses a unique 7-step delivery, beat Mat Jones.

The two-game total score:  Pretlove 424 topping Jones' 413.

 See video of Brandon Pretlove vs. Mat Jones match - 14 min.

Pretlove came from behind to win. He shot 179 and then 245. He made a ball change in the middle of the second game to an Ebonite Mission 2 Ball. It worked great as he ran off a string of strikes.

  Mathew Jones

  Cheering on Brandon was his wife Kelly Pretlove, who is very knowledgeable about bowling. Nice going!

  See Brandon's league average history.

  Jones did well, but just missed the winners circle for the second straight tournament. He used Track bowling balls. One of them was Track's new Allterain ball.

 Jones was the leading qualifier after the first six games. He averaged 223. Bretlove was second averaging 210.  See Mat's League average history.

  Rusty Rickett

   In the  preliminary matches, lefty Rusty Rickett shot a sensational 275 with a Track Bowling ball to beat Lanndyn Carnate's 197, who was using an Ebonite Mission 2.

  However, Rickett was knocked out by Brandon Pretlove in the next match.. The score: Pretlove 225 versus Rickett's 207.

 Go to video Rusty Rickett's 275 vs  Lanndyn Carnate - 15 min.


In the ACBA Senior Division. George Weston topped Carey Hoffman. The two game total: 368 to 365.

George Weston

  Weston shot 200 and 168. Hoffman had 191 and 174.

 Weston was the top qualifier. He averaged 228 for six.

  See George's League Average History.

  Jeff Segneri finished third, Cliff Connors was fourth and Warren Eales was fifth.  

 Go to video George Weston vs. Carey Hofmann Game 1 - 16 min.

Go to video George Weston vs. Carey Hofmann Game 2 - 16 min.


Ben Laughlin Wins ACBA Open Tournament

  At Glenfair Lanes, Mat Jones Second,

Karl Simonis Wins Senior Division

  October 2010 - Ben Laughlin won the Arizona Classic Bowlers Association open Tournament at Glenfair lanes in Glendale, Az.,  on Sunday, October 17, by edging Mathew Jones in a two game total pin match.

  Ben Laughlin

  Mathew Jones

  The final two game total was Laughlin 421 to Jones's 419.  

Go to video of Ben's final game - 14 min.

 Laughlin shot 215 and 206. Jones shot 217 and 202. Jones opened in the tenth frame of the second game to lose the match in a real heartbreaker. It was a grind-it-out win by Laughlin who led the 8-game qualifying round.

  In the final match both played a deep inside line standing around 40, although Laughlin used more swing in his shot. One of  his key bowling balls was a Hammer Vibe Midnight.   Laughlin made a washout for a spare that in the end turned out to be the difference. Great spare shooting!

  See Ben's league average history.

 Jones was using a 715 C Track ball.

  Other top finishers: Rusty Rickett, Dave Cirigliano, Chris Klerk and Brandon Pretlove.

 Go to video of Mat Jones win versus Rusty Rickett and Dave Cirigliano - 20 min.

  Jones advanced to the finals by bowling a 217 to top Rickett and Cirigliano.

  Dave Cirigliano

 Cirigliano could not carry the pocket hits getting stung with leaving 4s and 10s. Lefty Rickett could not zero in on the pocket, but bowled well to finish 3rd overall.

  Rusty Rickett

  Karl Simonis won the senior division by defeating Carey Hoffman in a two game match 395 to 366. Simonis shot 237 and 158 against Hoffman's 204 and 162.  

Go to video of Karl's first game win - 20 min

  Karl Simonis

 Simonis led the qualifying in the senior division. Simonis used a Brunswick Revolver ball and a 2 Fast Storm ball.

  Other top finishers: Larry Hoffman, Mike Friedricks and Ron Simonis.

  Laughlin won $750, Simonis $700.

 - Arizona Classic Bowlers Association Tournament was at Glenfair Lanes in Glendale, Az.  

  The tournament has many of the top bowlers in Arizona. It is always a great tournament to watch and pick up new tricks on how to bowl better.  Go to ACBA   

Junior Bowlers Tournament Action in Arizona

Riley Dempsey win Junior Bowlers Tour "Best of the West" Scratch Tournament, Sandy Truman Takes Handicap

See Video of Some JBT Players. (4 min.)

  November 28 - Riley Dempsey and Sandy Truman picked up $500 scholarships and JBT major titles as champs of the 2010 Best In The West tournament, hosted by Brunswick Zone Mesa in Mesa, Arizona.

  Riley Dempsey

  Sandy Truman

  A points system that rewards winning matches is the sole scoring method, not pinfall, creating a completely unique and fun event. 

Dempsey was the scratch leader after day one. Kyle King passed Dempsey on day two.  Both bowlers thus advanced to round two of the six-player finals, and watched as the #3-6 seeds played off. 

In that game, Ben Canfield (245) and Zach Martinez (254) came up with huge games to eliminate Cameron Smith (208) and Anthony Tripi (184). 

Kyle and Riley then joined in and defended their seeds, firing 213 and 235 respectively to oust Martinez (200) and first-time finalist Canfield (179) to set up a title match showdown.

        Scores were high on the previous day's house pattern, but much lower on the tricky Scorpion pattern.

 Dempsey's look was deteriorating, but he held on for a 183 to 181 win and his 7th JBT title.

  In the handicap division, Sandy Truman Truman remained red-hot firing 280 with pins, while Hirsch defended his top seed .

      The title handicap match was all Truman, who opened with a six bagger and finished with a 273-226 win over Hirsch (a winner last month in Tucson).

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Junior Bowlers Tour - Brunswick Kyrene lanes - Chandler, Arizona September 25

   Winner of Scratch Division Riley Dempsey (left), second Kyle King (right). Riley beat King 267 to 236 in title match on a house condition.

   King shot 300 in qualifying. Winner of Handicap Division Lindsey Ailport (far right) over Kyle Thompson. Nice Going.

  See Video of Title match with all four bowlers. (28 min.)

 Riley used a Hammer bowling ball throughout the tournament. He was playing slightly inside in the title match and carrying very well with a lot of area on the floor.  Riley's  coach is Dave Leverage, PBA player and manager of Bowling with Leverage Pro Shops.

Kyle King used an Ebonite Mission 2.0 ball and the original Mission. He shot 300 with the Mission 2.0. He played deep inside in the title match. Lindsey, a lefty, played outside with her Storm ball.  Kyle Thompson played down the track, 10 board.

JBT Tournament director was Jeffrey Hemer.

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