The Latest News from Tenpins & More

July 12, 2017


Dana Miller-Mackie won Sunday's Scratch Match-Play title at Tenpins & More averaging 244.4 in the process.   After barely qualifying in 14th place with 1,282/6, the two-time US Open champion beat Mike Riley 239-202, top seed, Dan Brenning 290-224 then survived a tight 203-189 win in round three over Jeremy Medina. 

In the winner's bracket she shot 248-201 over her Monday Doubles league partner, Brian Bledsoe, then awaited the outcome of loser's bracket matches to determine the last opponent.  As it turned out, Bledsoe produced an exciting 268-257 win over improving Edward Thorman but had four open frames against Miller-Mackie to lose 242-162 in the championship round.  Thorman placed third, his highest finish ever, followed by Pete Sheridan, Brenning, Medina, Adrienne Hare and Jeff Jones, who earlier bowled a 300 closing game to make the cut.

Incidentally, the cut number was 1,237/6 necessitating a tie-breaker between Marcus Medina and Haskell Lee, which Medina won 206-174.

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Next month's 14th New Mexico Open tournament has 61 entries, running almost level at this date to last year's 219 final tally.   Numerous top level stars are signed including defending champion, Eric Hatchett of Henderson, Nevada, Jakob Butturff of Phoenix, Arizona (who essentially launched his fledgling pro bowler career here), Vernon Peterson of Winterhaven, Florida, Steve Novak of Louisville, Kentucky, brothers, Anthony and Sean Lavery-Spahr of Houston and Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas who finished fourth last year.

Locally, New Mexico's main hopes for a breakthrough could come from Jeff Jones (three 300's in six weeks), Carl Chavez, Marty Bedford (a top eight finish in 2016), J D Nance, Eddie Joe Torrez of Silver City, Lance Emerson, Angel Ortega and Rick Benard.

 There's an opportunity on July 23 to win paid entry in to the main field, starting at 9.30 am.

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Eagle Ranch Church is looking for a new place to worship and are utilizing the Bar at Tenpins & More on Sundays from 9 am until 10 am.  The congregation first met Sunday under the leadership of pastor Nico Ashe, under the auspices of the Faith Lutheran Church of Albuquerque.  

"We never saw it coming that we would be worshiping at a bowling center, but Sunday went beautifully. God is full of lovely surprises," said Ashe.

Center manager, Steve Mackie said, "It's a great way to use that space, which is closed until 11 am anyway." The Center has run Christian music glow sessions Tuesdays at 9 pm for over fifteen years.

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In slightly older news . . .

July 6

There are three new winners following Tuesday's final of the 8th annual Summer Masters bowling tournament at Tenpins & More.   Santa Fe's Brandon Jaramillo and Rio Ranchoans, Dana Sanders and Robin Prioleau won their respective men's, women's and youth division finals. 

Jaramillo was a model of consistency with 236, 209, 215, 222, 234 and 252 for a 40-pin win over Ed Thorman, with one pin separating him from third-placed Tyler Weisz.   All three had a good day, with Thorman also showing the value of bowling mostly on tougher lane conditions as he put together 239, 279, 245, 223, 204 and 234. Weisz added four 200's - 211, 221, 216 and 233, well above his entering average in the handicap event.

Sanders beat her entering 156 average in five of six games, including a high of 201 to beat Troi Donnachaidh by 41 pins with Jolene Sokohl third.

Storm high school bowler, Prioleau overcame a slow 172 start with 215, 246, 255, 232 and 191 to win by 22 pins from the Ram's Cole Poswiatowski and 8-year-old Reid Meuth third 16 pins away in third.   Poswiatowski fired his first 300 game to take the early lead while Mike Burks was also perfect in the men's final.

In the accompanying Summer Games, the various divisional winners included Dana, Christopher and Marcus Sanders, Paul Tchiloyans, Sean Abeyta, Louie Cordova, Nita Stull, Gloria Gonzakowski, Alvin Thon, Troi Donnachaidh and Perry and Arthana Hampel.

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ASK academy's Carson Opela has been named to the prestige Dexter/USBC High School All-American team, adding a $ 1,000 scholarship to the $ 6,000 scholarship he received earlier this year after being named the "Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow".   Opela, who is currently averaging over 215 joins bowlers from New Jersey, South Carolina, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida and Indiana in the squad.

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UPCOMING: Click here to visit our calendar page

Sun July 9: Scratch Series at 9 am

Sat July 15/Sun July 16: Handicap Doubles starts at 9.30 am both days

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The 14th New Mexico Open, to be held at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho from August 17-20, will continue to hold it's place as one of the country's biggest and richest independent bowling tournaments, outside of the pro tours, with cash prizes expected to exceed last year's record $ 60,310 prize-fund.

Additionally, there's another expected $ 12,000 pay-off in numerous side events and brackets during the week-long contest that gets underway with a sweeper on a version of the testing tournament lane condition on Monday August 14. 

With the 4th Youth New Mexico Open being added to the schedule, it looks likely the combined tournaments will attract more than 250 bowlers, with most youth attempting to qualify in the youth-only squads on August 17.

Tournament director, Steve Mackie said both tournaments would be covered live on so fans around the world can tune in.   "Our sponsors, both local and national brands with whom we do business are on board again that enables us to add thousands of dollars to the prize-funds," said Mackie.   "Our adult entry fee remains at $240 for the fourth year, which is much less than other scratch tournaments both here in the US and overseas." Youth will pay $80 on August 17 and 18.

The regular field will include the past three champions: Eric Hatchett of Henderson, NV, Jakob Butturff of Arizona and Criag Nidiffer of Michigan as well as some past champions including Nathan Bohr, Lonnie Waliczek, Devin Bidwell, David Haynes, John Young, Andrew Cain and Chris Klerk, while Heather Penatzer will be trying for a rare three-peat in the youth division.   Penatzer, incidentally, received a trip to Australia for her win last July and captured the Sydney Youth Challenge this past May.

Since the main event started in 2004, more than 400 different bowlers have shared in a total pay-out of more than $ 477,500, with over 30 bowlers winning at least $ 5,000 or more. Butturff holds the single highest pay-off of $ 11,430 for his win in 2015.that essentially launched his pro bowling career.

In last year's championship round, Jesse Bauer of Kansas eliminated Joe Findling of Texas 372-360 (two games), but lost then to Darren Tang of San Francisco 403-400 in a nail-biter turkey finish.

Tang beat top seed Hatchett 380-308 but lost the replay 393-379. Hatchett received $ 10,500 becoming the 12th different winner in the tournament's 13 years. (John Young of Albuquerque is the event's only two time champion, winning in both 2004 and 2005; he bowls league every Monday at Tenpins & More).

The New Mexico Open will retain an 8-game qualifying round, with the top 32 moving on to double elimination two-game set brackets prior to the top four championship round on Sunday afternoon, August 20.

One of the big draws, other than the prize-money that's paid 1:3 are the difficult lane conditions on which timing, ball selection and spare-shooting are paramount. "The tournament has a history of being a tough scoring pace and will continue that philosophy", said Mackie.

 Revised entry forms are available on-line and downloadable by clicking here.

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