The Latest News from Tenpins & More
September 17, 2018
It took a while but Joe LaRosa of Rio Rancho has won an open scratch tournament again at Tenpins & More, 15 years or so after his previous singles win at the Center. LaRosa, now 55 and a retired New York City policeman, went through a strong field unbeaten, perhaps inspired by upcoming September 11 ceremonies, remembering the colleagues which he lost that fateful day.
LaRosa, who bowls league at both Tenpins & More and Starlight Lanes, got an early break, winning his opener, 176-160 over Angel Ortega. It was no stopping him after that as he beat Andy Graham of Albuquerque 225-206, Dana Miller-Mackie 233-227 and Rick Benard 235-212 to await the outcome of the loser's bracket.
Leading qualifier, Matt Smith, who had shot 1,490/6, looked good, eliminating Lance Emerson 234-207 and Dan Brenning 258-247, before bowing out to Miller-Mackie 243-237.
Robert Miera put out Graham 194-187 before losing to Miller-Mackie 235-205 then Miller-Mackie turned back a strong finish (seven strikes from eight deliveries) by Benard 237-220 to set up the championship match with LaRosa. This went down to the last few frames, with LaRosa prevailing 241-232 and the "Hammer Open" title.
The 16-person field averaged 216 over 60 games, while a modest 1,266/6 made the cut to the bracket finals.
1 Joe LaRosa 222 average/5 games
2 Dana Miller-Mackie 232/7
3 Rick Benard 247/5
4 Robert Miera 202/5
5 Matt Smith 239/5
6 Andy Graham 204/5
7 Dan Brenning 230/4
8 Billy Grant 208/4
9 Bob Dillman 220/3
10 Lance Emerson 203/3
Next up in the series at Tenpins & More is December 28-30.
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Calendar of events: (click here to go our calendar)
Sun Sept 23 - Color Pin Cash at 9.30 am
Sat Sept 29/Sun Sept 30 - 5th Youth New Mexico Open
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In slightly older news...
Kelly McNeil and Trish Matthes emerged the big winners in last Monday's "Pentathabowl" five-game singles tournament at Tenpins & More. McNeil won the 8-pin No-tap game with 344 and parlayed that in to the overall first place with 1,129, while Matthes bowled 52 pins over to win the beat-your-average game, while scoring 1,122 for second and 1,076 for third in the multiple entry event.
Other winners included Alvin Thon with 314 in the 3-6-9 game, Joe Radosevich 314 in the 9-pin No-tap game and Robert Edwards with a booming 278 in the handicap added game, while Steve Ross shot 1,074 for fourth place prize-money.
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The first Scratch Match-Play series event of the new bowling season concludes Sunday with the double elimination brackets starting at 2 pm, amongst the top sixteen qualifiers. On paper, Matt Smith looks to be the favorite, after averaging over 235 in a recently finished summer league at Tenpins & More, one of the Center's highest averages ever.
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