The Latest News from Tenpins & More

July 27, 2017

Tenpins & More league and tournament bowlers reaped plenty of awards at last week's annual bowling association banquet.   Youth winners included Kallista Fritts, Luis Garcia, Aileen Linares, Carson Opela and Jacob Marquis. Linares' 200 and Opela's 221 league averages were among the best ever recorded in the city.  

Adult title winners were Rick Benard, Lance Emerson, Eric Espinda, Mike Miller, Matt Smith, Joe LaRosa, Shannon Rico, Estela Rico, Brian Rico Sr and Jr and C J Valencia, Samantha Mathews, Bobbie Vega, Kassie Romero, Donna Dowd, Dolores Brito and Karen Barcal.

"Angel" awards went to Wendy Shelton, Dusti Griffin, Troi Donnachaidh, Dana Miller-Mackie and Kallista Fritts (for a rare youth 300 game).

All four adult merit awards were won by Tenpins' leaguers including brother-and-sister, Mike Miller and Dana Miller-Mackie high league averages of 241 and 232 respectively, Miller-Mackie for 801 set and Espinda for a new state record 879 that included 35 strikes from 36 deliveries.

The association league secretary of the year was Cheryle Costales, adult bowlers of the year were Shauna Shannon and Espinda, while Miller-Mackie and Carl Chavez captured senior honors.

Monday night bowler, Dave Templeton was popularly inducted in to the superior performance Hall of Fame.

Compared to other area Center's winners, it is safe to say Rio Rancho almost "scooped the pool".

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In the Senior National Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rio Rancho's Jill Levy came away with $ 1,000 and a large trophy after winning the 60-64 age category singles crown at Texas Station Bowling Center earlier this month.   Levy qualified in round one with scores of 172, 172 and 213 then advanced to the finals with 177, 155 and 150. In the medal round Levy's scores of 195, 108 and 149 were enough to take first place.

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Seven winners were decided Sunday in the Summer 9-pin No-Tap tournament at Tenpins & More.  Rick Benard won a low-scoring Open division from Ed Thorman and Charles Tully, while Mike Jaramillo won Men's A by 96 pins from Volcano Vista High School bowling head coach, Perry Hampel followed by local photographer, Anthony Jaramillo in third.   Dan Rivera squeaked out a nine-pin win over leftie, Kevin Andsager followed by Chad Scarbrough in Men's B, while new league bowler, Cody Weaving won Men's C from Garry Branstetter and Nick Elkins.

Troi Donnachaidh and Dana Sanders won Women's A and B respectively and Michele Cameron overcame a sore elbow to win Women's C over Samantha Garafolo and Claire Jaramillo.

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The 32 person field for this Sunday's bracket round of the $60,000 New Mexico Open won't be known until the last bowled of qualifying is bowled late Saturday night.   But with a field of more than 190 bowlers from 14 states it's certain to be as strong as it can be, given the high quality signed up.

Potential finalists include defending champion, Eric Hatchett, Vernon Peterson, Steven Novak, Marty Bedford, Chad Lusche, Kyle King, J D Nance, Jakob Butturff, Joe Findling, Lance Emerson, Angel Ortega, Rick Benard, Frank Guccione, Brett Wolfe, Chris Klerk, Robert Lawrence, Robert Barteau, William Ragsdale, Dennis Brown, Ricky Schissler, Kris Koeltzow, Matt Jones, Justin Medina, Scott Myers, Bobby Campagnale, Jesse Bauer, Kurtis Lee, Matt Smith, Eric Espinda, Jeff Campbell, Stu Williams, Kamron Doyle, Nathan Bohr, Lonnie Waliczek, Jake Peters, Pete Thomas, Geoffrey Young., Anthony Simonsen and David Haynes.

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Upcoming Calendar:

Aug 19/20: New Mexico Open

Aug 26/27: Handicap Doubles qualifier at various times


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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