The Latest News from Tenpins & More

July 12, 2019

Robert Edwards, Dusti Griffin and Victor Simmons emerged victorious from the 32-bowler field to win their respective divisions in last week's Summer Masters tournament at Tenpins & More.  Edwards, who has steadily improved his bowling average by competing on testing sport lane conditions, put it all together in the men's final for a personal best six-game set of 1,454 at an average of more than 242 per game.  Edwards shot 215, 259, 266, 222, 257 and 235, adding 120 pins handicap for 1,574 and a win from fast finishing Mike Riley of Los Lunas by 87 pins, with Kyle Pearce of Albuquerque third 59 pins behind.

Riley's closing 277, 277, 244 (798) was one of his best ever, while Pearce's opening 245, 247, 233 (725) had him only 21 pins behind Edwards before the winner stepped on the scoring "gas" in the final set.

Griffin, on the other hand won the women's division with only three pins separating first and third, beating early leader, Christie Peterson by two pins, with Kathy Leitch next a pin away.  Griffin was consistent throughout firing 212, 246, 234, 236, 194 and 212, as Peterson "ran out of steam" with an unfortunate low score to lose the title. Leitch closed with 212, 202 and 221 to all but snatch victory in one of the best blanket finishes in Masters history.

Simmons won the youth division with 1,436 that included a high game of 180, 61 pins above his average. He beat improving Josh Burnett by 100 pins, with Krystal Campos third 12 pins behind.

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Entry numbers for next month's $63,500 New Mexico Open went to 85 after the 4th July holiday, heading towards 100 plus by this weekend.  Contender for PBA Player-of-the-Year honors, Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, was the main star to sign up last week.  Butturff started his since outstanding pro bowler career with a break-out win in the Rio Rancho tournament four years ago. He's won three titles this year including in Lubbock, Texas two weeks ago.

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More big scores, including two more 300's, were highlights in last Monday's round of the Scratch Doubles League. Dana Miller-Mackie and David Templeton authored the perfect games.  Templeton went on to a 1,037 set over four games, followed by Corrales' Joe Merrick 1,030, Miller-Mackie 1,023 and Paul Carper 1,022, while another ten bowlers scored above 916 on the night.

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Fri - Sun July 12-14: Pins-Over-Average at various times

Fri - Sun July 19-21: Scratch Match-play Series at various times

Sat July 27: Hawaiian Family Fun Day Luau at 1 pm

Sun July 28: New Mexico Open win-a-spot at 9.30 am

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July 5

Dana Miller-Mackie threw a personal best twenty-three strikes in a row in Monday's Scratch Doubles League session at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho.  Miller-Mackie finished game one with a strike for 206, followed up with twelve strikes for a perfect game of 300, changed lanes for the second match and started with the first ten before leaving a 7-pin for 289 and a 795 set.  She finished the night with 232 and 1,027, one of more than a dozen series over 950 for the sixth week of the summer event.

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A record 197 sets were completed in the 10th Summer Games at Tenpins & More last Sunday.  The team event produced a tie for first with "Canine Magic" and "Bangagong" quartets on 2,787. George Hutton, Vickie Greenwood, Melissa Drummond and anchor, Larry Colon (631) were the early leaders then Marlene Analla, Lorraine and Larry Silva and "hot" anchor, Santiago Chavez (718) equaled the score.

Thirty-seven doubles teams were led by Deric Salazar and Marc Gurule with 1,588, followed by brothers, Conner and Spencer Merrill with 1,487, then James DeGroat/Andy Woolf 1,478, Joe Radosevich/Troi Donnachaidh 1,474 and Dave Wiley/Jim Coffman fifth with 1,466.

Men's singles had 60 entries, led by big hooking Mike Lee with 800 that included a 252 finish. James Vaughan was next on 779, followed by leftie Kevin Seier 775, Steve Quintana 761 and Paul Carper 760. Carper's scratch series included two expensive missed single pin spares, otherwise, he would have finished runner-up.

Maria Armstrong, motivated by watching a recent women's pro tour event in Tucson, threw ten strikes in her highest ever game of 274 to win women's singles from Diane Wemple by 39 pins, with Sandra Chavez third 15 pins behind.

Youth doubles went to Taylor Ross and Austin Pierce while Ashley Abbott won youth singles.

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Rio Rancho bowlers fared well in last month's Men's and Women's Invitationals held at Starlight Lanes. Two local teams finished one and three in their event, while Demost Quintana/Mike Riley and Zach Harvey/Jeff Walter were in top five placings in men's doubles.

Gregory Wagner, Jason Schindwolf and Esequiel Lopez were top five in men's singles, with Christopher Sanders, Billy Grant, Joe Romero also gained high spots in final standings.

Two women's teams finished second in respective divisions, while Bobbie Vega and Gloria Blair won open doubles, ahead of Dana and Jacqueline Sanders second, 19 pins away.

Patricia Tuitele and Eleanor Parrent were one and four in graded singles, with Karen Barcal and Melissa Danks claiming second and third in open all-events behind Blair.

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June 20

Bowlers, Billy Grant and Jason Schindwolf are "on a roll" in doubles tournaments of late. The Tenpins & More Pro-Shop pair bowled a big number in the recent Men's Invitational at Starlight Lanes and have backed it up with a win in last Sunday's Father's Day Classic on their home lanes in Rio Rancho.  Schindwolf, a former Cibola High School star bowler, threw 227, 215, 249 for 691, whilst Grant carded 240, 247, 267 for 754 and a booming 1,445 to win by 134 pins over Charles Denny and Donny Spaulding.

They've now advanced to a $ 3,000 "shoot-out" final, being held for the first time at Tenpins & More over the Labor Day weekend. A further chance to move on will be held at Tenpins & More on July 6 and 7, with squads in both doubles and a special singles event scheduled at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm both days.

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The next two weekends - June 21-23 and June 28-30 - feature the 10th annual "Summer Games" with teams of four, doubles and singles being held at various times.

Last year's record entry of 179 looks to be beaten with over 200 three-game sets being bowled.

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Former top-line midwest regional bowler, Matt Smith, now living here, dominated qualifying rounds in last Sunday's roll-off at Tenpins & More to win paid entry to the New Mexico Open being held there in August.

Smith, tall and lanky, utilizes an unusually short approach which allows him to generate a lot of revolutions to the bowling ball, resulting in a plethora of strikes.  He never opened a frame during the six games, with scores of 269, 245, 278, 267, 256 and 225 for 1,540, at an average of 256.6 per game, one of the highest ever rolled at Tenpins & More.

In the championship round, Dan Brenning eliminated second seeded Christopher Trujillo 265-211 then with seven strikes in his first eight frames looked to have Smith "on the ropes".  Smith however rallied after an early open frame split to finish with seven strikes in a row, as Brenning left two solid 10-pins in the tenth frame to lose by six pins, 230-236.

Smith, a finalist in the big event last year, is looking to become the first local area bowler to win the $ 12,500 title since Albuquerque's John Young won back-to-back in 2004 and 2005.

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Tenpins & More staff tournament last Friday resulted in a win for house pro, Billy Grant, his pro-shop assistant, Jason Schindwolf and Rams head bowling coach, Dana Miller-Mackie, whose 2,296 total beat out runners-up, Kallista Fritts, Nathan Nguyen and Steve Mackie by ten pins.  Angelique Fritts, Rich Keefe and Jeff Jones were third with 2,195.

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The Father's Day Doubles and Singles tournament, with squads at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm is a qualifying event for a $ 3,000 grand final being held over the Labor Day weekend, for the first time at Tenpins & More.

Doubles combinations can be all men, all women or a mix. Competition is in both scratch and handicap divisions.

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May 30

Paul Carper survived tenth frame "jitters" to win Monday's Memorial Day Scratch Series tournament at Tenpins & More.  He beat Dana Miller-Mackie by a pin, 225-224, despite opening his last frame with a 4-7-10 split following a string of five strikes in a row that had seemingly looked enough to beat the top seed.  Miller-Mackie had struck the ninth frame and needed the first two strikes in the tenth to snatch victory but after the first one left a shaking 7-pin to lose by the closest possible margin.  Carper later described it as one of the best matches he'd ever bowled.

The event had plenty of other close match-ups, including DeeRonn Booker 237 over Amarillo's Rick Sevier 224, J J Martinez 208 from Mitchell Whitehead 203, Miller-Mackie 251 beating top qualifier, Matt Smith 236 and Smith going off the score sheet with a string of strikes to run down Sam Pinge 241-236.  Smith had earlier shot 1,508/6 including a stellar 227, 289, 299 finish to close one pin ahead of Booker's 1,507/6 in qualifying that attracted 47 entries.

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Tenpins & More is running a "Summer Bowling Carnival" of tournaments, special events and fundraisers that started June 1 and will run every weekend through the end of September.   

Following yesterday's record-setting 11th annual ARCA Bowlathon there are two doubles tournaments on June 8 and Father's Day June 16, another New Mexico Open win-a-spot on June 9 and Sandoval County's Summer "Picnic", indoors at the Bowling Center, on June 14.

Then the 10th annual Summer Games will hold sway June 21-23 and June 28-30, which last year had a record 179 entries.

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The recent $160,000 Queens tournament held in Wichita, Kansas showed the growth of the depth of women's bowling world-wide when the five TV finalists were all overseas bowlers for the first time in the tournament's storied history.  Sixteen countries were represented in the starting field of 192 with first Indonesia's Tannya Roumimper eliminating Singapore's Daphne Tan 231-195 then losing a squeaker 242-232 to Colombia's Clara Guerrero.  Guerrero's 224 was no match for Malaysia's Sin Li Jane's 267, who then lost the championship game 216-226 over the 24-year-old from Ukraine, Dasha Kovalova.

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May 24

The 11th annual ARCA Bowlathon will be held - historically - at Tenpins & More this Saturday, June 1 at Tenpins & More.  Yes, history WILL be created even before the event, with over $ 75,000 already pledged by both corporate sponsors, ARCA Foundation members and the more than 300 bowlers signed to the event's three separate squads starting at 10.30 am.  The Bowlathon kicks off with the New Mexico's Mayor's First Strike Challenge which has attracted more than a dozen mayors from across the state and who are joined by ARCA residents and clients and their family members bowling until 3.30 pm.

An expansive silent auction assists the fund-raising effort along with a raffle that consists of fifteen prizes, including expense paid trips to Mexico and France.  Add in color pin strike prizes for everyone and free lunch from 11 am until 2 pm and it's little wonder the Bowlathon has raised over $ 975,000 in it's first ten years. It will surpass the million dollar mark this weekend.

There's still some space in the 2 pm session. If you can bowl and obtain some pledges, please call Tenpins & More at 892-7117 after 12 noon any day to sign up over the phone.

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Two bowlers, "shoe-ins" for the next High 5 women's team, representing Tenpins & More, set what could end up a top five doubles team score in an event there last weekend.  Dusti Griffin shot 221, 279, 268 for 768, while Melissa Danks carded 221, 276, 245 for 742 and a stellar 1,510 team set at an average of 251.6.  Their middle team game tallied 555. Tournament director, Dave Castenada has applied with the United States Bowling Congress to post their high scores as a potential national record. 

The pair followed up in week one of the summer "Scratch Doubles" league, posting a closing 501 game, with Griffin 255 and Danks 246, blitzing their male opponents.

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The spring 9-pin No-Tap tournament produced seven divisional winners, including first-timer, James DeGroat, who won men's C by 71 pins from National Guardsman, Dustin Chavez and new league bowler, Airies Griego.  Mike Riley was almost perfect winning Open with 1,699/6 ahead of John Hayes Jr and John Lund, while Brian McCoy had a booming 1,608/6 for the men's A win from Steve Quintana and Gilbert Martinez. 

Mike Lee beat Chad Scarbrough and Joe Radosevich in men's B while Kym Bradley-Hanon won women's A over Bobbie Vega and Kelly McNeil.

Christie Peterson won by 30 pins from Linda Herrera and Tiana Martinez in women's B with Michele Cameron beating Donna Fevig and Mel Huston in women's C action.

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May 13

Paul Carper made good use of his trip to Rio Rancho from Colorado Springs last Sunday by winning paid entry in to the 16th New Mexico Open in a qualifier at Tenpins & More.  Carper, who grew up in Rio Rancho and was an early stand-out for the Rams bowling squad, advanced to the top three play-off closing with a 279 game for 1,374/6, trailing Storm bowling head coach, Dennis Helmick 1,388 and leader, Mike Riley of Los Lunas 1,393.  Carper has spent this year building up core strength for muscles in upper body, legs and arms to help lift his league average to over 225.

In the first match against Helmick, Carper struck out in the tenth for 193, forcing Helmick to do likewise. However, a stubborn 10-pin remained standing for a losing 191.  Faced with the task of trying to beat Riley twice, Carper got off to an eight-strikes-in-a-row start to win a high scoring opener 267-247, with three 7-pin leaves costing Riley an early finish.

In the replay, Riley again left three 7-pins, two of them almost certain strikes and one of which he missed inside, to lose 217-228, with Carper's double in the 8th and 9th frames sealing the win.

Carper is planning to relocate back to Rio Rancho soon and will become a league and tournament "fixture" at Tenpins & More where he had his bowling career start as a tyke over twenty years ago.

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This Sunday was Mother's Day and moms and grandmothers bowled free, alongside paying customers from 9 am until close at 10.30 pm at Tenpins & More.

"It's our tenth year for honoring the moms in our community with some free fun," said Center manager, Steve Mackie. "I remember how much my mom sacrificed for me to bowl my teenage years", said Mackie, who celebrated his 70th birthday next Saturday (May 18) earlier this week with a perfect game of 300 in last Monday's round of the "Senior Trios" league.

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May 18: Women's Doubles at 10 am

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May 2

The popular Pentathabowl tournament, with five different scoring formats, was a windfall for Marcus Sanders at Tenpins & More last weekend.  Sanders of Rio Rancho bowls league twice a week, all of the tournaments, fund-raisers and special events and has increased his average from 175 to 185 in the recent winter league season.  He bowled well each game, with 265 in the 8-pin no-tap, 228 in 3-6-9 and 253 in 9-pin no-tap, but excelled in the last two games with"real" scores of 235 and 223 that pushed him to first place ahead of Troi Donnachaidh 1,163 to 1,155 with Steve Gill a close third, four pins behind with 1,151.

Other prize-winners were Robert Edwards 1,114, Joe Radosevich 1,114, Dan Brenning 1,107, Austin Pierce 1,101 and Alvin Thon 1,099, followed by Kenneth Friedrich and Tiana Martinez.

Individual game winners were Donnachaidh, Tracy Fredrickson, Pierce, Gilbert Martinez and Mark Menard.

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Summer leagues starting up this coming week (May 7-10) at Tenpins & More include Senior Swingers (Tuesday), Witness Protection Program (Tuesday), Jim Chapman Trios and Amfabsteel (Wednesday), Summer Trios, Some Jazzy Name and Coffee Wars (Thursday) and TGIF Doubles (Friday).

"We 're over 500 sign-ups already and many leagues don't start until early June", said Center manager, Steve Mackie. "I expect we might get to 530 or more, which will be our best summer in more than five years," said Mackie.

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