The 15th New Mexico open
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STRONG FIELD LINING UP FOR A SHOT AT $12,000
The entry by new Hall-of-Famer, Chris Barnes and Dino Castillo has bolstered the already strong roster of more than 150 bowlers in this month's 15th New Mexico Open, presented by the Brands of Ebonite at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho.
Defending champion, Vern Peterson of Winter Haven, Florida will have his hands full, with such luminaries as Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Arizona, Francois Lavoie of Canada, Matt McNeil of Minneapolis and Malaysian national team member, Zulmazran Zulkifli in the line-up.
Many bowlers are looking to break through for their first big title - and the record $12,000 first prize - on a testing sport lane condition, created by three-time PBA champion, Mike Miller, who revolutionized the sport by winning "thumbless" more than 25 years ago.
Zack Hattori of Henderson, Nevada, Steven Novak of Louisville, Kentucky, DeeRonn Booker of Albuquerque, Kyle King of Glendale, Arizona and Martin Bedford of Cibolo, Texas would like to add this championship to their growing local reputations, whilst past New Mexico Open winners, Chris Klerk and Andrew Cain from Phoenix and Ercic Hatchett out of Las Vegas want to join the only two-time titlist, John Young of Albuquerque.
Include previous top finishers, such as Dennis Brown and Frank Guccione of Colorado, Matt Smith of Albuquerque (who won a Match-Play event here two weeks ago, averaging 244), brothers Darren and Michael Tang from San Francisco and Mitch Hupe' (Syracuse Bowler's Journal champion) and you have the makings of a classic on-lanes struggle.
Only the top 32 will make the cut to bracket play after eight games of qualifying. Lose twice in the two-game total pinfall matches and you're gone, but with a decent check as the tournament pays 1:3.5 entries from an estimated $64,000 pot.
Enter the feature event in "Bowling Month at Rio Rancho," part of the Center's 35th Birthday celebrations.
Bowl with the Stars! of the New Mexico Open!
9-PIN NO-TAP PRO-AM TOURNAMENT
AUGUST 14, 15, 16, 18
PAID OUT $2,842 IN 2017 - 109 ENTRIES
Tues. AUGUST 14 - 4:30pm Wed. AUGUST 15 - 4:30pm
Thu. AUGUST 16 - 9pm Fri. AUGUST 18 - 7pm
Adult - open to all male & female bowlers
Senior - open to all male & female bowlers 50+ by July 31
Youth - open to all boys & girls 20 years or younger by July 31
Entry Fees: Adult - $49 Senior - $34 Youth - $29
This is a singles tournament in which league bowlers are paired with three different high average bowlers from the New Mexico Open roster or local professional bowlers. Everyone bowls three games of 9-Pin No-Tap scoring. Your professional bowlers are credited with a minimum score of 225 per game
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