It's the 16th New Mexico Open here at Tenpins & More
The really BIG BOWLING ACTION is coming! Join the tournament at TENPINS & MORE. We’ll have Sweepers, Pro-Am, Brackets, Consolation and the Main Event with the Top 48 after qualifying straight in to bracket play. You won’t want to miss out on a minute of the excitement! First Prize $12,500. Pays to 48th. Over $60,000 PLUS in Prize Money
NEW CAR FOR 300 IN CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND AT NEW MEXICO OPEN: 16th Annual Tourney offers $63,500 plus World Bowling Tour points
The 16th New Mexico Open, to be held August 16-18 at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho is again an official tier 3 event on the World Bowling Tour, offering two times points for participants. Stu Williams, now of Austin, made the top three for last year's WBT finals somewhat on the strength of the points he gained at Rio Rancho.
The biggest news might be the rare chance for one of the four bowlers in the championship round to win a new car for a 300 game. The highest score in the past 15 years belongs to Michigan's Craig Nidiffer, whose 285 beat Mike Edwards' 242 a few years ago.
First prize has been increased to a guaranteed $12,500, excellent return for a modest $270 entry fee. With many PBA bowlers chasing a new summer series points program on the east coast the same weekend, the field is wide open for a "newcomer" to make a name for themselves, such as did Jakob Butturff, who kicked off his since outstanding professional career with a win here in the 2015 tournament. Total prize-money is projected at $ 63,500, which, if achieved, would bring the pay-out, since 2004 to over $ 655,000.
Craig Elliot's www.BowlStreamTV.com will again broadcast every game covering six lanes for more than 33 hours over three days of qualifying, bracket play and the championship round. Last year, when Chris Barnes threw a bonus ball strike to beat Brandon Grant by one pin, the internet coverage drew a record 33,000 viewers from 112 different countries.
Former PBA national and regional tour champion, Mike Miller, will again create a testing lane condition, continuing the tradition of making shots - and spares - a premium.
History has revealed both right-handers and southpaws have won from outside of first arrow to sixth arrow and everything in between on the predictable Qubica/AMF synthetic lanes and approaches.
At the time of writing, the 2016 US Open winner, Francois Lavoie, runner-up to Butturff four years ago, is one of the most accomplished entrants in the expected field of more than 175 mainly "weekend warriors." Lavoie knows what it's like to bowl 300 in the final round having done so in the semi-final then. If he repeats here, he'll be driving back to Wichita in a new car from the local Pitre Kia/Buick/GMC dealership.
The accompanying Pro-Am has squads Tuesday, August 13 and Wednesday, August 14 at 4.30 pm, Thursday, August 15 at 9 pm and Friday, August 16 at 7 pm. It will offer new 900 Global balls valued at over $ 170, for an extra $110 on top of the event's entry fee.
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