The Latest News from Tenpins & More

October 31, 2019

Local bowler, Matt Smith came close to setting a new house record during last weekend's "Dick Tanner Invitational" at Tenpins & More.  Smith opened with 278, 216 and 277 for 771 then added 275, 253 and 279 for 807 and a second highest six-game set of 1,578, an average of 263 per game to trail only Bob Dillman's 1,614/6 output in September of 2014.  With the 4-person team event to go in his all-events quest, Smith threw another 279 for 1,857/7, however stubborn 10-pin leaves gave him 226 and 222 to finish with 2,305/9 and a likely NM State record at an average of 256.1.  By the way, the national and world record all-events score is 2,468 thrown by Eugene McCune in 2010.

In other tournament results, the Rio Rancho quartet of Mike and Becky Fisher, Sally Kantz and R C Brown won teams, while Kantz and Mike Fisher also won B division doubles by three pins from an Albuquerque pair.  Kassi and Joe Romero took A doubles, Kimberly Gaps women's B singles and Kevin Seier men's A all-events.  Kantz, Debra Garcia and Melissa Danks won all three women's handicap all-events, with Smith, Aida Stweart and Dana Miller-Mackie capturing scratch all-events titles, creating a strong result for Rio Rancho league bowlers.

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The next three weekends sees action in the almost "sold out" State Senior Championships at Tenpins & More, which attracts bowlers from all parts of  New Mexico.  They'll contest teams of four, doubles, singles and all-events in various age groupings. Then follows the New Mexico Games state finals as well as a High School tournament on November 23, along with the annual Thanksgiving Eve Doubles Marathon on November 27, as Tenpins' "Fall Bowling Fest" continues through the end of December.

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Short-season winter leagues get started as early as November 30 here, creating competitive opportunities for over 150 bowlers. Click here to see the league schedule.  Sign-up online, or flyers are available at the front desk at Tenpins & More at 1416 Deborah Road SE. 

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October 26

Tenpins & More pro-shop manager, Billy Grant put his own bowling balls to work in El Paso last weekend at the International Friendship tournament between teams from the US and Mexico.  Grant top scored in the five-person team event, carding a 243.5 average over ten games - his personal best.  Grant put together 234, 258, 253, 253, 238, 252, 236, 242, 236 and 233 to lead his team "Club Juarez A" to an easy win in the event, with able assistance from Carlos Fourzan, C J Patterson, Eloy Bayona and Beto De La O.  The squad averaged over 217 per game for the win ahead of 39 other teams.  In the singles event, Grant shot 220 to advance but an errorless, spare-filled 190 eliminated him in the next round. However, team-mate Fourzan went on to win that crown two games later.  By the way, Grant drills all the balls for both Fourzan and Patterson, as well as his own, at the Tenpins' Pro-Shop.  He was recently engaged to Kelly McNeil, herself a 185-average bowler.

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Six doubles pairings won trophies and discounted entries to the upcoming "Champion of Champions" tournament at Tenpins & More in December in Perry Hampel's recent "Family Twosome"  tournament.  In the 10 & under, father and son Josh and Logan Trujillo crushed it with 1,406, with young Logan shooting 166, 161 and 175 - well over his entering average of 140, while Kira Vanderlip and Marc Vernon had 1,220 for the other 10 & under win.  Aubrey and Eric Vanderlip captured 13 & under with 1,347 after dad shot 674/3, assisted by Aubrey's finishing 158 and 142 from a 117 average.  Noah Saul and Billy Grant combined for the 16 & under win carding 1,329. Saul, recently moved here from Florida fired 213, 201 and 236 (650), while Grant had 236, 217 and 217 (670). In the girls division, Kadence Haines and Shawn Haines took first by 14 pins from Krystal Campos and Brandon Gervasi.  In 19 & under, Josh Burnett and his uncle, David won by 86 pins, shooting 1,383 to beat J D Messenger and Cory Messenger, with David's 242 providing the "coup de grace".

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This weekend sees the conclusion of the "Dick Tanner Mixed Invitational" at Tenpins & More to be followed the first three weekends of November with the NM State Senior Championships that promise to be "full house squads" for each shift, according to tournament director, Melody Rayhart.  Entry is open to all sanctioned league bowlers, 50 and older, who will contest teams of four, doubles and singles in various age brackets, with handicap added to actual scores.

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OCTOBER 17

Rio Rancho bowler, Bo Bolon has been on a tear of late, particularly after a recent state and house record set in the Monday Senior Trios league outing at Tenpins & More.  Bolon bought the Center to a standstill, all fellow 45 members of the league as well as Rams high school bowlers, after starting with thirty-three strikes in a row.  His opening 300, 300 were his third and fourth perfect games in a seven week span; it looked like he might produce only the 38th 900 series in bowling history, dating back over 120 years.  But a stubbornly wobbling 10-pin on his first ball in the tenth frame stopped the record attempt short, as he finished with 279 for an amazing 879 series.

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Blayne Hurst of Amarillo and Eric Guana of Albuquerque won their respective scratch and handicap division finals at last month's 6th annual Youth New Mexico Open at Tenpins & More.  The record breaking 102 entries on a difficult lane condition created a record scholarship fund of more than $ 5,300, which included record $1,000 prizes to both winners.  In the scratch final, Brock Bivens beat Rio Rancho's Aileen Linares 203-202, then lost to Linares' cousin, Yarelis Alvarez 186-177.  Hurst, who went 6-0 in earlier bracket play, rolled his highest game of the day - 238 - to beat improving Alvarez, a senior on this year's high school bowling squad.  Guana needed three matches to get to the podium number one in handicap action.  He beat Jay Heffer 192-187, Aaron Moore in a squeaker 232-231 then top seed, A.J. Navarrete 222-193 in the championship match.

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There's plenty of tournament play ahead at Tenpins & More for bowlers from across the state and Texas these next five weekends, starting with the "Dick Tanner Mixed Invitational" through October 27 followed by the State Senior Championships the first three weekends of November, which is expected to be  a full-house for each of the twelve squads. Tanner was the owner of popular Leisure Bowl on Lomas for many years. He was responsible for bringing multiple professional bowling events to the area. One of his Pro-Ams attracted over 700 entries. 

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Qualifying closes this Wednesday (October 23) in the 20th annual New Mexico Games - Bowling. Center finals, in fifteen categories run October 24 through November 3.

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Real Bowling Heros

Help us Celebrate "Real (Bowling) Heroes"

Nominate a regular Tenpins & More Bowler that you think is worthy of consideration as one of our REAL (BOWLING) HEROES)  It might be someone who has a disability, a serious medical condition, or someone who has or is overcoming set-backs in their lives and who continue to bowl and love the sport of bowling.  Once chosen, we'll present them with an award and add their name to the plaque at the Center's front counter as well as recognition on the website.

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