$5k Summer Clash

Jul 31, 2023

On 4 days notice, we put together a no tap tournament to open our Summer Clash weekend.

We had 51 entries show up to test their skills on our Bracket Challenge Platinum pattern. Evidently it wasn’t much of a challenge as we had 4 300s shot…3 of them in game 1.

Michael Rachal took the victory with a 4 game total of 1070, including one of the 300 games. We paid 13 spots due to the number of entries.
1. Michael Rachal – 1070
2. Josh Lewis – 1009
3. Chris Postell – 1001
4. Steven Adler – 990
5. Chris Miller – 983
6. Ryan Lane – 953
7. Luke Willis – 946
8. Zack McSwain – 937
9. Dave Bowers – 932
10. Kevin Shafer – 924
11. Dalen Dockery – 908
12. Darren Chaffin – 908
13. Keith White – 888

On Saturday, our first annual $5k Summer Clash event! 12 pre-entries turned into 56 paid entries that represented 9 different states, 313 brackets, and a prize fund over $11,000 total.

It’s been a few seasons since we ran a dual pattern event, so we thought what better place to bring that back than this event. Bowlers tested their skills, and emotional control as they tried not to melt on the Bracket Challenge Gold and Uranium patterns.

Our tournament leader, after 6 games of qualifying was Aaron Ruiz with a 1278, while the cut (14th) was Michael Rachal at 1180. After 6 games, we took about a 90 minute break and came back for 7 rounds of round robin match play. Our leader, Ruiz, went 3-4 and dropped to 13th and missed the top 12 cut.

Our top 12, after 13 games of qualifying was, Ben Sobel (Record: 5-1-1; Score: 2777), Ryan Lane (3-3-1; 2773), Jeremy Adams (5-2-0; 2722), Zack McSwain (5-2-0; 2714), Mark Dillard (5-2-0; 2710), Matt Mikels (3-4-0; 2634), Luke Willis (3-4-0; 2629), Michael Rachal (4-3-0; 2622), Josh Lewis (2-5-0; 2619); Wes Cardwell (3-4-0; 2599), Kory Driver (3-4-0; 2568); and Devean Littlejohn (2-5-0; 2534).

Our top 12 then went to a single game single elimination bracket style finals.
Sobel, Lane, Adams, and McSwain got a first round bye, while Lewis def Rachal (181-122), Littlejohn def Dillard (213-191), Cardwell def Willis (235-160), and Mikels def Drvier (210-184).
Once the top 4 came back into play, Lewis def Sobel (169-151), McSwain def Littlejohn (189-160), Lane def Cardwell (202-188), and Adams def Mikels (198-189).
Our final four took the lanes with Lewis and Adams reigning supreme. Lewis defeated McSwain 221-199 and Adams defeated Lane 198-157.
As a major storm came rumbling in, we got the championship match in and Jeremy Adams walked out with the big prize, including a free pair of Maui Jim sunglasses, a trophy from Tallent’d Marketing, a Bowlifi jersey, and lots of cash. It was his 3rd Bracket Challenge title and 1st major event win.

We always know there is a lot to bowl and more opportunities to test your skills, but we can’t say THANK YOU enough to those of you who choose to support us week in and week out! Traveling from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and Indiana…does not go unnoticed.

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