Emphasized Challenge in Sylva

May 8, 2023

We weren’t sure what to expect heading into the weekend at Galaxy Lanes in Sylva, because it has been a few years since we graced their doors. BOY were we in for a challenge!

Bryant Ottinger, out of Cookeville, TN set the bar on Saturday with a 5 game no tap total of 1175 (a 235 average). With 36 entries, we were able to pay 9 spots with the 10th getting a free entry into Sunday’s competition. Our last to cash was Eddie Goins at +59, while Jacob Bullman secured the free entry with a 1035 score.

On Sunday, we weren’t sure what to expect because of how Saturday was so tough. We ended up with 39 entries and the pattern never softened up. The 38′ PWBA BowlTV Classic pattern showed its toughness.

Zack Nelson led qualifying on Sunday with a 1052 score while Ricky Marshall (2nd) was the only other bowler that finished plus after 5 games. Marshall had a 1047 for his 5 game block. We paid the top 10 and let them bowl single game single elimination bracket style for a Champions banner and picture in the Bowlifi’s Winner Circle!

In the first round of match play:
9 – Trent Wolfe def 4 – Jacob Bullman 168-163
5 – Nick Johnston def 10 – Orlando deArmas 168-160
10 – CJ Petrin def 3 – Jeff Wilson 198-192
7 – Zach Hearing def 6 – Mark Dillard 199-190

In the next round, Wolfe def Johnston 213-173 and Petrin def Hearing 212-191

Our top 2 got a 2 round bye in the finals, and in their matches, Zack Nelson defeated Trent Wolfe 215-213 and Ricky Marshall took down CJ Petrin 214-202.

Our championship match put the 1 seed against the 2 seed, as Ricky Marshall ended a 5 year drought and took home his 4th Bracket Challenge with a score of 236-177.

Thanks to all of you who showed up and gave us an opportunity to watch you perform!

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
May 20/21 at Cherokee Lanes in Canton, GA (Tennessee series)
June 3/4 at Triad Lanes in Greensboro, NC (Carolinas series)
June 10/11 at Bowling World in Cookeville, TN (Tennessee series)
June 17th at Warpath in Kingsport, TN for our Senior (50+) and Ladies Only Event :: This field will be maxed at 80 entries!
July 8/9 at Westview Lanes in Wilson, NC (Carolinas series)
July 15/16 at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, TN (Tennessee series) :: We will start both days at 9a and have a max field of 80 entries.

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