MOJAVE INVITATIONAL

champs Joe Gerencser & Zach Greim, U17 winner Skyler McGowan; Priority Girls winner Kaylee Am-Khong

        Champions were crowned in four events and over $6,000 in scholarships were awarded at the 2018 JBT Mojave Invitational tournament, held at Las Vegas' beautiful South Point Bowling Plaza.

        After five qualifying games, 16 bowlers in each main division competed in exciting triple elimination matchplay.  Top scratch division seeds performed extremely well, as the 1,2, and 3 seeds all reached the final four survivors.  In that round #3 Skyler McGowan ousted top seed Andrew Guba, while #2 Joe Gerencser stayed alive by handing #8 Kyle Reed his first loss after he reeled off seven straight wins.

        This left McGowan with a bye so Kyle and Joe played again, this time with Gerencser blasting 289 to give Reed loss #2.  Still with three remaining, Gerencser then eliminated McGowan, setting up one more match between Gerencser and Reed for all the marbles.  Joe's big strike ball was not to be stopped, and he cruised in the final game to with the Invite and its $1,000 top scholarship prize, while Reed was consoled with $500 for second.

        Survivors were a bit more unconventional in the handicap division, as seeds ranging from #2 Zach Greim to #16 Dawson Reese made it to the final four, joined by #9 Tyler Hedges and #6 Avery Domaguin.  In that round, Domaguin, who had already survived some amazing matches (two of which were against Clifford Robbins, eliminating him but still leaving Clifford with enough points to snag Bowler of the Year away from his brother), this time eliminated Hedges.  In the other match, Reese handed Greim his first loss after a 7-0 start.

        That gave Reese a bye while Greim bounced back to eliminate Domaguin.  Now needing to beat Zach twice to win the title, Dawson looked for all the world like he would cruise to a game one win, but after four opens in the first five frames, Greim struck out from there, suddenly forcing Reese to come up with a strike to survive.  He couldn't get the hit, and Zach finished off his amazing day with his first singles win, first major, and $1,000 top scholarship prize.

        McGowan and Guba would face off again in the U17 Invitational finale, and it was the same result again as McGowan poured on the strikes for the win and $200 top prize.  Priority Girl magazine made the Girls Scratch Invitational an even bigger deal that it already was with a generous contribution to both finalists.  Kaylee Am-Khong earned a whopping $500 for the Invite win (as well as Bowler of the Year), while runner-up April McDonnell earned a sizable $300 prize for her excellent showing.

        Huge thanks once again to the crew at South Point for a top notch experience, as well as everyone involved in another exciting season of Mojave Conference action.  The top 20 point scorers now advance to the TPC, featuring $2,000 on top as the best of the best in JBT will square off at Strike Zone!      

Mojave Invitational- final results and scholarship winners
6/10/2018    
     
  Scratch Division  
rank bowler prize
1 Joe Gerencser $1,000
2 Kyle Reed $500
3 Skyler McGowan $480
4 Andrew Guba $250
5 Cortez Schenck $178
6 Kyle Gilbert $129
7 Marquan Rivers  
8 Dominic Olivares  
9 TJ Rock  
10 Kaylee Am-Khong $500
11 Sergio Torres  
12 Solomon Salama $193
13 Josh Mabry  
14 Austin Sugarman $50
15 Cerell Cardines $50
16 Harley Sweigart $50
17 April McDonnell $300
18 Zack Long  
19 Jopfel Gafate  
20 Kevin Banaag  
21 Daryus Alo  
22 Devyn Patalina  
23 Louis Luna  
24 Nolan Am-Khong  
25 David Galvan  
26 Tim Hill  
27 Trevyr Geronimo  
28 Garrett Lee  
29 Caleb Andrews  
30 Sam Espiritu  
31 Kyle Rendon  
     
  Handicap Division  
1 Zach Greim $1,044
2 Dawson Reese $500
3 Avery Domaguin $280
3 Tyler HEdges $200
5 Brett McEachern $150
6 Caleb Rothstein $130
7 Dillon O'Neil $50
8 Clifford Robbins $50
9 Yael Salama $15
10 Ryland Gregorich $15
11 Tanner Ferguson  
12 Emily Cheesman $60
13 Cameron Criss $75
14 Hillari Hampton  
15 Sebastian Huffman $55
16 William Robbins $65
17 Kyle Perry $14
18 Alayna Purdy  
19 Silas Phillips  
20 Connor Steelmon-Hill $15
21 Afton Lords $15
22 Darren Fletcher     
23 Alexiz Bustamante  
24 Faythe Reid  
25 Aislinn Lubag  
26 Leanna Orlando  
27 Yairi Lubag  
28 Noel Gregorich  
29 Justin Worthington  
30 Lindsay Greim  
31 Hannah Davis  
32 Gavin Holter  
33 Katie Kipler  
34 Brandon Criss  
35 Eric Gauna  
36 Zachary Gonzalez  
37 Emi Leong  
38 Joshua Alcaraz  
39 Samantha Conti  
40 Destiny Johnson  
41 Crystalene Pineda  
     
  High Games  
  Scratch Handicap
1 Gerencser 289 Reese 286
2 Gerencser 289 Y Salama 281
3 Mabry 289 Domaguin 272
4 Gerencser 279 Z Greim 272
5 Gilbert 269 Z Greim 269
     
  High Female  
1 Am-Khong +35*  
2 McDonnell -13  
3 Domaguin 065  
4 Orlando -118  
5 Purdy -134  
     
  Qualifying Leaders  
  Scratch Handicap
1 Guba +184 Cheesman +135
2 Gerencser +180 Z Greim +133
3 McGowan +127 Y Salama +123
     
  U-17  
1 Guba +184  
2 McGowan +127*  
3 Salama +117  
4 Rock +74  
5 C Robbins -42  
     
  Round Leaders  
  Scratch Handicap
1 Reed Rothstein
2 Gerencser Salama
3 Gerencser Salama
4 Gerencser Cheesman
5 Guba Cheesman
     
  Total Awarded This Event: $6,413

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$20,000 in scholarships

MINIMUM GUARANTEED!

 

 

NM-TX: May 20, 9:30 AM, at Silva Lanes

Mojave: June 10, 9:30 AM, at South Point Plaza

Pac NW: June 24, 9:30 AM, at Narrows Plaza

Arizona: June 17, 9:30 AM, at Brunswick Mesa

So Cal: July 1, 9:30 AM, at Mira Mesa

 

 

ENTRY FEE: $50 scratch, $40 handicap

 Includes all scholarships except $2 scholarship brackets in both divisions

 

 

Eligibility:

Each event is open to anyone making a top-5 finish in that Conference this season, OR the top 10 in the final regular season event in that Conference, OR the top 32 in season-long points in that Conference

 

Format:

-QUALIFYING: Bowl 5 games across 10 lanes.   The top eleven 5-game totals, plus the top 5 season-long point scorers, advance to the triple-elimination finals!  (If a top-5 player does not show or chooses to bowl in the opposite division, additional bowlers will be taken to complete a 16-player field)

 

-FINALS: Bowlers will play TRIPLE elimination match play (keep bowling until you lose 3 times), until a winner is determined

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GUARANTEED PRIZE FUNDS, each event:

1st-$1,000

2nd- $500

3rd- $250

4th- $150

5th- $100

 

Additional spots earn scholarships on a 1:6 ratio

 

PLUS The top 5 point scorers going into each Invite will have Invite winnings augmented to $50 minimum

 

EACH INVITATIONAL IS WORTH TRIPLE POSITION POINTS.  THE TOP 20 IN EACH CONFERENCEíS POINTS AFTER THE INVITATIONAL ADVANCE TO THE 2018 TOURING PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, JULY 26-29 AT STRIKE ZONE NEAR LAS VEGAS, WITH $2,000 FOR FIRST PLACE!

 

 

ALL OTHER JBT RULES APPLY. SEE YOU THERE, DONíT MISS IT!!!