champs Brad Harvey & JD Messenger; Kloey Kielich; Will Davis & Dante Urribari; Robin Prioleau
Brad Harvey and JD Messenger captured JBT major titles as champions of the 2019 JBT NM-TX Invitational, hosted by Silva Lanes in Albuquerque.
In the scratch division, Will Davis completely dominated the qualifying round, including a terrific 299 game, but lost the look in the triple elimination finals, going 1-3 to bow out in 12th place. #2 Zach Harvey filled that gap, starting 5-0 before Bowler of the Year Harley Sweigart gave him his first loss. Meanwhile, Brad Harvey, who snuck in as the 16th seed, was racing through the field, starting with a 268 to beat Davis and staying alive with a round seven win over his brother.
Down to four players left, Tylor MacPhee, having his best event of the season, eliminated Zach, while Brad beat Sweigart with a huge tenth frame double to stay alive. That didn't hurt Harley much as he got the next bye, and waited as Harvey eliminated MacPhee to set up a single game final. In that finale, Sweigart struggled towards the end, and a determined Harvey came through with a 234-174 win, good for the first JBT of any kind in his career, and the $1,000 top scholarship prize.
Veteran Gerilynn Delegarito was brilliant in qualifying to grab the top handicap seed, but was up and down in matchplay, bowing out in round six to finish a solid fifth. With four players remaining, Kloey Kielich eliminated Jeremy Perlisnki (who slipped into TPC with the excellent weekend), while Jared Basey stayed alive with a win over Messenger. That gave JD a valuable bye, and he watched as Kielich eliminated Basey in third, setting up a one game title match.
The final game stayed close, but in the end Messenger won the match, avenging a title match loss to Kloey here in November, and capture JBT title #1 and the $1,000 top payday as Invitational champ. Yarelis Alvarez dominated the season long race to earn Girls Bowler of the Year.
Robin Prioleau capped off an excellent season by beating Lauren Jaramillo for the Priority Girls Scratch Invitational championship. Dante Uribarri broke through for the U17 Invite win by beating Davis. Will's big qualifying round was enough to push him over the top into U17 Bowler of the Year however.
Huge thanks to the team at Silva for a great hosting job and being great supporters of our Tour for all these years. The top 20 in points now advance to the TPC, where they'll play the best of the best for the $2,000 top prizes!
|NM-TX Invitational- final results and scholarship winners|
|15||Donius Jeffries II|
|1||Davis +224||Delegarito +103|
|2||Z Harvey +82||Basey +84|
|3||Nguyen +74||K Thompson +63|
|1||Davis 299||Basey 263|
|2||B Harvey 267||K Thompson 261|
|3||Nguyen 259||Goodman 252|
|4||Hurst 256||Messenger 247|
|5||Jeffries 248||2 tied at 245|
|Girls Scratch side event|
|5||K Thompson -49|
|U-17 scratch side event|
|TOTAL AWARDED THIS EVENT: $6,070|