champs Kenny Benoit & Nicholas Pollak

        Two bowlers captured their first JBT titles in exciting JBT Mojave Conference action at The Orleans.

        The scratch division, like the previous day, had an infusion of nationwide talent, with many bowlers in town for Main Event and Team Trials.  They, along with the JBT regulars, tore up the Orleans house pattern, with a  215+ average needed just to finish in the top half.   Flordia's Matt Ezrol opened up the scratch division of the stepladder finals with a 258-243 win over Californian Tony Rose, who broke through for his first scratch finals.  Ezrol kept striking in round two, defeating Dallas Leong (the 5-game leader at over +250) 247-206, and followed with the high game of the tournament in a 288-191 stomping of newly minted Team USA member Devin Bidwell to reach the title match.

        Top qualifier Kenny Benoit, Topeka KS, had grabbed the lead in the semifinals, but found himself in a tough battle with Ezrol, who looked totally locked in on this pair.  Kenny struck on his first ball in the tenth, forcing Matt to do the same.  Unfortunately for Ezrol, a 4-pin stood, and Benoit claimed the 234-228 win and his first JBT title. 

        Jonny Gutierrez opened up the handicap finals with a 240-211 win over Marina Stever.  Nicholas Pollak then took over, defeating Gutierrez 258-219, and following with a 234-209 victory over Kennison Andrews to reach the title match. 

        Top seed Ian Hanuscin used a big game eight to leap into the lead ahead of a logjammed field that had only 50 pins between first and ninth going into the final game.  He looked to be in control of the title match as well, but needing a mark in the tenth frame to win, left an unfortunate big-four split, giving the excitable Pollak the 209-202 win and his first career JBT title.

        Thanks as always to everyone at The Orleans for a great job hosting our Tour.  Over $1,600 in scholarships were awarded to bowlers of all ages and averages- want in on the fun?  Check out our schedule, pick an event, and come on down!

The Orleans- final results and optional scholarship winners
Mojave Conference  
Scratch Division  
rank name prize
1 Kenny Benoit $245
2 Matt Ezrol $250
3 Devin Bidwell $60
4 Dallas Leong $110
5 Tony Rose $45
6 Matt Herbert $45
7 Dan Hansen $45
8 Geoffrey Young  
9 Brad Hansen $30
10 Scott Englehart  
11 Eric Hatchett  
12 Allie Ijams  
13 Brian Ballard  
14 Rebeca Reguero  
15 Kyle King  
16 Jess Gagliardi  
17 DJ Sloan  
18 Lana Lycan  
19 Matt Tuckfield  
20 Zack Hattori  
21 Christina Waldron  
22 Melissa Huether  
23 Kyle Jones  
24 Brandon Owen  
25 Ryan Howard  
26 Matt Robbins  
27 Zachary Ford  
Handicap Division  
rank name prize
1 Nicholas Pollak $200
2 Ian Hanuscin $115
3 Kennison Andrews $165
4 Jon Gutierrez $65
5 Marina Stever $55
6 Aaron Watkins $60
7 Kyle Andrews $65
8 Brandon Duffy  
9 James Nolan  
10 Nick Willis $45
11 Paul Huether  
12 Donovan Koff  
13 Drew Stern $15
14 Jennah Hahn  
15 Jakle Childers  
16 Shane Courtney  
17 Justin Claspell  
18 Samantha Meyers  
19 Randi Speiler  
20 Tyler Ottenschot $10
21 Jacob Potts  
22 Douglas Csanyi  
23 Trevor Roberts  
24 Taylor King  
25 Casey Nagamine  
26 Megan Carlson  
27 Dakota Nitz  
28 Katelyn Scott  
29 Alkexandra Dammeier $10
30 James Gabour  
31 Justin Patten $5
32 Gabriella Weis  
33 Blake Krajniak  
Scratch High Games:  
  Ezrol 288  
  Bidwell 279  
Bidwell 268  
Leong 268  
3 tied with 267  
Handicap High Games:  
Hanuscin 292  
Gutierrez 282  
Pollak 281  
Pollak 280  
Kyle Andrews 277  
High Females:  
Ijams +104  
Reguero +91  
Stever +56  
Lycan +22  
Waldron -11  
Round Leaders (5 pts. Each)  
Scratch Handicap
1 Bidwell - Leong Ken. Andrews
2 Leong Andrews - Pollak
3 Leong Watkins
4 Leong Watkins
5 Leong Ken. Andrews
6 Benoit Ken. Andrews
7 Benoit Kyle Andrews
8 Benoit Hanuscin