Girls Scratch winner Alyssa Williams, scratch champ Zach Wojciechowski, handicap and U17 winner Deo Benard
Zach Wojciechowski and Deo Benard picked up titles in very different methods, in exciting JBT NM-TX Conference action at Albuquerque's Holiday Bowl.
Wojciechowski rolled to the #1 seed in the scratch division, and then got by Brad Harvey and Kellen Lavery in matchplay to get to the final. He'd face Zach Harvey, who has been oh so close to his first scratch win. It remained elusive for him, though, as Wojo ran the front five to cruise to a 222-192 win, and the 7th title of his JBT career.
Benard rebounded from a bad day yesterday to also claim the #1 seed, then beat Katie McNeil in round one. Needing to strike in the tenth to win the next match, Deo struck out for a 246-229 win over Gerilynn Delegarito to reach the title game. His opponent was newcomer Isaiah Sandoval, who was coming off a win over big brother George III in his semifinal match. Needing to make up 77 pins to win the match, Deo was in control until uncharacteristic opens in the 9th and 10th seemed to seal his fate. However, Sandoval, now needing a spare to win, left a crushing split in his tenth, and the 217-215 result gave the stunned Benard the third title of his JBT career.
Deo didn't need a Houdini act to win the U17 finale, as he beat Will Davis in a good match 213-200 to complete the double play on the day. The Priority Girls Scratch subdivision was won by Alyssa Williams, who also benefitted from an opponent's tenth frame open, winning 165-160 over Montana Cdebaca. Montana was consoled by not only birthday cake, but having earlier won the new '22' game for a quick $100 bonus!
Thanks to the crew at Holiday for another great job hosting our Tour. Want in on the fun? Just check out our schedule and come on down!
|Holiday Bowl- final results and scholarship winners|
|3||George Sandoval III||$75|
|1||Wojo +111||Benard +175|
|2||Hurst +73||I Sandoval +141|
|3||Apolonio +26||G Sandoval +137|
|1||Wojo 257||G Sandoval 284|
|2||Apolonio 251||Benard 270|
|3||Hurst 243||Benard 262|
|4||Wojo 243||A Williams 258|
|5||Lavery 242||G Sandoval 257|
|Girls Scratch side event|
|2||A Williams -83*|
|U-17 scratch side event|
|TOTAL AWARDED THIS EVENT: $1,359|