Cerell Cardines, Samuel Winemiller, Mackenzie Theophilus
Cerell Cardines continued a dream June, while Samuel Winemiller capped off a dream day, as champions of the 2022 JBT Arizona Conference Invitational tournament, held at Let It Roll in Phoenix.
Cardines began the month by winning the So Cal Invitational, then followed with a win at the Mojave Invite, the two wins in one season already being a feat only accomplished four times before (Zach Greim, Cortez Schenck, Gage Baker, and Jared Starr-Moncayo). Nobody has won three Invitationals in a season- there's just so many pitfalls in the triple-elimination matchplay format to dodge, it's close to unthinkable. However, Cerell was up to the challenge, eliminating Cesar Padilla in matchplay round eight, earning a bye while Chris Mayes finally ousted Matthew Garrett. Cardines was able to beat Mayes in the finale, securing the win, the 21st of his fantastic JBT career, and another $1,000 scholarship windfall.
Kyler Harden started hot in the handicap division to earn the #1 seed for matchplay, but struggled thereafter, eliminated in round four. In round nine, just three bowlers remained, and in that round Winemiller enjoyed a rare second bye, while fellow Cactus bowler Araceli Hunt eliminated Jacob Ellis in third place to set up an all-Tucson finale. Hunt opened the season with the Desert Open win and was looking to close it with an Invite win, but Samuel remained strong, bowling a solid game to beat Araceli for his first career title and the $1,000 top scholarship prize.
Cesar Padilla finished up a dominant U17 season by beating Josh Abigania for that subdivision win, while Mackenzie Theophilus was strong all day, beating Katelyn Abigania in the girls scratch finale for that win, leaping her onto the all-star team in that category.
Mathew Adragna fired the event's only 300 game en route to the scratch division top seed, and Bryce Nakunz won the day's bowling ball from our fantastic title sponsor Ebonite. Huge thanks to the whole team at Let It Roll for a smooth job hosting this prestigious event, which awarded over $5,800 in scholarships to all skill levels and ages. Top season-long scorers now advance to the Touring Players Championship, our most important event of the year, in July in Las Vegas!
|Arizona Invitational- final results and scholarship winners|
|1||Adragna 300||Matherly 324|
|2||Ylvisaker 279||P Lee 281|
|3||Molloy 276||Bravo 279|
|4||McGowan 269||Ruiz-Jimenez 277|
|5||H Mayes 267||Harden 268|
|2||K Abigania -23|
|6||L Greim -106|
|1||Adragna +172||Harden +205|
|2||H Mayes +126||P Lee +144|
|3||J Molloy +84||Matherly +106|
|1||J Abigania +79|
|3||K Abigania -23|
|5||C Bell -46|
|Total Awarded This Event: $5,870|
JBT INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENTS
$25,000 in scholarships
Mountain: May 22, 9:30 AM, at Silva Lanes
So Cal: June 5, 9:30 AM, at Winnetka Bowl
Mojave: June 12, 9:30 AM, at Suncoast
Arizona: June 18, 10 AM, at Let It Roll (T of C/ non-C Sunday 6/19)
Pac NW: June 26, 9:30 AM, at Paradise Lanes
ENTRY FEE: $60 scratch, $50 handicap
Includes all scholarships except $2 scholarship brackets in both divisions
Each event is open to anyone making a top-4 finish in that Conference this season,
OR the top 32 in season-long points in that Conference
-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
***FORMATS, DATES, AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING SUBJECT TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, WHICH MAY BE VERY DIFFERENT FROM TODAY. STAY POSTED AT OUR WEBSITE & FACEBOOK!
GUARANTEED PRIZE FUNDS, each event:
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
ALL OTHER JBT RULES APPLY. SEE YOU THERE, DONíT MISS IT!!!