Starlite Scratch Matchplay Challenge

champion Jerod Florez

Jerod Florez, Bosque Farms NM, topped a very strong field of 55 scratch bowlers to win the Starlite Lanes Scratch Challenge, a special event conducted by the JBT SW in beautiful Flagstaff.

The entire field rolled six games of matchplay on a demanding lane condition, after which the field was cut to 16 for single elimination, best 2-of-3 matchplay.  Top seed Shane Peck led a parade of upsets in the round of 16, as 6 of the 8 higher seeded bowlers lost their matches, often in heartbreaking fashion.

The tension was even greater in the round of 8.  In those matches, #8 seed Florez swept fellow New Mexican Bill Grant 2-0; #11 Jeff Spiesman blasted a 248 and 243 to dismiss #13 Theo Douthit; #12 seed BJ Baker ousted #3 Steven Black 2-0, and #10 Brian Weyrauch outlasted #15 Elias Ewert 2-1.

In the semifinal matches, Florez defeated an exhausted Spiesman 188-147 and 203-133.  In the other semi, Baker snuck by Weyrauch in three tight games to advance to play Jerod for the title.

The title match was a runaway for Florez, who began with the front four and never looked back, defeating BJ 223-171 for his 4th career JBT SW title, and a big $400 scholarship payday.

Everyone who finished in the top 5 qualifies for the 2006 JBT SW Arizona Invitational Tournament, the regular season's year end event, featuring a guaranteed minimum $1,000 first place scholarship in each division.  Top season-long point scorers also qualify for the 2006 JBT SW Touring Players' Championship, featuring a guaranteed minimum $2,000 first place scholarship per division! 

Thanks to Roger and Ilene Hailey and everyone at Starlite for a great job hosting one of our best events of the season.  The center has remodeled with new lanes and looks great, so check it out!  Over $2,300 in scholarships were awarded to the field.   Please continue to help spread the word about the terrific benefits of bowling JBT SW events!

Starlite Lanes- final results and optional scholarship winners
Arizona Conference    
Scratch Division    
rank name city, state prize
1 Jerod Florez Bosque Farms, NM $400
2 BJ Baker Tempe, AZ $310
3 Brian Weyrauch Tempe, AZ $215
4 Jeff Spiesman Ventura, CA $200
5 Steven Black Phoenix, AZ $185
6 Theo Douthit San Diego, CA $115
7 Elias Ewert Chandler, AZ $145
8 Bill Grant Rio Rancho, NM $100
9 Shane Peck Riverside, CA $140
10 Kevin Valmonte La Verne, CA $50
11 Bear Wiltfang Lake Havasu City, AZ $65
12 Miguel Lopez Peoria, AZ $50
13 Kris George Glendale, AZ $25
14 Greg Garbera Glendale, AZ $130
15 David Johnston Glendale, AZ $25
16 Allie Ijams Mission Viejo, CA $50
17 Danielle Schilling Palmdale, CA  
18 Tom Anderson Chandler, AZ  
19 Joseph Anderson Avondale, AZ  
20 Kevin Narciso Phoenix, AZ  
21 Taylor Brennan Prescott, AZ  
22 Tiffany King Surprise, AZ  
23 Kevin Saunders Goodyear, AZ  
24 Zach Simon Scottsdale, AZ  
25 Jordan Bell Phoenix, AZ  
26 DeShaun Jefferson Phoenix, AZ  
27 Chris Weyrauch Chandler, AZ  
28 Savahna Porter Yuma, AZ  
29 Tiffany Chi Prescott, AZ  
30 Jeremy Medina Santa Fe, NM  
31 Chelsea Zemelka Phoenix, AZ $60
32 Kevin Schoenfeld Phoenix, AZ  
33 Cameron Smith Santee, CA  
34 Rachelle Davis Tucson, AZ  
35 Kyle King Phoenix, AZ  
36 Dan Bodinet Phoenix, AZ  
37 Steven Pizzi Avondale, AZ  
38 Courtney Dutton Chandler, AZ  
39 Rebecca Bodinet Phoenix, AZ  
40 Kylee Bonneville Mesa, AZ  
41 Christian Jensen Anthem, AZ $45
42 Eric Warren Phoenix, AZ  
43 William Atherton Flagstaff, AZ  
44 Randy Cote Tucson, AZ  
45 Dale Williams Flagstaff, AZ  
46 Rebekah Gottlieb Tempe, AZ  
47 Philip Stephens Phoenix, AZ  
48 Matt Herbert Prescott, AZ  
49 Mike Cross Tucson, AZ  
50 Rane Lacona Phoenix, AZ  
51 Justin Penwell Mesa, AZ  
52 Ryan Hailey Flagstaff, AZ  
53 Eric Rubin Phoenix, AZ  
54 Mike Kremer Peoria, AZ  
55 Alex Powell Phoenix, AZ