2013 Main Event Girls Scratch Singles
champion Elise Bolton (right) with handicap champ Alexa Lanning & scratch champ Oscar Chan
Elise Bolton of Merritt Island FL defeated Stephanie Zavala of Downey CA 194-188, to win the Girls Scratch Singles division of the 2013 JBT Las Vegas Main Event, presented by Ebonite International and hosted by Texas Star Lanes.
#6 Sara Vargas began the stepladder finals with a 211-178 win over #8 Randi Speiler. In a simultaneous match, #5 Zavala topped #8 Danielle August 189-177. Round tow saw both lower seeds pulling off upsets, as Vargas beat #4 Danyn Terry 217-168, and Zavala ousted #3 Gaylinn Gaines in a 192-191 thriller. Top seed Elise Bolton stopped Vargas in the semifinal 188-177, but Zavala kept climbing with a 202-147 win over #2 Shelby Demspey in the other semi, to set up the finale.
Bolton was looking to become the second two-time Main Event single champ, having won the Girls Scratch event in 2010. She had her hands full with the hard charging Zavala, though, and could only watch as Stephanie needed just a tenth frame mark to win. Zavala left the 3-6-9 on the brutal lane condition, and when she couldn't convert, the stunned Bolton claimed a 194-188 win, the title, and the $1,500 top prize.
Thanks to Dave Wodka and Ebonite International for being a major part of Main Event as well as our year-round Tour, as well as Jerry Francomano and the Texas Star crew for their usual terrific hosting job. Over $22,000 was awarded over four days of intense competition- make sure to be a part of the 2014 Main Event as well as other terrific JBT tournaments throughout the year!