2006 Main Event Open Scratch Division

champ Brent Bowers and runner-up Craig Hanson

Brent Bowers put on a clinic all week long, capped off with a tremendous clutch performance in the title match, to capture the Scratch division title of the 2006 Las Vegas Main Event, presented by Ebonite International and the Junior Bowlers Tour. 

After three days of qualifying, the field was carved down to the top 78 for six tough matchplay games, after which the top 16 bowled in a unique bracket-style finals.  In round one, two simultaneous four-player matches were held, with only the highest game advancing.  In the top match, #13 seed Kevin Saunders' 247 was good enough to beat Jeremy Medina, Shawn Redd, and Matthew Tuckfield, while #10 Craig Hanson escaped from the bottom match with a big 259, beating Brad Miller, Jim Bosse, and Robyn Ashley.  

In round two's three-way matches, Saunders won the top bracket match again, firing a 244 to eliminate #5 Michael Pixley and #6 Scott Christensen (who rolled a 299 earlier in the event). Hanson made it through his second match as well, and in thrilling fashion, as he doubled in the tenth for a 276 game that edged a terrific 269 from BJ Baker, also eliminating a solid 232 effort from Jeff Spiesman.  

It wasn't the toughest shot in the world, but it sure wasn't a house shot, but these highly skilled bowlers just kept striking in the semis, with Hanson getting by #3 seed Andrew Koff, the '05 Main Event runner-up and fellow Floridian, by a 258-244 margin, while Saunders kept rolling as well, defeating 21-time east coast JBT champ Anthony Pepe 258-199.  

In round four, the semifinals, Bowers finally stopped Saunders' excellent run, 205-185, while Hanson remained unstoppable, getting by #2 Josh Blanchard, who was looking for his 5th straight win in JBT play, 209-193, to set up a great title match.

Craig had already beat seven outstanding bowlers to reach this point, and figured to have his toughest test against Bowers, who had set all kinds of Main Event scoring records, including an astronomical 827 set in qualifying, en route to securing the top seed.  However, it was the confident Hanson who rolled out to an early lead in the final, with Brent unable to find the range on the left hand lane.  When Bowers chopped a bucket on that lane in the 5th, however, it would be the last time he missed.  Making a set of great moves, he struck out from there, and he would need every one as Hanson hung tough as well.  Needing a double and count to shut out, Brent threw two more flush hits for the win, and an enormous $5,450 payday.  Hanson's great run through the finals ended with a terrific $3,270 consolation prize.  

Thanks again to Ebonite, as well as to Texas Station for a first-class hosting job.  In all, a tremendous $53,589 in scholarships was awarded to a 1,000+ entrant field.  Find all the Main Event results and learn more about the Junior Bowlers Tour at www.bowljbt.com, and we'll see you at Texas Station in 2007 for the next Main Event! 

  OPEN SCRATCH- Final Standings and scholarship winners
rank Name City State PRIZE
1 Bowers, Brent Mulvane KS $5,450
2 Hanson, Craig Orlando FL $3,270
3 Blanchard, Josh Fresno CA $2,340
4 Saunders, Kevin Goodyear AZ $1,756
5 Koff, Andrew MIami FL $1,400
6 Pepe, Anthony Jackson Hgts NY $1,219
7 Pixley, Michael Sacramento CA $1,300
8 Christensen, Scott M (co) Evergreen CO $720
9 Baker, BJ Tempe AZ $715
10 Spiesman, Jeff Ventura CA $630
11 Medina, Jeremy Santa Fe NM $600
12 Redd, Shawn Sunnyvale TX $769
13 Bosse, Jim Berlin CT $600
14 Ashley, Robyn Farmington NM $500
15 Tuckfield, Matt Miami FL $634
16 Miller, Brad Raytown MO $556
17 Wodzinski, Mike East Meadow NY $848
18 Clark, Tucker     $350
19 Cormack, Matt Woodland Hills CA $428
20 George, Kris Glendale AZ $318
21 Peck, Shane Riverside CA $286
22 Pirtle, James Waipahu HI $300
23 Eppele, Kevin Las Vegas NV $115
24 French, Mark Ventura CA $120
25 King, Kyle Phoenix AZ $82
26 Weyrauch, Chris Chandler AZ $212
27 Peters, Jacob Decatur IL $208
28 Inafuku, Kellen Mililani HI  
29 Smith, Tommy Des Plaines IL $699
30 Jackson, Will (ut) Layton UT  
31 Shimon, Shane Sacramento CA  
32 Panaligan, Nate N. Las Vegas NV  
33 Fritsch, Chris Citrus Heights CA $30
34 Van Hecke, Ryan Sterling Heights MI $16
35 Beasely, Travis Citrus Heights CA $60
36 Young, Geoffrey Denton TX $41
37 DeCaluwe, Andy Mt Prospect IL $91
38 Tatrow, Kevin Bel Aire KS $32
39 Tajiri, Joshua Mililani HI $150
40 Marshall, Austin Newport  OR  
41 Ferrer, Jordan Henserson NV  
42 Sands, Trey Miami FL $250
43 Richards, Dean Tacoma WA $304
44 Weier, Cameron Federal Way WA $67
45 Monteith, JR Orange CA  
46 Cross, Mike Tucson AZ  
47 Hithcock, Sam Lake Forest CA  
48 Hildebrand, Spencer Shawnee Mission KS $16
49 Bolosan, Chris Newport News VA $16
50 Ocana, Robert Edinburg TX  
51 Sambueno, Toby Aiea HI  
52 Mizo, Jarret Honolulu HI  
53 Fukumizi, Preston Los Angeles CA $72
54 Cote, Randy Tucson AZ  
55 Davenport, Chris Tucson AZ  
56 Hill, Kiall Sunrise FL $272
57 Dias, Alex Lafayette CO  
58 Smith, Cameron Santee CA  
59 Behunin, Jordan Ogden UT  
60 Kolczak, Kasey Ogden UT  
61 Miles, Clayton Portland OR $350
62 Allred, Brandon Las Vegas NV $175
63 Churchill, Randy Windsor ONT $92
64 Rogers, Zach MIami FL $48
65 Miles, Robert Scott Jr. Chester MD  
66 Marchak, Mike Des Plaines IL  
67 Kagawa, Chris Las Vegas NV  
68 Kanda, Justin Honolulu HI  
69 Reynoso, Andy Las Vegas NV  
70 Holland, Forrest Escondido CA $16
71 Kluender, Eric Kansas City MO  
72 Stewart, Blake Sandy UT  
73 Sekara, Justin Richmond CA  
74 Jones, Matt Canoga Park CA  
75 Jensen, Christian Anthem AZ $32
76 Leseberg, Brian Ventura CA $96
77 McGinness, Brandon La Crescenta CA  
78 Hawkins, Darren      
79 Byer, Andy Albuquerque NM $20
80 Douthit, Theo Glendale AZ $300
81 Hara, Dustin Pearl City HI  
82 Jones, Kyle Kearns UT  
83 Bodinet, Dan Phoenix AZ $16
84 Del Cerro, Mark Fremont CA $80
85 Coyle, Cayson Las Vegas NV  
86 Bidwell, Devin Simi Valley CA  
87 Greiner, Alex Richmond CA  
88 Jackson, Will Gardena CA $45
89 Majdanski, Bobby Las Vegas NV  
90 Planer, Stephen Oklahoma City OK  
91 Hiyane, Cy Aiea HI  
92 Mathews, Jeff Las Vegas NV  
93 Ballard, Brian San Diego CA $14
94 Lavoie, Jeremy Windsor Locks CT  
95 McElvaney, Ken Ventura CA $45
96 Prather, Taylor Sparks NV  
97 Jensen, Curtis Fresno CA $75
98 Coleman, Brian Salt Lake City UT $25
99 Morrison, Kyle Draper UT  
100 Thomas, Willie IV Richmond CA $20
101 Urrutia, Nathan   CA  
102 Kolczak, Kraig Ogden UT  
103 Norton, Bryan Ventura CA $48
104 Allen, Raymond Mililani HI  
105 Carroll, Daniel Seattle WA  
106 Daniels, Evan   UT  
107 Fujita, Michael El Sobrante CA $44
108 Reid, Shane Enfield CT  
109 Grant, Bill Rio Rancho NM $20
110 Torres, Richard Antioch CA  
111 Claspell, Joe Lake Havasu City AZ  
112 Laskey, Adam Fargo ND $48
113 Marin, Joseph Oxnard CA  
114 Reclosado, Ralf Daly City CA $16
115 Rubin, Eric Phoenix AZ $100
116 Geering, Greg Phoenix AZ  
117 Hidani, Darren Mililani HI  
118 Koyanagi, Cory Torance CA $33
119 Zakrzewski, Henry Palatine IL  
120 Klemsen, Jake Milwaukie OR $35
121 Beach, Kris Freeport IL $40
122 Schoenfeld, Kevin Phoenix AZ $20
123 Nagamine, Kyle Kaneohe HI $16
124 Hopfner, Todd Bonney Lake WA  
125 Honculada, Phillip Houston TX  
126 Bakshys, George Milford CT $110
127 Reyes, Juanmanuel Aiea HI $20
128 Wiltfang, Bear Lake Havasu City AZ $16
129 Reynoso, Adam Las Vegas NV $40
130 Garbera, Greg Tempe AZ  
131 Medina, Justin Santa Fe NM  
132 Mochizuki, Peter   HI  
133 Ray, Derek Denton TX  
134 Brooks, Andy Albuquerque NM  
135 Zehntner, Travis Goleta CA $20
136 Williams, Kirk Oregon City OR $20
137 Caldwell, Bryan Glendale AZ  
138 Davis, Phllip Blue Springs MO  
139 Murobayashi, Blaine Mililani HI  
140 Ward, Matthew Loveland CO  
141 Entsminger, William El Paso TX $80
142 Ono, Jordan Pearl City HI  
143 Bray, Bobby Puyallup WA  
144 Nishijima, Dean Torrance CA  
145 Pate, Nick Georgetown TX  
146 Wu, Kevin Sacramento CA $16
147 Pekins, Brandon Gardena CA $33
148 Ray, Johnny Las Vegas NV  
149 Amrein, Nicholas Hillsboro OR  
150 Johnston, David Glendale AZ  
151 Shock, Nathan Thornton CO  
152 Hewitt, Travis Fremont CA  
153 Lyon, Ross Lakewood CA  
154 Algeri, Marc Phoenix AZ  
155 Brown, Ricky RSM CA  
156 Scherbak, Taylor Lincoln NE  
157 Weyrauch, Brian Tempe AZ $64
158 Phandanouvong, Foster San Diego CA  
159 McBride, Joshua Wichita KS  
160 Goldschen, Jared Woodland Hills CA $20
161 Ruzylo, Kyle Oceanside CA $16
162 Goldstien, Joey Jr San Francisco CA $24
163 Dick, William Boynton Beach FL  
164 Smith, Patrick Bakersfield CA $16
165 Watts, Brandon Lake Havasu City AZ  
166 Lien, Shane San Diego CA  
167 Hennes, Andrew Lake Mary FL $64
168 Wareing, Mitch South Jordan UT  
169 Hair, Charlie Lake Forest CA  
170 Nelson, Eric South Jordan UT  
171 Garcia, AJ Azusa CA  
172 Fry, Billy Antelope CA  
173 Narciso, Kevin Phoenix AZ $16
174 Florez, Jerod Bosque Farms NM  
175 Lewis, Derek Wicking KS  
176 Hayashi, Jared Waipahu HI $100
177 Robinson, Bradley DeSoto TX  
178 Goto, Jaron Aiea HI  
179 Sloan, DJ Las Vegas NV  
180 Kemper, Matt Hillsboro OR  
181 Beisswenger, David Las Vegas NV  
182 Adams, Alex Fair Oaks CA  
183 Croft, Jeremy Simi Valley CA $250
184 Patty, Dan Walnut Creek CA  
185 Richardson, Garrett Hercules CA  
186 Katz, Jordan Las Vegas NV  
187 Inafuku, Keene Mililani HI  
188 Kamiyama, Micah Honolulu HI  
189 Ross, Delano Inglewood CA  
190 Bratton, Buster Voncalla OR  
191 Clark, Ben Draper UT $32
192 Schaub, Eddie Las Vegas NV  
193 McPherson, Cort Simi Valley CA  
194 Garcia, Armando San Diego CA  
195 Scott, Jordan Fresno CA  
196 Korenic, Cale Escondido CA  
197 Bolton, Babe Merritt Island FL  
198 Grinfelds, Dzintars San Francisco CA  
199 Briancesco, Ernest West Valley City UT  
200 Foster, Justin Ontario CA  
201 Hamamura, Shaun Mililani HI  
202 Jones, Kyle Phoenix AZ  
203 Christensen, Scott T Ripon CA  
204 Demshok, Rick Richmond CA  
205 Buie, Andrey Elk Grove CA $500
206 Lopez, Miguel Peoria AZ  
207 Martin, Kenny Pacifica CA  
208 Driggs, Robert Portland OR  
209 Lee, CJ Gilbert AZ  
210 McHann, Matt Las Vegas NV  
211 Alley, Robbie Tijeras NM  
212 Roman, Patrick Escondido CA  
213 Mares, Mark Los Lunas NM  
214 Larcome, Jason Chula Vista CA  
215 Kutcher, Chris Las Vegas NV  
216 Callahan, Jeff Puyallup WA  
217 Jones, Jason Kearns UT  
218 Leach, Labriel Tucson AZ  
219 Bray, Daniel Citrus Heights CA  
220 Hanagi, Kean Mililani HI  
221 Hugo, Robert Santa Barbara CA  
222 Ploner, Daniel Yorba Linda CA  
223 Del Campo, Kris Las Vegas NV  
224 Kilgore, Eric Los Angeles CA  
225 Roane, Christopher Waianae HI  
226 Powanda, Nick San Diego CA $16
227 Carter, Randall      
228 Haney, Christopher Oxnard CA  
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