Andrew Nelson Prevails in nail-biter championship match
OUR HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDREW NELSON for earning his first DV8 / Rondot’s Pro Shop Shootout title in the Summer Solstice event at Maplewood Lanes on Friday night! His championship match was against a red-hot Matthew Vincentini, who was seeking the rare second consecutive title. Andrew finished first and struck on the last ball to force Matthew into getting all 3 strikes in the 10th for a tie and a rematch for all the marbles, but a 9-count on the first shot ended the tournament. Andrew happily claimed all of the goodies for the winner – the title, the $500 first prize, the pennant which will be displayed at every Shootout for the next year, plus that highly valuable Bye into the match play of the DV8 Grand Finale Shootout in August. Congratulations again, Andrew, enjoy the knowledge that you are a Shootout Champion!
CONGRATULATIONS ALSO TO MATTHEW VINCENTINI for his outstanding run at becoming a Back-To-Back DV8 Shootout Champion! He emerged victorious in last month’s Memorial Weekend event and came within one frame of doing it again. We hope the $300 awarded for 2nd place provided some consolation, that’s been some Damn Good Bowling.
JIM HICKENBOTTOM has been one of our most loyal bowlers for a long time but hasn’t yet claimed a title, we thought he was going to break through when he plowed his way to the Final 3 in this event. The lanes were unkind to him in that match but he did snag the $200 prize for his third-place finish. Great job, Jim, we know that you’ll be in the winner’s circle soon.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BOWL GREAT TO CASH BIG! By her own admission, Jessica Kershner had a really bad night on the lanes, her second game was an 80. Yes, 80. However, as fate would have it, her evening got much better because that was the number drawn for the Mystery score and she happily claimed a very nice $174! Congratulations to Jessica!
THE DV8 BOWLING BALL RAFFLE did see a repeat winner. Anne Zborowski won the raffle in February at the SuperBowl Shootout and was fortunate enough to win another one at this event. She was definitely all smiles as she claimed her new state-of-the-art DV8 Grudge, and she will also receive free drilling and any needed grips from Ed Rondot’s Pro Shop – a prize package worth well north of $200. Congratulations to Anne – again!
ALL-TIME RECORD FIELD FOR A SUMMER SHOOTOUT – That’s right, folks, 97 of you went to the starting gate for this event, breaking our all-time record for a summer Shootout. This wasn’t our doing, we have you, our bowlers, to thank for such strong support! Despite the huge field, it only took a handicap series of 684 to make the cut, be guaranteed to cash, and proceed into the match play eliminations to seek the title.
THE NEXT SHOOTOUT:
We’re down to crunch time for earning eligibility into the DV8 Grand Finale. The upcoming Dog Days of Summer event at Brighton Bowl on July 15 is your last chance. All bowlers, including seeded Champions, must have bowled at least three regular Shootouts this season to be eligible. Dog Days starts at 8 PM that evening, entries will be cut off at 7:50 PM with no exceptions. If you must bowl that event to gain Finale eligibility, you are strongly urged to get your entry in early since the 7:50 deadline does not apply to prepaid entries. We also suggest early entry for those who wish to have family and/or friends on the same pair of lanes during the qualifying round. Don’t get shut out because of traffic problems or other reasons that you can’t control! You may enter at either Maplewood’s or Brighton’s front desks, at Rondot’s Pro Shop, or in other ways as outlined here:
THE GRAND FINALE SHOOTOUT presented by DV8 Bowling, The D Las Vegas, and Maplewood Lanes is shaping up to possibly be the biggest tournament in our history. Maplewood has guaranteed the winner’s prize all season, somebody will get $1,000 cash! The D Las Vegas has again given us an outstanding Champion’s prize package including 4 days and 3 nights in a High Roller’s suite, party limo transportation both ways between The D and McCarran Airport, and $100 in food credit good at nearly every restaurant within The D plus a couple of outside venues. Also, in recent years we have been able to pay half of the field at least their entry fee back, and merely making the cut has been worth at least $100. This is the only tournament on our Tour that costs $50 to enter instead of the usual $40, but the entire ten bucks extra is added to the prize fund. If you wish to inquire about your eligibility, send an email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with “Shootouts” as the subject, Brian will give you an answer as quickly as possible.
– Ed, Brian, and our wonderful DV8 Shootout Staff
DV8 / Rondot’s Pro Shop Summer Solstice Shootout
$500 – Andrew Nelson
$300 – Matthew Vincentini
$200 – Jim Hickenbottom
$100 – Darrin Turner, Adam Smith, Jeff Piekarzewski
$70 – Rich Planko, Brian Rise, Mike Goike, Steve Jacobs,
– David Kohn, Nic Clawson
$45 – Matt Coleman, Krystal Gambrell, Rourke McKibbon, Reggie Thomas
– Donovan Weeks, Jeremy Griggs, T.J. Shaw, Huey Herron Jr.
– Brad White, Liz Payeur, Donnie Odum, Justin Ewing
TIE FOR 25th, SPLIT $40 PRIZE – James Bush, Ken Pickett