MAST 2021-22 Year-End Day 1: Qualifying

MAST concludes its 2021-2022 season this weekend with its two-day Year End Invitational event at Spartan Bowl in McFarland.

Thirty-two bowlers participated in an eight-game qualifying round Saturday on Spartan’s house pattern, with the top twelve qualifiers advancing to Sunday’s match play rounds. The high scoring pace produced terrific competition throughout the day for the last qualifying spot. During the first six games of qualifying, the gap between 12th and 15th place was less than ten pins all but one of those games (16 pins in game #3), and settled at eleven pins for each of the last two games. Tony Oliva emerged from the pack to claim the twelfth & final qualifying spot at 1,855.

At the top of the leaderboard, Jeff Richgels led qualifying during five of the final six games to claim the top seed in Sunday’s match play at 1,988. Richgels’ terrific set included one of the day’s three honor counts with 830 (268-266-296) in his first three games.

The other qualifiers advancing to Sunday’s match play round are Rick Erce (2nd – 1,965), Don Benner (3rd – 1,921), Kevin Punzel (4th – 1,906), Chris Gibbons (5th – 1,898), Ron Blanchar (6th – 1,892), Cody Roedner (7th – 1,888), Billy Foertsch (8th – 1,885), Jason French (9th – 1,883), Chris Pollentier (10th – 1,869), and Brittany Pollentier (11th – 1,863). Chris Pollentier and Punzel had the biggest moves late; Pollentier closed with 287 to climb from 19th to 10th, and Punzel’s 266 finish moved him up from 11th to 4th.

The day’s other two honor counts came from Roedner (300 in game #2) and Dan Swenson with 800 (266-280-254) in his first three games.

MAST paid out two cash spots Saturday, with $120 going to Jacob Morris (13th – 1,853) and $110 to Kevin Thompson (14th – 1,845).

The event resumes Sunday morning at Spartan. Check-in for match play participants opens at 10:30am, with competition starting at 11:00am.