Derek Eoff defeated Jon Schalow 247-246 to win the Survivor finals at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes in Madison Saturday. Schalow finished the match first with strike, 10-pin and spare in his tenth frame. Eoff responded with ring-10, spare, and a strike on his fill ball for the one-pin victory. This was Eoff’s fourteenth career MAST title.
Eoff finished the qualifying round at 843, in a three-way tie with Don Benner and Todd Kjell for the final spot in the Survivor round. Eoff and Kjell both struck out the first ninth & tenth frame roll-off for a 60-60 tie, forcing a second roll-off which Eoff won 60-26 to claim the twelfth qualifying spot.
Eoff followed up his 8-for-8 strike performance in the roll-offs with a perfect game, posting the day’s only honor count with 300 to open Survivor play. He shot 248 to lead the group advancing out of the quarterfinals, then struck out the tenth frame of his semifinal game for 214 to jump ahead of Jack Sullivan’s 210 game and advance to the title match.
Eoff earned $415 for the win, with Schalow taking home $286 for second. The other survivor-round payouts Saturday were $183 for 3rd-4th, $146 for 5th-8th, and $112 for 9th-12th. Benner and Kjell each earned one-half of the last survivor-round cash spot of $56. Eoff also earned $90 from the Bet to Win pot.
Forty-one bowlers competed on the 2022 USBC Open Championships Team pattern. Jerry Marrs led qualifying at 970, earning him twenty-five bonus points in the M & J Truck and Auto Points Race.
Tour co-sponsor Matt Maly and M & J Truck and Auto added $300 to the prize fund for this event. Tour co-sponsor Bob Holzbauer and Phoenix Pro Shop donated a Storm Night Road at cost, won by Jeff Prein. Host center Bowl-A-Vard Lanes added three $10 gift cards, won by Lindsey Conklin and Chris Pounders (x2). Combined proceeds resulted in an additional $420 for this event’s prize fund. MAST extends a huge Thank You to M & J Truck and Auto, Phoenix Pro Shop, and Bowl-A-Vard Lanes for their generosity.
Our next event is Saturday, October 8th at Prairie Lanes in Sun Prairie. We will be using Prairie’s house shot for that event, and it will be match-play finals. M & J Truck and Auto will be adding $300 to the prize fund for that event. We hope to see you all there.