(second from left) of Hollywood, Florida, a 209 average bowler, rolled a 208 game in the championship match of the 2016 True Amateur Tournament Amateur Classic at The Orleans Bowling Center to take home the $20,000 top prize.
The 2016 TAT Amateur Classic concluded July 9 after a busy week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Orleans Hotel and Casino bowling center opened their lanes for over 450 bowlers all week long who competed in multiple events. Altogether, True Amateur Tournaments wrote over 350 checks with the average check being over $550.
As always, each of the five division champions was guaranteed at least $5,000 in the final match.
Seventy one year-old Harry Mickelson of Yakima, Washington was the runner-up, taking second place and winning $10,000, while the 189 & Under Handicap bowler, Joevin Bolanos from Tustin, California, placed third receiving $7,500.
Eighteen year-old Jacob Klein of East Islip, New York, finished in fourth place for $6,000 and long-time TAT bowler Dwight Burns, Tucson, Arizona, finished fifth cashing for $5,000.
Throughout the week there were also big winners in TAT side events. In the Senior’s 50 & Over event, Greg Walters Sr. bowled a 165 to capture the $5,000 first place prize, leaving runner-up Greg Neuer winning $2500.
In the Scratch’s Bowlers Only event, Derryck Mertz won $3,000 in the match play bracket finals with an entry fee of just $125.
The Storm staff was on hand to help TAT bowlers navigate the challenging and unique TAT pattern. They also stayed busy handing out 403 Storm balls, 80 totes, and 32 Rollers to TAT bowlers.
Gary Hulsenberg and his crew live streamed the major TAT events as well as helped crown the 2016 Storm Challenge Champion, Brandon Trowbridge. Trowbridge, who comes from Cave Creek, Arizona, took home $5,000 for his victory.
In other TAT news, Tournament Director Jamie McWilliams has purchased the True Amateur Tournaments from Brad Edelman and High Roller Inc. bringing it back into the McWilliams family where the TAT began. Jamie and his wife, Alicia, are very excited about the opportunity to be involved with the TAT for the foreseeable future.
In February the TAT will form even stricter eligibility rules making a more truly amateur competitive field shooting for the $20,000 first place prize. A bowler from each division will have a shot at $20,000 and will be guaranteed $5,000 for making the top 5.
The TAT Amateur Classic will also be running several side tournaments including Senior’s Only, Scratch Only, No TAP Sweepers, VIP Tournaments, and The Roto-Grip Challenge. With six qualifying divisions including two handicap divisions and a senior division the TAT has something for everyone with the minimum entry being only $200.
The 2017 TAT Amateur Nationals will be held January 30th- February 5th, 2017 at The Orleans in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on the True Amateur Tournaments and the TAT Summer results click here.