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Record Entries at the February TAT!
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Donald Jones of the US Navy shoots a 199 to win $20,000
True Amateur Tournaments would like to start off by saying thank you to all our sponsors and all our participants for coming out to Las Vegas, January 31st- February 5th, and participating in the 2017 TAT Amateur National Megabuck Bowling Event. This event was made possible because of all of you and we are excited to announce that another successful and competitive week of bowling took place at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. This year TAT features almost 10,000 Games and over 3500 entries!
We would like to congratulate 22 year old Donald Jones from 29 Palms, California, for taking home the $20,000 grand prize. Donald shot a 199 in the final match and was crowned 2017 TAT Amateur Nationals Champion to take home $20,000 and the Crystal Cup. He was joined by four other bowlers in the final round including, Jorge Gomez, who finished second for $10,000, Kevin Gagnon who finished third for $7,500, Terry Leong who finished fourth for $6,000, and rounding out the top five was Robert Campagnale, finishing fifth for $5,000.
One of the crowd favorites, The Roto-Grip Challenge was held on Thursday February 2nd, with over 280 bowlers vying for the $5,000 grand prize. In the end it came down to Gerald Johnson, Aaron Horton, JD Elliot, and Eligio Lopez. 54 year old Gerald Johnson threw the winning three strikes to win the $5,000 first place prize, while the other top three cashed for $1,000 each. There were 35 cash spots in this event between the two separate Handicap and Scratch divisions and over 150 Roto Grip No Rules given to participants.
The Roto-Grip Pro staff was on site all week distributing Roto Grip Hywire’s and No Rules to tournament bowlers. Beyond that, this staff was available for questions, ball layout, pattern strategy, and coaching. Roto-Grip also brought several PBA/PWBA professional bowlers to assist TAT bowlers throughout the week, and join Chris Schlemer and Gary Hulsenberg in the Live Stream booth. The TAT Main Finals, Roto-Grip Challenge, and Senior Event Finals are archived on Storm's YouTube Page.
Our next TAT event is July 2nd-9th, 2017 at The Orleans in Las Vegas. NEW to this Summer’s Event is The TAT Progressive Pot starting at over $5,000, and a new Eligibility rule that will eliminate a few TAT bowlers but will give everyone else a shot at winning big! Also, be on the lookout for TAT Regionals starting up and coming to your area! Our first TAT Amateur Regional will take place in Portland,OR April 23rd. Details for both events can be found at
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