The Latest News from Tenpins & More

May 24, 2023

The 12th ARCA Bowlathon is back after a Covid-19 related hiatus on Saturday June 3 at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho.  Arguably, America's most successful bowling fund-raiser, with more than $1,081,000 accumulated from eleven previous events, it's a day of fun, laughter, free bowling, free lunch and a grand silent auction, that, along with generous corporate sponsors, aims to take in $ 100,000 again this year.

"There are three sessions, 10.30-11.30, 12-1.30 and 2-3.30 when ARCA families, their helpers and area league bowlers come together for color pin prize bowling and companionship with some of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet," said Tenpins & More owner, Steve Mackie.

Businessman, Bob Scanlon took on the Bowlathon as a favored project when he saw the need to help folks with intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities become valued members in their local communities, This event supports almost 600 in ARCA'S local care.

Rio Rancho Mayor, Gregg Hull kicks off proceedings with his annual "Mayors on Strike" contest that has attracted ten mayors from across the state to a bowl-off.

Interested bowlers, who are asked to obtain pledges from others, can sign up for either of the last two sessions by emailing event organizer Michele Cody at

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Two rich leagues have completed their seasons at Tenpins & More with exciting roll-offs.  First, the Miller Draft League winners were Mike Lee, Carson Opela and Zach Harvey who combined to go 3-0, eventually beating Angel Ortega, Joseph La Pointe and Jacob Gill 13.5-7.5 in the decider of the loop that paid a record $ 32,500 in prize-money.  Harvey was best on the night with 238, 217, 244.

The Bud Trios, also a record pay-off over $23,000, went to improving Jon Arevalo, Joseph Martinez and Matthew Garduno who beat Joe Merrick, Victor Napolitano and Carl Chavez 658-631 scratch in the championship match.

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Lynn Robb won last Sunday's Pentathabowl tournament by one pin from Andrew Provencher, with Shane Muller third, 27 pins behind, followed by Robb's team-mate, Juanita Stull in fourth place.

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This Memorial weekend there's a scratch match-play tournament, with $ 1,000 going to the winner of the double-elimination finals Monday afternoon.

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In older news...

May 11

Tenpins & More won the 2nd International Challenge Series, via email, against Wyncity Keon Park Bowl in Melbourne on Sunday by more than seven pins per game, 229.28 average (including handicap) compared to 221.91 by the Australians.  It would have been a lot closer had it not been for two outstanding sets bowled by locals, Jon Arevalo and J D Nance, who were "on fire" with series of 823 and 806 respectively.  Arevalo threw his personal best on games of 267, 297, 259, while Nance, no stranger to big scores, had 289, 262, 255. Earlier in the week, Nance had bowled a perfect game of 300 during the Bud Trios League outing.

Yoder Pro Shop won here with 2,912, as Nance was assisted by Paul Yoder 698, Levi Yoder 658 and Matt Mlynarczyk 573.  They finished 58 pins ahead of "Car 54- Where Are You?" and Gutter Guards third a further 76 pins behind.

Visiting Australians, on vacation from the capital city of Canberra, Jenny and Robbie Douglas bowled for Rio Rancho with Robbie's 673 best of the two.

Other quality series came from Mike Jaramillo 657, Dominic Huerta 613, Bob Edwards 670, Steve Shultz 651, Dana Miller-Mackie 682, Jeremiah Martin 694, Joseph LaPointe 632 and Eddie Dowd 632.

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DeeRonn Booker and Joe Romero punched themselves tickets to the $70,450 New Mexico Open at Tenpins & More from August 18-20 in the Win-A-Spot tournament Saturday.  Booker, fresh from a stint on the national Professional Bowlers Association Tour, shot 237, 258, 250, 249, 226 and 238 for 1,458 (243 average), while state Hall-of-Famer, Romero had 1,408 for the second paid entry.

Improving Tom Thornhill was seven pins back in third followed by Estancia's Dominique Muller 1,390, Eric Vanderlip 1,365, Arevalo 1,352 and Dan Brenning 1,333 in a high-scoring contest.

Next roll-offs for the New Mexico Open are scheduled Sunday June 4 at 9 am.

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Farmington's Scott Ashley won the recent Open Masters at the Native American tournament at Tenpins & More. He beat Rio Rancho's Brian Hare 278-249 in the championship after Hare eliminated his wife, Adrienne in a match that required three tie-breakers to decide the advancer.

Ethan Thomas, Janet Brown and Bobby Daugomah won the minor divisions.

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Calendar (click here now to go to Calendar page):
Sun 14: Moms bowl free all day from 9 am until 10.30 pm (with paying guests)
Fri 19-Sun 21: Pentathabowl squads at various times
Sun 21: Color Pin Cash at 9.30 am


The New Mexico Open bowling tournament, scheduled August 18-20 at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho will offer a record prize-fund of $ 70,450 in it's 19th renewal.  This year's champion will receive a record winner's check for $ 13,000, based on 192 entries, and pay 1:4. There are five qualifying squads on the first two days so the maximum entry is 240, which would boost the payout to more than $ 80,000 and increase first place to $ 15,000. 

To encourage bowlers to try the 9am or 2 pm squads on August 18, Principal Financial Group has added $ 2,000 split between the top five scores in each session.  Former PBA champion, Mike Miller will create another challenging lane condition, which, in some years, has seen squad high game prizes won by games in the low 200's.

Cortez Schenck of Phoenix, Arizona is defending his title, won in fortunate circumstances last year against local J D Nance of Rio Rancho whose open frame split in the tenth allowed Schenck to roll a double and count for a 233-230 victory. 

Entry fee is $ 295, much less than other similar tournaments, with prize-money boosted by the financial support of more than forty local and national companies, many of them vendors at Tenpins & More.

Emil Williams' will cover all three days of competition live on the internet, that has attracted more than 33,000 views in past years.

This year, local radio station, KDSK 92.3 will provide a two-hour live remote of the tournament, adding to the media value that encourages area bowlers to sign up for the new fall league season starting late August/early September.

Following qualifying rounds, the top 32 return Sunday for double elimination matches with the unbeaten leader and three from the loser's bracket bowling one-game matches.  Should the number one seed lose their first game, there is one more match to decide the outcome.  There have been many significant winners, most notably Jakob Butturff who started his rise to PBA Hall-of-Fame credentials here in 2015. John Young of Albuquerque however remains the only two-time winner when he captured the first two titles in 2004 and 2005.  Total prize-money paid since then exceeds $ 784,000.

Entry forms are available by clicking here.  (Please contact Steve Mackie at or call 505-858-3409 (day) or 505-891-4462 (evening) for more details).

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