The High Roller Classic made its way to Central Florida this past February bringing out the area’s hottest rollers and rising stars.
Considered by many to be the bowling event of the year, The High Roller Classic made its way to Central Florida this past February bringing out the area’s hottest rollers and rising stars. Twenty lucky teams were invited to bowl based on their past league scores, tournament results, and overall style. As in previous years, complaints surfaced of rampant bribery and unethical favoritism within the HRC panel. This, some say, resulted in several teams receiving invitations that had “questionable merit.” All of this was but a side note though on the night of the Classic as teams began arriving for the showdown. Longstanding title sponsors of the event, Quaker State and Dutchmaster Cigars, put up hefty prizes for the winners motivating everyone to bring their A game. Teams were assigned their lanes, ball returns were fired up, and soon the pins began to fall. Teams like the Heavy Splitters took on The Bowling Stones while rivalry’s were renewed with teams like Spare Chance and their cross town foes, Gutter Done. Slick lane conditions and rowdy fans made rolling tough for even the most seasoned veterans but the bowling was the finest in recent years.
Some of the best scores in the tournament’s storied history were recorded early in the night. As the night wore on though, the cocktail lounge became the main attraction and understandably scores began to drop. Most attendees found themselves immersed in heavy betting and even heavier drinking, especially those eliminated in the early rounds. As in years past, the night had slowly became more about fun and less about frames. With four teams still left in the tournament, the tournament’s scorekeeper was found passed out in the Pro Shop and deemed unfit to continue. Without a replacement, the Classic had to be called off and the final four teams were forced to divvy up the prizes. Congrats to the Sofa Kings, Wingin Balls, Stinky Fingers, and the Alley Pussy’s who all received a year’s supply of Quaker State Motor Oil as well as a box of the new Dutchmasters Palma Cognac. A huge thanks goes out to all the teams in attendance this year including:
2 Legit to Split, Spare Chance, The Sofa Kings, The Zombies, The Bowling Stones, Wingin Balls, The Indian Mound Boys, 3 Fingers Max, Broads with Balls, The Jive Turkeys, Gutter Done, The Heavy Splitters, Blue Balls, The Alley Pussy’s, Pin Awesome Since 76, Stinky Fingers, Glory Bowl, & Rollin Dirty.