For those unfamiliar, Cutthroat is a format where three bowlers match up with each playing for themselves. There are some different variables to scoring depending on the number of bowls used but it generally follows a ranked scoring system where the shot bowl is worth the most points and the next two or three bowls closest worth one less as you work your way out. For the purposes of this year's event, all bowlers used 3 bowls with the shot bowl worth 3, the next closest 2, and the third out worth 1.
Now that I've explained the format a bit I want to take some space here to thank Mike Ruggles for his management of this event. He's been terrific stepping in for Chuck Muser the second half of 2018 but deserves special recognition for the Cutthroat.
To begin, he did a terrific job of filling out a full field of 24 bowlers. I know he did individual outreach to a number of people to achieve this and that extra effort paid off in a very competitive field which turned out to be very balanced overall. Next, he employed some kind of NASA Moon Landing math to randomize and assign numbers to the field which helped ensure fair draws all around.
Now for the rules he employed which made it possible to fit 6 matches in (four before lunch!):
3-bowl Cutthroat, 8-end games, 2-Jacks per rink with the shot-bowl winner placing the jack and the mat (no rolling the jack). The last detail shaved at least 10 minutes off each match length (if not more).
Lastly, in preparation for the day, Mike printed off the rink assignments and posted them on the benches beside the green so there was no confusion over which rink each bowler had to report to.
Add to all that a perfect-weather day (which given the effort and success Mike put in on everything else, I'm going to go ahead and give him credit for that too) and the whole event was a rousing success. Thank you, Mike, for all your hard work!!
Now to the results...
1st Place: Robert Alessi
Robert was dominant for pretty much the whole day and took the final matchup by a healthy margin. Bruce Williams and Herb Glazeroff finished 2nd and 3rd respectively and it came down to the last end to decide between them.
2nd Place: Bruce Williams
3rd Place: Herb Glazeroff (welcome back after your time off from hip surgery!)
The images below were the 3 semi-final matches. While I didn't make the final match, my Red Sox won the World Series - so not a bad day at all.