The Hub promoted its bowling alley by hosting the Red Pin No Tap Bowling Tournament on May 17, open to students and community members and with different rules from the standard game. Elder Wilford Mueller, a senior missionary from Utah, beat out all the students for first place with a score of 226.
Arona Tufagai, manager of the Hub, joked, “Basically we wanted to show we could get all six lanes working at the same time. But really we just wanted to get students out and let them have some fun bowling in a format they might not have experienced before.”
The event was an eight-pin tournament where a strike counts when you knock down eight pins as opposed to the standard ten. He said the rule change makes the game more exciting and fun, especially for bowling novices.
Tufagai and Hub employee Manu Dauphin reached out to Darrell Pojas, vice president of the Oahu Bowling Association. “He was really excited to work with us. We were able to meet him at a tournament, and he showed us some of the different rules. We are the only bowling alley on the North Shore and so Darrell sees a lot of potential in what we could become.”
The tournament included a qualifying round where eight contestants played three straight rounds. The three highest scorers qualified for the final round to determine the winners. Mueller’s first place was followed by students Joshua Webb and Jonathan Jessop, both in the class Beginning Bowling (EXS 115).
“This was amazing,” said Mueller, “I really enjoy sports and so this was such a fun time.” Mueller described how the tournament reminded him of when he won a bowling competition while on a military base in South Korea during a Fourth of July Olympics event.
Shine Dauphin, a BYUH graduate from South Korea who lives in TVA, said she had never had so many strikes before. “I’ve never bowled a game over a hundred, but in this tournament I had a total of 386 for the qualifying round across the three games.
“Everyone was cheering each other and it was very fun. The 10 dollars was definitely worth it.”
The tournament required a $10 entrance fee, although Tufagai mentioned the entree fee would most likely be reduced for future tournaments.
A few other tournament rules included a rotation of lanes where players moved from the left lane to the right lane. Additionally, there was a red pin set in each set of pins. If a player bowled a standard ten-pin strike when the red pin was the head pin or furthest in front, the bowler qualified for prizes.
“We got some fun prizes donated. Our first place was dinner for two at PCC’s Gateway Buffet, second place was a foot zoning massage coupon, and third was a gift certificate to the So’Da Bomb food truck,” said Tufagai.
Additional prizes for knocking down the red pin were donated by the BYUH Bookstore. The prizes included a water bottle, a pillow and some other knick-knacks.
Besides student tournaments, Tufagai said he sees the Hub becoming more involved in student life including intramural leagues.
Of the eight contestants, half were members of the BYUH bowling class.