Matt Guy, The Champ, entered the ACL National 7 in Chicagoland as the one to beat and left with his 2nd ACL National win this season, making him a clear favorite in the 2017 $20,000 Singles Championship at COBS 2017. Guy marched through the winner bracket without dropping a match. His most competitive matches were in the Winners Bracket semi-finals and finals against Jimmy Allegra (21 – 13) and Josh Holland (21-14). Allegra beat Holland (21-9) to face-off against Guy in the finals. The Champ didn’t give the Iceman any hope of double dipping with a 21 – 5 meltdown. Christine Papcke had a strong fourth place finish while Bret Guy and Derek Holland squeaked into the money by finishing T5.
Looking inside the numbers of the semi-final winner bracket match between Matt Guy and Jimmy Allegra, we see that the match was much closer than the final score indicates. Of the 90 bags tossed by each player, they each scored on 82 of them. The difference came down to the +4 Total Bags in margin over Allegra. Both players scored at an 91% rate, but Guy ended up in the hole 73% per round vs Allegra’s 68%. The chart shows that Allegra jumped out to an early lead but Guy had a big round 4 with a +5 differential. Allegra forced three straight washes in Rounds 19 – 21 but finally got taken out by a 4 Bagger from guy in Round 22. Players can track their individual and heads up stats to improve their game with the ACL Software.
The Open Doubles featured some great battles over the week-end. The final four in the winner bracket featured Bret Guy / Matt Guy over Rex Uhrig / Mike Schaeffer (21-11) and Chris Byers / Josh Holland over Jimmy Allegra / Derek Holland (21-5). They Guys took out Byers / Holland (21-15) to put them into the Driver’s Seat. Allegra / Holland got their revenge on Byers / Holland in the third place match with a hard fought 21-19 win that could have gone either way. Allegra / Holland then did what many thought was not possible and double dipped the Guys 21-14, 21-9 and taking home the Doubles title along with the cash.
The ACL National 7 Crew Cup provided another entertaining and fun competition among players. Carolinas Finest (Josh Holland, Derek Holland, Jimmy Allegra, Chris Byers) rolled through the bracket without dropping a match. They beat Ford Steink Ohio (David Morse, Barry Hempy, Mark Steinke, Sebastian Ford) in the semi-finals and finals to finish in first. The Power Hour (Ray Powers, Jose Q, Gary Stelter, Ricky Singleton) finished third and Sexy Rexy (Mike Schaeffer, Rex Uhrig, Matt Guy, Bret Guy) finished fourth.
The Womens and Seniors battled it out in singles tournaments as well at the event. Christine Papcke backed up her ACL National 6 win with another win over Jan Raylander. Rex Uhrig came back from the L-Dog bracket and double dipped Terry Wisner for the seniors victory. The 8 Bag Challenge came down to a playoff.
Outside of the great play, there were some great people that worked hard to make this ACL National happen in Chicagoland. It was fitting to be hosted by the VFW over the Memorial Day Week-End as we gave thanks and brought some nice funds for those that have served to protect our freedoms. Gary Rodman supplied the music and cool photo booth with props for everyone to enjoy. Gary Wisniewski provided some great scoreboards. The ACL Partners in Bags, AppDesignGeeks (Four on the Floor and MadDog), along with Brian Pillar, and Sing Sing did a great job of promoting and supporting this event. We are looking forward to seeing all those players at COBS 2017 or next season when we kick off our Regional and Conference play in the area.
Next up is Sevier County Fairgrounds, TN in June for the kick-off to BK Fantasy Cornhole and final ACL National of the season.