I hate to say it, but that is typical AMF management.
Was there a breakdown pair available?
I would think that the only thing you can do now is for the entire group of you that bowled on that pair, write a letter, present bills and send them to AMF. You can also write to the hosting center in Las Vegas and tell them how poorly the tournament was run and that you hope nothing this bad gets associated with their center in Las Vegas due to this tournament. Tell the Las Vegas center how much you wanted to visit their fascility and participate had you had a fair chance at competing.
I did not once participate in this tournament. I knew it would be near impossible. I would be in the top division (200+) and after the first week, the score to beat in my division was 189 pins over average. COME ON!!!!! I've been known to waste $3 on many things, but it wasn't going to be this tournament. The open division of 200+ included at least 30 bowlers averaging over 225 and about 4 that were over 230. While the other divisions were no more then a 19 pin spread, the open division was nearly 40 pin spread. Knowing I had to bowl a 790+ scratch to be competative, not gunna do it.