Two popular Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte County bowling tournaments have been scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 8-9: the sixth annual Andy Rapone Memorial Best-Three-Of-Four on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Sarasota Lanes; and a Prove It Scratch Challenge at AMF Gulf Gate on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Conducted and sponsored by the Sarasota-Manatee County Men’s Bowling Hall of Fame, the best-three-of-four format allows all entrants to roll four games, with only the highest three scores counting toward prize-list placement.
Three squads are scheduled — at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Aug. 8 — and because the lineage is donated free of charge by Sarasota Lanes management, entry fee is a modest $10, with $5 going into the prize fund, $3 earmarked for the Hall of Fame and $2 donated to the Sarasota-Manatee Youth Scholarship Fund.
All entrants must be at least 18 years old and a certified member of the United States Bowling Congress, and re-entries will be permitted, provided lanes are available, but bowlers may cash only once.
Handicap is 90 percent of 220, and there are two average divisions: 185-up and 184-under. Complete rules and information are on the entry blanks, available at most area centers. To view or download a tournament flyer, click here.
In the fifth annual event last August, Bruce Kopp and Jose Vasquez emerged victorious in their respective average categories, and to read a report on last year’s competition, click here.
Prove It Challenge series resumes at AMF Gulf Gate on Aug. 9
After taking a month off in July, the next in the series of Prove It Scratch Challenge tournaments will be conducted at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes on Sunday, Aug. 9.
The competition will be contested on the 41-foot PBA Scorpion lane-conditioning pattern, and starting lane assignments will be drawn during registration that begins at 10:45 a.m., and practice will start at 12:15 p.m.
Entry fee will be $60, and first place will pay $600, based on 30 entries. For complete information on the Prove It Challenge tournament series — including rules, past champions, patterns and contact information — you may visit the Prove It Web site by clicking here.
Brandon Hott of St. Petersburg is the defending champion by virtue of his 192-185 final-game triumph over Dennis Beagle of Fort Myers by a score of 192-185 in the title match of the June tournament, and to read an atombash.com report of that event, click here.
High-score report: Four players roll games of 279
This atombash.com report on high local scores is rather meager, with four scores of 279 topping the list. Gerald Nerber and Raymond St. Sauveur each rolled 279s at Treasure Lanes, and Al Ursomanno and Christian Toepfer matched the scores at Bowland Port Charlotte.
Other high scores from Treasure Lanes included a 266 game by Rodney Wood and a 718 series by Scott Long, while Bowland Port Charlotte also yielded the following scores: James Creutz 278; Esther Nadel 238, Rosie Gassera 237-617, Kristi Scheetz 231, Danielle Gassera 624.
At Sarasota Lanes, Tony Cinelli blasted a 759 series that included a 278 game, while other top scores from that center included: Craig Schweitzer 268-708, Chuck Souzer 703, Glenn Reed 701.
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