Ronnie Hayes defeated defending champion John Thompson by a score of 220-172 in the decisive match in the second of a 10-week series of King Of Gulf Gate scratch sweepers at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes last Tuesday (Nov. 3).
Hayes had the top three-game scratch pinfall of 690 in the qualifying round on scores of 268, 203 and 219, while Thompson earned a spot in the title game with a 652 qualifying total on games of 215, 179 and 258. And although he didn’t cash, Bob Pazur posted the only other 600-plus series with 623.
Thompson had emerged victorious in the first of the series of sweepers on Oct. 27 when he bested Jesse Hawver 267-221 in the championship showdown.
The King Of Gulf Gate series will continue over the next eight Tuesdays, with another on tap for Nov. 10. Entry fee for each sweeper is $20, and sign-up and registration begin at 6:15 p.m., with practice starting at 6:50 p.m.
Bowlers will compete in three qualifying games contested on a modified house pattern, after which there will be a 1-in-5 cut, and the surviving bowlers will roll one game to determine the week’s winner.
The series will conclude with a Week 11 finale, during which a King Of Gulf Gate will be crowned. To qualify for the Week 11 competition, a bowler must have rolled in at least six of the weekly events. There will be $2 set aside from weekly fees to be added to the Week 11 payoff. Brackets are available, and for more information, call Gary Gooch at 921-4447.
SMCBA Senior Open Tournament: Nov. 14-15 at AMF Bradenton
The Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association has scheduled its 24th annual Senior Open Championships for the weekend of Nov. 14-15 at AMF Bradenton Lanes. The event is open to all USBC-certified bowlers in Florida of age 50 and up, and entry fee is $18 per bowler per event, plus an optional all-events fee of $3.
Handicap will be based on 90 percent of 240, and there is no entry deadline. Both entries and re-entries will be accepted until one hour prior to the last scheduled squad, and squads on both dates will be 1 and 4 p.m. The four-player (all men, all women or mixed) team event will be conducted in one classification, while singles and doubles will be contested in two age categories: A (50-64) and B (65-up). Doubles partners don’t have to be in the same age division, and if they’re in different age groups, they’ll be put in Division A.
Re-entries are permitted, but no more than two bowlers can participate more than once together in the team event. Singles entrants may cash but once, and bowlers may cash just once with the same partner in doubles. To view or download an official tournament entry blank, click here.
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