Glenn Jessup of Bradenton and Cliff Martin — both with two titles and one runner-up finish — were the top individual performers in last weekend’s (Nov. 14-15) Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association’s Senior Open tournament at AMF Bradenton Lanes.
Jessup won Division A (ages 50-64) all-events with a nine-game handicap pinfall of 2,496, paired with Ray Lofthouse of Bradenton for the Division A doubles title with 1,521, and was on the second-place team. Martin claimed the top spot in Division B (65-over) singles with 792, was a member of the first-place Hall Of Fame No. 2 team, and placed second in Division B all-events with 2,264.
Joining Martin on the championship team were Ron Smith, Fred Shaffer and Jim Ord, while other first-place finishes were posted by: Damaso Larrondo and Tom Humphreys of Sarasota (Division B doubles, 1,470); Pat Welch of Sarasota (Division A singles, 811); and Mike Zafarano of North Port (Division B all-events, 2,284). The top three finishers in each event were:
- TEAM EVENT: 1, Hall Of Fame No. 2 (Ron Smith, Cliff Martin, Fred Shaffer, Jim Ord) 2,876; 2, Ray Lofthouse (Glenn Jessup, Rick Evans, Mike Byrd, Ray Lofthouse) 2,872; 3, Jerry T (Kevin Reichenbach, Gil Sliker, Ron Elliott, Jerry Tucciarone Jr.) 2,868.
- DOUBLES DIVISION A (ages 50-64): 1, Glenn Jessup and Ray Lofthouse (Bradenton) 1,521; 2, Jean Clearwater and Terry Wood (Palmetto) 1,488; 3, William Farmer and Mark Donushi (Bradenton) 1,486.
- DOUBLES DIVISION B (65-over): 1, Damaso Larrondo and Tom Humphreys (Sarasota) 1,470; 2, Rudy Troyer and Leon Wagler (Sarasota) 1,455; 3, Mike Zafarano and Kenneth Jones (North Port) 1,436.
- SINGLES DIVISION A (50-64): 1, Pat Welch Sarasota) 811; 2, Robert Muff (Palmetto) 809; 3, Glenn Jessup (Bradenton) 803.
- SINGLES DIVISION B (65-over): 1, Cliff Martin (Sarasota) 792; 2, Mark Donushi (Bradenton) 769; 3, Richard Scariot (Cape Coral) 755.
- ALL-EVENTS DIVISION A (50-64): 1, Glenn Jessup (Bradenton) 2,496; 2, Kent Wagner (Bradenton) 2,264; 3, Cee Butler (Sarasota) 2,199.
- ALL-EVENTS DIVISION B (65-over): 1, Mike Zafarano (North Port) 2,284; 2, Cliff Martin (Sarasota) 2,264; 3, Rick Evans (Bradenton) 2,192.
To view the complete final, unofficial results in each of the tournament events, click here.
Ronnie Hayes wins his second King of Gulf Gate sweeper
Ronnie Hayes joined John Thompson as a two-time winner in the ongoing series of King Of Gulf Gate scratch sweepers by virtue of taking the title in last Tuesday’s (Nov. 17) event at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes.
Hayes won the fourth sweeper of the 10-week series when he defeated Mike Thompson 207-159 in the title showdown. The winner opened with three straight strikes while Thompson was going strike, open and spare, and the match never got closer after that.
Hayes and John Thompson have dominated the first four King of Gulf Gate events, with Thompson winning the first and third, while Hayes prevailed in the second and fourth.
In the three-game qualifying session, Hayes had a 645 pinfall on scores of 181, 248 and 216, while Mike Thompson had a 618 series and Jason Ferrill followed with 598, with all three making the cut to the match-play segment.
In the first rolloff game, Mike Thompson rolled 237, while Hayes had 217 and Ferrill 151, setting the stage for the Hayes-Thompson finale.
The King Of Gulf Gate series will continue over the next six Tuesdays, with the fifth one scheduled for Nov. 24. Entry fee each week is $20, and sign-up and registration begin at 6:15 p.m., with practice starting at 6:50 p.m. Bowlers compete in three qualifying games on a modified house pattern, after which there is a 1-in-5 cut to head-to-head match play.
The series will end with a Week 11 finale, during which the King Of Gulf Gate will be crowned. And importantly, to qualify for the Week 11 showdown, a player must have rolled in at least six of the weekly events, and there are only six tournaments remaining. From each entry fee, there is $2 set aside to be added to the Week 11 payoff, and it is estimated that there will be $400 to $500 in added money on the final week. Brackets are available, and for more information, call Gary Gooch at 921-4447.
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