Jason Mahr of Spring Hill breezed past four consecutive stepladder finals opponents to capture the $670 top prize in Sunday’s Prove It Scratch Challenge tournament at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes in Sarasota.
After finishing fourth in the five-game qualifying round on the 41-foot PBA Scorpion lane-conditioning pattern, Mahr had little trouble in dispatching each of his final-five foes.
The champion defeated, in order, Shaun Goucher of St. Petersburg 233-190, Jeff Roberson of Tampa 200-137, Asa Peck of Bradenton 215-167 and top-seeded Dennis Beagle of Fort Myers 213-167.
In the title showdown, Mahr opened in the first frame before stringing four consecutive strikes, while Beagle had a second-frame open before a third-frame spare and a subsequent turkey. But when Beagle suffered open frames in the seventh and ninth, it opened the door for Mahr.
“Earlier in the week, I had a much-needed practice session to work out a couple bad habits that I had developed,” Mahr said, after winning the title. “A friend of mine helped me to get around the side of the ball a little more, and that was very beneficial to get the ball down the lane properly on this pattern once the lanes burnt up, especially in the stepladder finals.”
Beagle was easily the top qualifier in the 36-player field, rolling a five-game score on games of 255, 186, 228, 214 and 234, while Peck (1,058) and Roberson (1,004) were the only others who averaged more than 200.
Mahr was fourth with 992, while Goucher won a ninth- and tenth-frame rolloff 49-17 over Steve Kenyon of Dade City after they had identical qualifying totals of 972. Also cashing were James Fleming of Naples 961), Mike Aleshire of Port Charlotte (960) and Taylor Bulthuis of Coral Springs (957)..
Next tournament will feature format changes, on Sept. 20 at AMF Venice
Prove It tournament director Chuck Souzer has announced that the next event will be a Special Edition Challenge, featuring a number of format changes.
The next Prove It competition, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, at AMF Venice Lanes, will have an entry fee of $75 and a top prize of $720, based on 30 entries. Starting lane assignments will be made during check-in and registration, which will begin at 9:15 a.m., and practice will start at 10:30 a.m. No bowler who has won a PBA National championship in the past five years will be allowed to enter.
After the five-game qualifying round, the top six players will advance to match play, a five-game round-robin in which each of the finalists will roll one game against each of the other five. Qualifying scores and match-play scores (including 30 “bonus pins” for each match-play win) will determine final order of finish.
For additional Prove It Challenge information, you may visit the tournament Web site by clicking here.
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