John Thompson has the early edge in a bid for the overall title in the King Of Gulf Gate series of scratch sweepers being conducted at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes.
After winning the third of the 10-week series on Tuesday (Nov. 10) with a 200-196 triumph over Jason Ferrill, Thompson now has two championships and a runner-up finish. Thompson won the first event on Oct. 27, when he defeated Jesse Hawver 267-221 in the title showdown, and on Nov. 3, he lost the finale 220-172 to Ronnie Hayes.
In this week’s sweeper, Mike Clark was top qualifier with a three-game 634 total, and also making the cut were Ferrill (624) and Thompson (612). And although he didn’t cash, Steve Rocha was the only other entrant to average better than 200 when he posted a 601 series.
In the subsequent game, featuring the cut to three players, Ferrill and Thompson advanced to the finale with repesctive games of 245 and 231, while Clark rolled 227.
The King Of Gulf Gate series will continue over the next seven Tuesdays, with the fourth one scheduled for Nov. 17. 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 will compete in three qualifying games on a modified house pattern, after which there will be a 1-in-5 cut, with the surviving bowlers rolling one game to determine the winner. The series will end with a Week 11 finale, during which the 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, and there are only seven 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.
SMCBA Senior Open tourney is this weekend (Nov. 14-15) at AMF Bradenton
Walk-ins will be accepted when the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association conducts its 24th annual Senior Open Championships over the weekend (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. Squad times on both Saturday and Sunday will be 1 and 4 p.m. To view or download an official tournament entry blank, click here.
The final frame: Dennis Gonthier
Dennis Gonthier of Port Charlotte, a consistent 200-plus-average bowler for a number of years in the Broad Street Bar & Grill Mixed League at Treasure Lanes, died last Saturday (Nov. 7) at the age of 57. He was a 14-year veteran of the police department in North Port, and he reportedly died of natural causes in the line of duty.
As a bowler, he carried yearbook averages of 206 in each of the past two seasons, and he established season averages of 205 in the two prior seasons. He had a pair of 299 games to his credit — in 2009 and 2011, both at Treasure Lanes — and he had another 11-in-a-row performance in 2008 at the same center. To read a report on his death, click here.
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