John Thompson continued his dominance in the ongoing series of King Of Gulf Gate scratch sweepers, winning his third title in five attempts in last Tuesday’s (Nov. 24) event at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes.
At the halfway point of the 10-week schedule, there have been only two individual champions, with Thompson prevailing in the first, third and fifth sweepers and Ronnie Hayes victorious in the second and fourth.
Thompson won the title match 225-190 over Jesse Hawver. The champion had a clean game that featured a double and four-bagger, while Hawver hurt himself with open frames in the fourth and sixth.
Hawver had the top three-game qualifying score with 763 on games of 239, 269 and 255, while Scott Kaplan (664) and Thompson (647) also made the cut to match play. In a three-way match, Hawver rolled 226, with Thompson and Kaplan scoring 147 and 132, respectively, advancing Hawver and Thompson to the title showdown.
The King Of Gulf Gate series will continue over the next five Tuesdays, with the sixth one scheduled for Dec. 1. Entry fee per week is $20, and sign-up and registration begin at 6:15 p.m., with practice starting at 6:50 p.m. Bowlers vie 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 conclude with a Week 11 finale, and in order to qualify for the final-week showdown, a player must have rolled in at least six of the weekly events. 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 around $500 in added money on the final week. Brackets are available, and for more information, call Gary Gooch at 921-4447.
Best-3-of-4 scholarship tournament at AMF Gulf Gate on Sunday (Dec. 6)
The annual Sarasota-Manatee Scholarship Best-3-of-4 Tournament will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Dec. 6) at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes.
The event is open only to sanctioned youth or adult members of the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association, and each entrant will bowl four games, with only the top three handicap (100 percent of 200) scores counting for prize-list placement.
Youth and adult bowlers will compete in separate divisions, with adults going for cash prizes and youths seeking scholarship funds. Entry fee for both divisions is $20 per bowler.
There will be no subdivisions for adults, but youths will compete in three average categories: 160-over, 125-159 and 124-under, with boys and girls placed in the same average divisions. Proceeds will benefit the Sarasota-Manatee Scholarship Fund.
Complete information and rules can be found on the official entry blanks, and to view or download an entry blank, click here.
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