A wide variety of tournaments — men, women, youth, seniors, singles, doubles, scratch and handicap — are on tap in the near future at bowling centers in the Sarasota-Manatee County area, and atombash.com offers capsule summaries of such events.
SMCBA Senior Open Tournament: Nov. 14-15 at AMF Bradenton
The Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association will conduct its 24th annual Senior Open Championships on 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 on a 90 percent of 240 basis, and there is no entry closing date. Entries and re-entries will be accepted until one hour prior to the last scheduled squad, and squad times 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 category, while singles and doubles will be contested in two age divisions: A (50-64) and B (65-up). Doubles entrants do not have to be in the same division, and if that’s the case, such partners will be placed in Division A.
Re-entries are permitted, but no more than two bowlers may participate more than once together in the team event. Singles entrants may cash only once, and bowlers may cash only once with the same partner in doubles. To view or download an official tournament entry blank, click here.
Bobby Combs Century Doubles: Dec. 20 at Sarasota Lanes
The second Bobby Combs Century Doubles tournament of the 2015-16 season will be conducted at Sarasota Lanes on Sunday, Dec. 20. Check-in and registration will begin at 1 p.m., bowling for score will get under way at 2 p.m., and the entry fee is $30 per doubles team, The tournament offers a unique format, with all doubles partners required to have combined ages that total 100 or more as of the time of bowling. Each team will roll three handicap (90 percent of 220) games.
The entry fee breakdown consists of $15 for lineage, $12.50 earmarked for the prize fund and $2.50 designated for the Sarasota-Manatee Youth Scholarship Fund. All entrants must be current members of the United States Bowling Association, and all USBC rules will apply, although the 10-pin rule will be waived regarding entering averages. An optional Alibi Doubles — at a cost of $10, or $5 per bowler — gives each entrant the opportunity to combine their own scores with scores bowled by other entrants.
Pre-entries are suggested, but walk-ins will be accepted, provided that such entrants register at least 45 minutes prior to the 2 p.m. start. To view or download an official entry blank, click here.
Scholarship Best 3 of 4 Tournament: Dec. 6 at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes
A Best-3-of-4 scholarship tournament will be conducted at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes, starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. The event is open to youth and adult members of the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association at a cost of $20 per bowler, and the format calls for four handicap (100 percent of 200) games, with only the top three scores counting for placement in the final standings.
Adults will compete in one division for cash prizes, and youths will compete for scholarship money in three average divisions: 160-over, 125-159 and 124-under. Proceeds will benefit the Sarasota-Manatee Youth Scholarship fund, and prizes will be awarded on a 1-in-6 ratio. To view or download an official tournament entry blank, click here.
King Of Gulf Gate scratch sweepers: Beginning Tuesday (Oct. 27) at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes
A 10-week series of King Of Gulf Gate scratch sweepers will be held over 10 consecutive Tuesdays, starting tomorrow evening (Oct. 27). Entry fee for each sweeper is $20, and sign-up and registration will 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 end with a Week 11 finale, during which a King Of Gulf Gate will be crowned. To qualify for the Week 11 conclusion, a player 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 will be available, and for additional information, you may call Gary Gooch at 921-4447.
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