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80th annual FSBA tournament slated in Orlando; women's state set for Fort Myers

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The Florida State Bowling Association's 80th annual championship tournament will be conducted at Boardwalk Entertainment Center in Orlando on ten weekends, beginning on April 12-13 and ending June 28-29.

After two weekends of action (April 12-13 and April 19-20), there will be two "idle" weekends (April 26-27 and May 3-4) before the event resumes on May 10-11 at the 80-lane center. It will be the first time in tournament history in which competition will be at only one house. The two-weekend break is due to the USBC Convention and the Special Olympics, an event that completely fills the bowling venue.

Entry fee has been set at $25 per person per event, with an optional all-events fee of $5. In addition, optional scratch competition is available at $10 per event, plus $5 all-events, but those competing for scratch prizes must also enter the handicap (90 percent of 240) events.

On each of the tournament dates, five-player team squads will be at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and singles and doubles action will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m..

Entrants may bowl only once in doubles and singles, but multiple participation is permitted in team event, provided that no more than three members of a team bowl together on a subsequent squad.

All entries must be submitted to the tournament director no later than March 31, and all pertinent information and rules can be found on the official entry blanks, available at most Florida bowling centers. In addition, you may view or download an entry blank by clicking here.

Women's state tournament to be conducted in Fort Myers

The Florida State USBC Women's Bowling Association will conduct its state championship tournament in Fort Myers, beginning on the weekend of May 3-4, and after taking May 10-11 off because of Mother's Day, action will continue for four subsequent weekends, ending June 7-8.

The four-player team competition will take place at Bowland Cape Coral Lanes, and the singles and doubles events will be held at Pin Street at Fort Myers.

All tournament entrants must be a current member of a local USBC association and the Florida women's association, or they must have or purchase a current USBC unattached membership card.

Entry fee is $25 per woman per event, plus optional scratch and handicap (100 percent of 220) all-events available at $5 each. In addition, participants can enter optional scratch competition in team, singles and doubles for an additional $5 per event.

Entries received no later than Saturday (Feb. 1) will pay regular fees, but after that (until March 1), an additional $20 late fee will be assessed.

Competition will be in one division, and squads will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on each tournament date, with bowlers able to enter either team or singles-doubles on any of the squads.

Complete rules and information can be found on the official entry blank, and to view or download one, click here.

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