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Bartlett looms as bowler to beat as Prove It tournaments resume at AMF Gulf Gate

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You couldn't blame Donny Bartlett if he's looking forward to Sunday's (June 22) Prove It Challenge scratch tournament at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes.

After winning the May tournament at AMF Venice, the 26-year-old righthander will be seeking his third consecutive Prove It championship and four wins in five such events. [To read a full Examiner.com recap of that tournament, click here.]

After tournament director Chuck Souzer unveiled his series of Prove It Challenges in the spring of 2013, there were different champions in each of the first dozen tournaments, until Bartlett began his victory streak.

The monthly tournaments have proven successful, and the concept remains the same as Souzer's original April 2013 promotional flyer, which touted the event with the words: "The good area bowlers now have a chance to prove it!"

Bowlers' starting lane assignments will be drawn at check-in, which will run from 11:45 to 1 p.m., with practice to follow at 1:15 p.m. Entry fee is $55, and the prize fund will be based on number of entries, with first-place paying $500 if at least 27 bowlers participate.

There will be five games of qualifying across 10 lanes, and the first cut will be on a 1-in-4 ratio, with all advancing bowlers guaranteed to cash. In addition, optional brackets will be available at $5 per entry, and optional high-game jackpots will cost $10.

Those who make the cut will enter match play, with qualifying pins carried over. Thirty bonus pins will be added to the pinfall of each match-play victor, and the field will be cut in half after each match-play round until a winner is determined.

Needless to say, Bartlett is the top 2014 Prove It Challenge earnings leader. He has accumulated $1,400 in winnings so far this year, as compared to $800 for runner-up John Thompson of Sarasota and $730 for third-place Joe Heinke of Tampa.

Souzer intends to utilize a 37-foot PBA Viper lane-conditioning pattern for this month's competition, and the actual graph is posted on the Prove It Web site, which also includes complete information including rules, past winners and a video of the championship match of last month's tournament.

To obtain more Prove It Challenge information, you may contact Souzer at (941) 320-4584, or to visit the Prove It Challenge Web site, click here.

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