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Century Doubles and Prove It Challenge tournaments both scheduled Sunday, May 18

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Two popular area tournaments -- the Bobby Combs Century Doubles and the Prove It Challenge -- will be contested at separate area venues on Sunday afternoon, May 18.

The unique Century Doubles format requires that combined ages of doubles partners must total at least 100 as of the time of competition, and the event is open to all current and certified members of the United States Bowling Congress. There will be only one squad, beginning at 2 p.m.

Entry fee will be $30 per doubles team, and the fee breakdown consists of $12 for lineage, $14 for the prize fund and $4 earmarked for the Sarasota-Manatee Youth Scholarship Fund.

The format calls for three games on a handicap (90 percent of 220) basis, and in addition to the regular prize list, an additional $5 entry fee per bowler can be applied to an optional Alibi Doubles, in which bowlers use scores rolled by other (non-partner) tournament competitors for qualifying on a separate prize list.

Advance entries are recommended, but walk-ins will be accepted, pending lane availability.

Carlton Flonnoy and Gina Quiroz are defending champions, having won the most-recent Century Doubles on March 16 at Treasure Lanes in Port Charlotte.

For additional information, you may contact tournament director Sandy Combs at (941) 932-7594, or to view or download an official tournament entry blank, which contains complete rules and information, click here.

Prove It Challenge tournament venue moves to AMF Venice

The next in the series of Prove It Challenge scratch tournaments will take place on Sunday, May 18, at a different venue, AMF Venice Lanes.

Tournament director Chuck Souzer conducted all of his 2013 events at Sarasota Lanes and the four 2014 tourneys at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes, but this month's move to Venice was made because of the Bobby Combs Century Doubles at Gulf Gate on the same afternoon.

Check-in will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., practice will begin at 1:15 p.m., entry fee is $55, and optional brackets and Nassaus will be available at $5 and $10, respectively. As for lane conditions, Souzer will be utilizing a 41-foot Scorpion pattern.

The April tournament finally yielded its first two-time winner when Donny Bartlett of Sarasota duplicated his February victory by defeating John Thompson of Sarasota, who was defending champion after his March win.

Based on 30 entries, first place will pay $500, and Bartlett is the top 2014 earner with $1,080, followed by Thompson at $800 and Joe Heinke of Tampa with $730.

For complete information on the Prove It Challenges -- including rules, past winners and lane graphs -- you can visit the Web site by clicking here.

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