Top-seeded Saul Insignares defeated Glenn Jessup by a score of 210-186 to win the final-five stepladder rolloff in Sunday's (Feb. 17) scratch singles portion of the annual 700-Plus Tournament at AMF Bradenton Lanes.
Insignares and Jessup had earned the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds with respective three-game qualifying scores of 698 and 692 in the competition, open to all members of the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association who have rolled a certified series of 700 or better.
The final-five rolloff began with Robert Fletcher winning two matches, over Charles Fletcher (208-194) and Mike Aleshire (221-209). Jessup then eliminated Robert Fletcher by a score of 248-149 to advance to the title match.
In handicap singles, open to SMCBA members who haven't rolled a 700+ series over the past four seasons, Manuel Fontanot emerged victorious with a 763 score, while Dennis Driggers was second at 759. Rounding out the top five were Farrel Hansen (754), Jean Clearwater (731) and Janice Muri (695).
Handicap doubles competition -- open to teams consisting of one SMCBA member who has rolled a 700+ series and another who hasn't -- was won by Nick Dull and Farrel Hansen with a score of 1,502.
The runner-up doubles team consisted of Fontanot and Insignares, who posted a 1,496 score, while Mike Clark and Charles Roseman were third at 1,477. Rounding out the top five were Hitch Baier and Trish Baier (1,454) and Leighton Bryant and Jessup (1,438).
VerVane and Thristino capture title in Valentine Doubles tournament
Ed VerVane and Ana Thristino captured top honors, along with the first-place prize of $250, in the recent Bill Wenzel Valentine Doubles tournament at AMF Bradenton.
VerVane, entering with a 190 average, rolled games of 209, 243 and 215 for a 667 scratch series that, coupled with 81 handicap pins, gave him a net pinfall of 748, while Thristino, entering at 115, rolled a 422 scratch set and a net score of 705.
That provided the winning duo with a total score of 1,453, a 69-pin margin over the runner-up team of Harold Graber and Linda Shedrow, who finished with 1,384 and a check for $180.
John Thompson and Beth-Owen Cipielewski finished third with 1,383, and Mark Donushi and Dawn Smith were fourth at 1,366. Other cashers included: Mike Cismesia and Betty Ricci (1,346), Gary Cismesia and Peggy Cismesia (1,345) and Paul Farmer and Gina Farmer (1,344).
The tournament, conducted by the Sarasota-Manatee Men's Bowling Hall of Fame, drew a total of 47 doubles teams.
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