Saul Insignares became the sixth different champion in a like number of Prove It Scratch Challenge tournaments, when he easily outdistanced a 27-player field to win the top prize of $465 at Sarasota Lanes on Sunday (Sept. 29).
Following four games of qualifying and two rounds of match-play competition, Insagnares posted a winning six-game score of 1,351, including 30 "bonus pins" for each of his two match-play victories.
Runner-up Jesse Hawver was 113 pins back with a net pinfall of 1,238 to earn a $230 payday, while Carl Sawyer picked up a check for $120 for his third-place 1,229 score.
Rounding out the list of cashers was Paul Farmer ($105), past winner David Shedrow ($90) and John Hough ($70), while John Thompson earned $55 for being the high senior bowler to miss the match-play cut with his four-game qualifying total of 738.
Sawyer was the top qualifier with a 870 total, while Hawver (844), Insignares (833) and Hough (801) were the only other entrants to average better than 200. Shedrow and Farmer had respective scores of 795 and 791 to also make the match-play cut.
In the first round of match play, Farmer defeated Sawyer 201-168, Hawver edged Shedrow 202-200, and Insagnares bested Hough 256-185. Then, in the three-player final round, Insignares rolled 202, while Sawyer shot 191 and Hawver 162.
Defending champion James McCleland finished just two pins short of making the cut with a score of 789. Other previous Prove It Challenge winners were Shedrow (July), Jon Rakoski (June), Aaron Albritton (May) and Dennis Beagle (April).
Next Prove It Challenge scheduled for Oct. 27
The seventh in the series of Prove It Challenges has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the usual Sarasota Lanes venue.
As with previous tournaments, the check-in, registration and draw for starting lane assignments will run from noon to 1:15 p.m., with practice at 1:30, followed by the actual competition.
Entry fee will be $50, and the prize fund will be based upon number of entries, with the first-place payout being $500, based on 40 participants. Optional brackets will be available at $5 per entry, and optional high-game jackpots will cost $8. And again, if there are at least 25 entries and at least five seniors (ages 50-up) participating, the high senior out of the money will share in a portion of the prize money.
The Challenge format calls for four games of qualifying across eight lanes, and the first cut will be 1-in-4, with all advancing bowlers guaranteed to cash. Those who make the cut will enter the match-play segment, with qualifying pinfall carried over. Thirty bonus pins will be added to the net score of each match-play winner, and the field will be cut in half after each match-play round until a champion is determined.
For additional information, you may call tournament director Chuck Souzer at (941) 320-4584, or you may visit the Prove It Challenge Web site by clicking here.
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