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It's time to consider summer league competition; Prove It Challenge set Sunday

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Most fall-winter leagues in the Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte County area are winding down, or already completed, so it's time to begin thinking about summer league competition.

Each area bowling center is in the process of forming and organizing their summer leagues, which provide a good opportunity to have fun for friends and teammates during the so-called dog days of summer.

Bowlers of all ages and skill levels can utilize summer leagues to learn or expand techniques or to try different things -- including balls (and other equipment) -- along with possible changes in approach, delivery and hand position.

Each area center has a number of summer league openings, and each has a Web site that provides information regarding league availability. To visit any of those Web sites, click on the center's name, and the phone numbers of the respective establishments are provided for your convenience.

Prove It Challenge tournament set at AMF Gulf Gate on Sunday

Another in the series of Prove It Scratch Challenges will be conducted on Sunday (April 27) at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes, and tournament director Chuck Souzer will utilize the 39-foot PBA Chameleon lane condition pattern.

Entry fee is $55, and check-in will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., with practice starting at 1:15 p.m. To view complete information about the Prove It Challenges -- including rules, lane-condition pattern and past results -- you may view the tournament Web site by clicking here.

The final frame: Everett Hayden

Everett Hayden of Sarasota, a longtime area bowler and local association officer, died recently at the age of 77.

Because of increasing physical difficulties, he hadn't been an active league bowler since 2011, but he carried averages as high as 197 during the 2007-08 season. He first joined the Monday men's league at Sarasota Lanes, then called the Hawkins Funeral Home League, in the 1966-67 season, and he bowled in that time slot for more than four decades.

His on-the-lane achievements included association senior doubles championships with Danny Williams in both 2000 and 2005, and he was a Sarasota-Manatee Men's Bowling Hall of Fame inductee in 2007.

As a servant of the game, Hayden was the last president of the Sarasota-Manatee County Bowling Association prior to the 2007 post-USBC merger of men, women and youth into a single association, and he was a key figure in helping make the merge transition a smooth one.

Needless to say, he'll be missed by many members of the area bowling community.

[You may subscribe to Bill Herald's Examiner.com bowling articles -- free of charge -- by clicking on "subscribe" near the top of the column, after which you will receive e-mail notification each time a new item is published.]

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