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Larry and Cee Butler handily outdistance the field in Century Doubles tourney

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Larry and Cee Butler were runaway winners in another of a series of Bobby Combs Century Doubles tournaments, held Sunday (Dec. 8) at Sarasota Lanes.

The husband-wife duo claimed the first-place prize of $150 with the top net score of 1,478, as compared to the 1,406 pinfall posted by the runner-up team of Carlton Flonnoy and Gina Quiroz.

Larry fired a three-game scratch series of 616 (721 handicap) topped by a 226 game, while Cee rolled a 579 scratch set (757 handicap).

In finishing second, Flonnoy had a net pinfall of 657, while Quiroz had a 749 handicap total after rolling the highest game (221) and series (598) among female entrants in the tournament.

Karen and Fred Shaffer claimed the No. 3 position with a score of 1,404, while Peggy Parker and Marlene Fisher (1,403) and Clyde Stary and John Hoppe (1,354) rounded out the top five.

Completing the list of cashing teams were: Saul Insignares and Chuck Souzer (1,351), Gabriella Barone and Harold Banks (1,350), and Phillip Williams and Manuel Fontanot (1,337).

Larry Butler, Fred Shaffer win optional Alibi Doubles event

Larry Butler emerged as a two-time winner, when he paired with Fred Shaffer for the top score of 1,451 in the optional Alibi Doubles competition. The winning total combined Butler's 721 handicap score, along with Shaffer's 730.

Shaffer posted a one-two finish in the Alibi event, when he and Williams combined for a score of 1,393. Rounding out the list of cashers were: Larry Butler and Flonnoy (1,378), Hoppe and Mary Stary (1,372), Jessie Pipher and Parker (1,365), Cee Butler and Ed Yager (1,363), Bob Pazur and Hoppe (1,348), and Alicia Freuhwald and Karen Shaffer (1,338).

The tournament's high scratch game and series were rolled by Hoppe, with respective scores of 267 and 698. Aaron Albritton had the second-high game with a 247, while other top series were posted by Insignares (641) and Souzer (638).

Two more Century Doubles events -- in which the combined ages of the partners much total 100 or more as of the time of bowling -- are scheduled this season: at Treasure Lanes in Port Charlotte on March 16, and at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes on May 18.

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