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Laughlin Cup bowling tournament to be held in June

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The dates for the Barry Gurney Memorial Laughlin Cup bowling tournament have been decided, it was disclosed Friday.

Dustin Markowitz, whose rapidly expanding Bowling Evolved website will serve as the tournament sponsor, said that the tournament will run from June 27-29 and will be held at Riverside Lanes in Laughlin, Nev.

A pro-am that will include celebrities will be held on the first day of the tournament, Markowitz said.

This will be the second year for the Laughlin Cup. It was launched last February under a scratch format and had 43 entries. Amateur Jonathan Ferrell of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the tournament title last year with a surprise 217-179 victory over formidable David Haynes of Las Vegas in the championship match.

For this year’s event, the tournament name was changed to honor Gurney, who died in July at age 71 after a battle with cancer. Gurney, who lived in West Hills, was one of the preeminent bowlers to come out of the San Fernando Valley.

Gurney was a four-time Professional Bowlers Assn. PBA50 Tour champion who joined the PBA Senior Tour in 1991.

Markowitz and Bowling Evolved co-host Eric Forkel were close friends of Gurney, who was the first well-known commitment to the inaugural Laughlin Cup.

Gurney advanced past the qualifying round and won two matches en route to placing third in the event, which also was held at Riverside Lanes.

Markowitz is hopeful that the second annual tournament will produce considerably more entrants than the inaugural Laughlin Cup. “I’d love to see 100 entrants come in,” he said.

Markowitz said he and Forkel will compete in the tournament as Shelly Forkel, Eric’s wife, works as the tournament director.

A portion of the money raised for the tournament, Markowitz said, will go to charity.

Updates of the Barry Gurney Memorial Laughlin Cup can be found at facebook.com/bowlingevolved.

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