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Next Prove It tourney at AMF Gulf Gate on Jan. 26; high-score report is limited

The next Prove It Challenge will feature a new venue (AMF Gulf Gate) on Jan. 26.
The next Prove It Challenge will feature a new venue (AMF Gulf Gate) on Jan. 26.

When the Prove It Scratch Challenge tournament series resumes, the competition will include an additional qualifying game and a new bowling center venue.

Tournament director Chuck Souzer has announced that after conducting eight 2013 events at Sarasota Lanes, the next one will be at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes on Sunday, Jan. 26, and the qualifying round will be extended from four to five games.

"Upon request from some of the bowlers who support the tournament, I am switching to five games of qualifying," Souzer said. "The remainder of the format will remain the same, although the entry fee will now be $55."

Bowlers' starting lane assignments for the five-games-across-10-lanes qualifying will be drawn at the time of check-in, which will begin at 11:45 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.

The prize fund will be based upon the number of entries, with first place paying $500, based on 30 participants, and cash ratio will be 1-in-4. In addition, optional brackets will be available at $5 per entry, and optional high-game jackpots will cost $10.

After the qualifying round, 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.

Jesse Hawver of Sarasota is the defending champion after outlasting the field in the November tournament, and there has yet to be a two-time titlist, with other winners being Daniel Gassera of Port Charlotte (October), Saul Insignares of Sarasota (September), James McCleland of Venice (August), David Shedrow of Parrish (July), Jon Rakoski of Estero (June), Aaron Albritton of Sarasota (May) and Dennis Beagle of Fort Myers (April).

Complete information, rules and other pertinent data can be found on the Prove It Challenge Web site, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Weekly league high-score report

This week's list of high-score accomplishments is far shorter than usual, due to many leagues taking some time off during the holiday season.

Three far-over-average performances were reported from Sarasota Lanes: Sam Steiner, with a 183-over 706 series that included a 268 game in the Yoder's Restaurant League; Will Turner, with a 182-over 725 series topped by a 275 game in the La Malinche Restaurant League; and Danny Shaffer, with a 162-over 747 series that included a 275 game, also in the La Malinche League.

Some other top individual scores from area bowling establishments:

  • SARASOTA LANES: David Shedrow 279-760, Kevin Craycraft 278-715, Phil Rockey 278, Manuel Fontanot 268, Terry Deshaies 266, Aaron Albritton 725.
  • TREASURE LANES: Jeffery Reed 269, Gordon Staley 266; Deb Lugiewicz 258-603, Jennifer Peacock 254-639, Renae Gross 247-649, Dolores Meyers 237-685, Pam Ladoman 226, Ona Wood 609.
  • AMF BRADENTON LANES: Ken Holmes 278, Verlin Jones 265, Rod Axberg 717.
  • BOWLAND PORT CHARLOTTE: Tony Wisenbarger 269; Mickeal Paige 228-630.
  • AMF VENICE LANES: Bob Powers 267.
  • ENGLEWOOD BOWL: Dan Snode 279.

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