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Prove It Challenge and Century Doubles set Sunday; state tournaments resume

Local and state tournaments resume after Mother's Day weekend.
Local and state tournaments resume after Mother's Day weekend.

After a break for Mother's Day weekend, area and state tournament activity resumes this weekend, including Sunday events at AMF Venice and AMF Gulf Gate.

This month's Prove It Challenge tournament is scheduled for AMF Venice on Sunday (May 18), the same day as the final Bobby Combs Century Doubles of the 2013-14 season takes place at AMF Gulf Gate.

Also swinging back into action this weekend are two statewide tourneys: the Florida State Bowling Association championships in Orlando, and the Florida State Women's Bowling Association competition in Fort Myers.

Prove It Challenge series resumes

Prove It Challenge tournament director Chuck Souzer has moved the site of Sunday's event to AMF Venice to avoid a conflict with the Century Doubles being staged at the regular AMF Gulf Gate venue.

Check-in will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., practice will begin at 1:15 p.m., entry fee is $55, and optional brackets and Nassaus will be available at $5 and $10, respectively. Souzer will be utilizing a 41-foot Scorpion lane-conditioning pattern.

Based on 30 entries, first place will pay $500, and Donny Bartlett -- who became the first two-time Prove It winner last month -- is defending champion.

For complete information on the Prove It Challenges -- including rules, past winners and lane graphs -- you can visit the Web site by clicking here.

Bobby Combs Century Doubles slated at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes

Doubles teams consisting of partners with combined ages of at least 100 are eligible to compete in Sunday's Bobby Combs Century Doubles tourney at AMF Gulf Gate, and starting time is 2 p.m.

Entry fee is $30 per doubles team, and the fee breakdown consists of $12 for lineage, $14 for the prize fund and $4 earmarked for the Sarasota-Manatee Youth Scholarship Fund.

The format calls for three games on a handicap (90 percent of 220) basis, and in addition to the regular prize list, an additional $5 entry fee per bowler can be applied to an optional Alibi Doubles, in which bowlers use scores rolled by other (non-partner) tournament competitors for qualifying on a separate prize list.

Walk-in entries will be accepted, pending lane availability, and defending champions are Carlton Flonnoy and Gina Quiroz, who won the most-recent Century Doubles on March 16 at Treasure Lanes in Port Charlotte.

For additional information, you may contact tournament director Sandy Combs at (941) 932-7594, or to view or download an official tournament entry blank, which contains complete rules and information, click here.

The final frame: Kenny Barr

Though he hadn't bowled competitively for many years, some members of the area bowling community will remember Kenny Barr of Sarasota, who died recently at the age of 73.

He wasn't particularly a high-average bowler, but he did carry averages as high as 175 at Sarasota Lanes in a much-lower-scoring era, and he bowled for both fun and competition at the same time. During the 1967-68 season, he was captain of his college bowling team at the University of South Florida.

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