When tournament director Chuck Souzer unveiled the Prove It Challenge scratch tournament series nearly four months ago, the original promotional flyer offered the following challenge: "The good area bowlers now have a chance to prove it."
That call to take part in Prove It Challenges still holds true, and the fifth in the series will be contested at Sarasota Lanes, beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday (Aug. 25). As is the usual case, bowlers' starting lanes will be drawn at the time of check-in, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 1:15 p.m.
Over the first four events, some of the top area bowlers have "stepped up to the plate" to test their abilities, and another fine turnout is expected this time around.
The tournament entry fee is $50, and the prize fund will be based upon the number of entries, with the first-place payout being $500, based on 40 entries, 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 $8.
There will be four games of qualifying across eight lanes, and 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.
"The tournament has exceeded my initial expectations," Souzer said Monday. "Local and out-of-town bowlers have come out to support the tournament, and naturally, I am very grateful for their support. I can only hope that the bowlers learn and grow from the tournament's challenging conditions."
David Shedrow of Parrish is the defending champion after outlasting the field in July's tournament. There has yet to be a two-time champion, with Jon Rakoski of Estero winning in June, Aaron Albritton of Sarasota prevailing in May and Dennis Beagle of Fort Myers emerging victorious in April.
You can review Examiner.com reports on the previous Prove It Challenges. For the April tourney, click here. For the May event, click here. For the June competition, click here. And for the July article, click here.
Area youths fared well in Florida USBC youth state tourney
Three area youths were multiple winners in the 48th annual Florida State USBC Youth state tournament, held recently at AMF Lakeland and Cypress Lanes in Winter Haven.
Mandilee Morange of Bradenton was a two-time champion, with wins in Division 8 girls singles (score of 724) and Division 8 girls scratch all-events (1,759). In addition, she was runner-up in Division 8 girls handicap all-events (2,146).
Adara Dierdorf of Bradenton captured the No. 3 position in Division 11 girls singles (757), and she tied for 10th in Division 11 girls handicap all-events (2,095). And Shawn Reeves of Sarasota placed in two Division 2 boys events: second in singles (730) and fifth in scratch all-events (1,786).
To review the complete list of all competitors' scores in the state youth tournament, click here.
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