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Prove It Challenge series resumes at Gulf Gate Sunday; West Zone winners listed

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If results of recent Prove It Challenge tournaments are any indication, Donny Bartlett and John Thompson, both of Sarasota. are likely the bowlers to beat.

The scratch tournament series resumes at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes on Sunday (July 27), and either Bartlett or Thompson have prevailed in the previous five events.

Thompson is the defending champion, having defeated Bartlett in the title match of the June tournament. Thompson also won in March, while Bartlett took the title in February, April and May.

Naturally, the duo dominates 2014 tournament earnings, with Bartlett at $1,740, Thompson at $1,310 and third-place Joe Heinke of Tampa at $730.

Entry fee into Sunday's competition is $55, and brackets ($5) and Nassaus ($10) will be available. Check-in will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., with practice starting at 1:15 p.m.

After a five-game qualifying round, there will be a 1-in-4 cut to match play, and tournament director Chuck Souzer plans to utilize a 50-foot Don Carter PBA lane-conditioning pattern. For more information, you may visit the Prove It Web site by clicking here.

Czarnecki, Butler and Wagler capture Florida West Zone tourney titles

Frank Czarnecki of St. Petersburg won singles, and a trio of Sarasota bowlers -- Larry Butler, Leroy Wagler and Bruce Combs -- pulled off a "trifecta" in doubles during the recent (July 12-13) Florida West Zone Tournament at Sarasota Lanes.

Czarnecki posted a three-game handicap score of 784 for the singles championship, while Teresa Larabee of St. Petersburg was runner-up at 766. Rounding out the top five were Bonnie Petrik of St. Petersburg (751), Larry Butler of Sarasota (748) and Kenny Combs of Sarasota (743).

Other singles cashers included: Bill Lippman of Sarasota (738), Wagler (731), Nancy See of St. Petersburg (730), Bruce Combs (723), Danny Shaffer of Sarasota (708), Rick Evans of Bradenton (706), Joseph Manarite of Tampa (702), Alberta Robeck of Sarasota (698) and Cee Butler of Sarasota (696).

In doubles competition, Butler, Wagler and Combs paired up to finish 1-2-3. Butler and Wagler claimed the title with a score of 1,479, Butler and Combs finished second at 1,471, and Combs and Wagler were third at 1,454.

Czarnecki teamed with Derek Francisco for the No. 4 position with 1,451, while Larry and Cee Butler rounded out the top five with a score of 1,430. Other doubles cashers were: Larry Butler and Kenny Combs (1,423), Greg Clement and Czarnecki (1,422), and Teresa Larabee and Candi Walker of St. Petersburg (1,417).

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