The seventh in a series of Prove It Challenge scratch tournaments will take place at Sarasota Lanes, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 27).
Bowlers' starting lane assignments for the four-game qualifying session 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 six Prove It Challenges, some of the top area bowlers have "stepped up to the plate" to test their abilities, and tournament director Chuck Souzer is anticipating another fine turnout this time around.
The entry fee is $50, and the prize fund will be based upon the number of entries, with first place paying $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.
The four qualifying games will be contested 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.
Saul Insignares of Sarasota is the defending champion after outlasting the field in the September tournament, and as yet, there hasn't been a two-time champion, with other winners being 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).
"This month's lane dressing will be contested on a 37-foot pattern (Kegel Kode Challenge Series 4137)," Souzer said. "It's the same pattern that I utilized in the second tournament."
To practice on the Prove It Challenge pattern, Sarasota Lanes offers a two-hour non-scoring session on Wednesday nights at a cost of $5.
Men's Bowling Hall of Fame to host golf tournament Sunday
The seventh annual Al Cerully Memorial Golf Tournament, conducted by the Sarasota-Manatee Men's Bowling Hall of Fame, will be held on Sunday (Oct. 27) at The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota.
Featuring a four-player scramble format, the event will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start, and with the preliminary closing date having passed, the entry fee, which includes lunch and prizes, will be $65 a person.
The field is limited to 32 teams, hole sponsors are available at $25 each, and the "rain date" has been set for the following Sunday (Nov. 3).
For additional information, contact tournament chairmen Fred Shaffer at 951-6212 or Hitch Baier at 727-2894.
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