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Prove It Challenge tourney set at Gulf Gate Sunday; SMCBA to host Men's Jamboree

AMF Gulf Gate Lanes will host another in the Prove It Challenge Series on Sunday.
AMF Gulf Gate Lanes will host another in the Prove It Challenge Series on Sunday.

Another in the series of Prove It Challenge scratch tournaments will take place at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes on Sunday (March 23), with check-in from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., and practice starting at 1:15 p.m.

Entry fee is $55, and optional brackets and Nassaus will be available at $5 and $10, respectively. Tournament director Chuck Souzer will be putting out a 46-foot Challenge oil pattern, and to view the graph, click on the tournament Web site (with link provided below).

In 11 Prove It Challenges, there has yet to be a two-time winner. Defending champion is Donny Bartlett of Sarasota, who won the February event, and the January competition was won by Joe Heinke of Tampa. Champions in each of the 2013 tournaments were Jesse Hawver of Sarasota (November), Daniel Gassera of Port Charlotte (October), Saul Insignares of Sarasota (September), James McCleland of Venice (August), David Shedrow of Parrish (July), Rakoski (June), Aaron Albritton of Sarasota (May) and Beagle (April).

To view all pertinent information about the Prove It Challenge series -- including rule, past results and earnings leaders you may visit the tournament Web site by clicking here.

Sarasota-Manatee to host Men's Jamboree

This year's Florida State Bowling Association's annual Men's Jamboree will be hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association on Oct. 10-12.

Activities will feature a golf tournament on Friday, Oct. 10, and there will be a bowling competition on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 11. There will be a meeting on Saturday afternoon and a banquet on Saturday night. Another meeting will wrap up the agenda on Sunday morning, Oct. 12.

The Jamboree meetings will be held at the Ramada Inn, which is the host hotel, and there are will also be rooms available at the Hilton Garden Inn. Information about making reservations at the Ramada Inn will be available soon.

SMCBA women's tournament scheduled this weekend

The Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association will conduct its annual Women's Open Championship Tournament tomorrow and Sunday (March 22-23) at Sarasota Lanes. Saturday squads in each of the events -- singles, doubles and team -- will be at noon and 4 p.m., and there will be a single squad, at 1 p.m., on Sunday.

The final frame: Harold Bische and Lee Cogar

Two longtime and avid area bowlers -- Harold Bische of Bradenton and Lee Cogar of Sarasota -- have died in recent days.

Bische, a Manatee County resident since moving to the area from Indianapolis, Ind., in 1955, died at the age of 90. Though he hasn't bowled in some time, he was a frequent league participant -- primarily at Cortez Lanes, Rip Van Winkle Lanes and Galaxy Bradenton -- and he carried averages as high as 189 in a much-lower-scoring era.

Cogar died on Tuesday (March 18) at the age of 79. A native of West Virginia, he was also an avid league player, as evidenced by the fact that in the 1988-89 season, he had yearbook averages of at least 27 games or more in nine different leagues, with five of them at Galaxy Sarasota, three at Sarasota Lanes and one at Rip Van Winkle Lanes. In the mid-1980s, he was a solid mid-180s-average bowler.

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