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Sarasota-Manatee association releases information about its 2014 tournaments

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The Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association has released entry blanks for its four major 2014 tournaments, and it's not too early for prospective entrants to jot down the dates, times and places.

The Bill Wenzel Valentine Handicap Mixed Doubles will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Sarasota Lanes, and the 700-Plus Tournament will be conducted on the following Sunday (Feb. 16) at AMF Venice.

As for the two major association championship tournaments, the 65th annual SMCBA Open will be held on the weekends of Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2 at AMF Venice, and the 7th annual SMCBA Women's Open is scheduled for March 22-23 at Sarasota Lanes.

Following are capsule summaries of each tournament, with links provided to the official entry blanks.

* BILL WENZEL VALENTINE DOUBLES: Squad times will be at 1 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 at Sarasota Lanes, and all teams must consist of one male and one female.

Entry fee will be $40 per doubles team, and optional scratch singles -- using the scores rolled in doubles -- will be available, both scratch and handicap (900 percent of 220), at a cost of $10 each.

Early entries are encouraged, in part because walk-ins will be charged an additional $5 expense fee per bowler. To access an entry blank, click here.

* 700-PLUS TOURNAMENT: Competition will begin at noon on Feb. 16 at AMF Venice, and entry fee will be $20 per bowler per event.

Scratch singles is open to all SMCBA members who have rolled a certified three-game scratch series of 700 or better, while handicap (90 percent of 220) singles is open to SMCBA members who have never rolled a 700. The top five players in scratch singles will enter a final-five stepladder rolloff at 3 p.m.

Virtual handicap doubles will feature one SMCBA member who has rolled a 700 series within the past four years and one SMCBA member who hasn't. A player must bowl singles to enter virtual doubles, and multiple doubles entries will be permitted. To view or download an entry blank, click here.

* SMCBA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS: The tournament will take place on the last weekend of February and the first weekend of March at AMF Venice, with Saturday squad times at noon and 4 p.m., and only one squad, at 1 p.m., on each of the Sundays.

Entry fee has been set at $20 per bowler per event, plus optional all-events, both scratch and handicap (90 percent of 220), at $5 each.

The tournament will be contested in two average categories, as follows: five-player team, Division A (800-over) and Division B (879-under); doubles, A (352-over) and B (351-under); and singles, A (176-over) and B (175-under).

Multiple participation is available in team event only, and no more than two individuals who have entered together may bowl more than once. Entry deadline is midnight, Feb. 20, and to check out an entry blank, click here.

* SMCBA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS: With Sarasota Lanes hosting the tournament, squad times on Saturday, March 22, will be at noon and 4 p.m., and there will be only one squad on Sunday, March 23, beginning at 1 p.m.

Entry fee will be $20 per woman per event, plus an optional handicap (90 percent of 220) all-events at a cost of $5.

Four-player team event will be contested in one classification, while doubles will be in two average categories (326-over and 325-under) and singles will also be in two average divisions (165-over and 164-under). Multiple participation will be permitted in team event only, but no more than three individuals can compete together on more than one team.

The final deadline for submitting entries is midnight on March 20, and to view or download an entry blank, click here.

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