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Senior Sweeper and Prove It Scratch Challenge slated at AMF Gulf Gate this month

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Tournament promoter Chuck Souzer has announced two April events to be contested at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes in Sarasota.

A Senior Scratch Sweeper is scheduled for Saturday (April 12), and the next in a series of Prove It Scratch Challenge tourneys will be held on Sunday, April 27.

Saturday's Senior Sweeper is open to all bowlers who will have reached their 50th birthday prior to competition, and check-in will begin at 11 a.m., with practice getting under way at 12:15 p.m.

The tourney will begin with three games of qualifying on a house lane-conditioning pattern, and starting lane assignments will be drawn during check-in. Entry fee has been set at $45.

The first cut and payout will be on a 1-in-2 ratio, and high super senior (age 60-up) out of the cut will cash. After qualifying, subsequent games will cut the field in half, with no carryover of pinfall, and after that, games will continue until two or three players will roll a final game for the championship.

In the previous Senior Sweeper, held on March 8, John Hough of Naples won a three-way rolloff for the title, defeating Chris Keane of Tampa and Marc Scime of Orlando.

Complete information can be found on the tournament flyers, available at most area bowling centers, or you may contact Souzer at (941) 320-4584.

Prove It Challenge series will resume on April 27

The next in the Prove It Scratch Challenge tournament series is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, at AMF Gulf Gate, and Souzer will utilize the 39-foot PBA Chameleon lane condition pattern.

Entry fee will be $55, and check-in will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., with practice beginning at 1:15 p.m. To view complete information about the tournament series -- including rules, lane-condition pattern and past results -- you may view the Prove It Web site by clicking here.

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