James Stubbs won the adult division, while Matt Lansdowne, Brandon Thorpe and Nicholas Bohlman were the youth division champions in a youth-adult best-3-of-4 tournament conducted by the Sarasota-Manatee Youth Scholarship Committee at Sarasota Lanes on Sunday (Dec.15).
Stubbs blasted a 257 game in the middle of a 639 scratch series, which, with the addition of 93 handicap pins, gave him a total pinfall of 732 and the first-place prize of $80.
Lansdowne emerged victorious in the 175-over average classification among youth bowlers. His games included a pair of 235s en route to a 646 scratch series and a handicap score of 721, which was good for scholarship money in the amount of $50. The same amount went to the other youth division winners, while each of the youth competitors received at least some scholarship earnings.
Among youth players in the 130-174 average division, Thorpe rolled the highest three games (190, 184 and 181) in his classification, giving him a 555 scratch series and the top handicap pinfall of 660.
Bohlman, entering with an average of 84, posted games of 108, 94 and 142 for a scratch total of 344 and a handicap score of 692 to edge runner-up Anna McCoy, who finished only one pin back at 691.
McLaughlin second to Stubbs among adult competitors
Richard McLaughlin posted the tournament's high scratch series -- a 705 on consistent games of 237, 235 and 233 -- and despite no handicap because of his entering average of 221, he claimed the No. 2 position behind Stubbs in the adult field, which included 35 entrants.
Helped by a pair of 224 games, Bruce Combs finished in the No. 3 spot among adults with a handicap score of 704, while rounding out the list of cashers were Thomasina Peska (702), Kenny Combs (700), Thomas Morse (688) and Michael Hendrickson (678).
Hendrickson's pinfall included the tournament's high scratch game of 243, while in addition to the scores rolled by McLaughlin, the next-highest game was Glenn Reed's 225.
Finishing second and third behind Matt Lansdowne in the 175-over youth category were T.J. Lansdowne and Cody Jones, with respective handicap scores of 597 and 582, while in the 130-174 classification, second place went to Tyler Watkins with 644 and third place was claimed by Josh O'Connor with 631.
There was a third-place tie in the 129-under youth class, behind Bohlman and McCoy, with both Isaiah Jackson and Nick Ohnikian emerging with identical handicap totals of 685. And even though he posted the high scratch series in the division with a 460 on steady games of 153, 155 and 152, Cody Reichenbach had to settle for the fifth-place handicap score of 682.
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