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Thompson's 300 wins scratch singles in 700-Plus; Combs is two-time champ

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John Thompson fired a perfect game in the finale of a stepladder rolloff to claim top honors in the scratch singles division of the 700-Plus Tournament, conducted by the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association at AMF Venice Lanes on Sunday (Feb. 16).

Thompson had earned the top seed in the final-five rolloff by virtue of a three-game 770 series in the qualifying round of the event, open to all SMCBA members who have rolled a USBC-certified three-game scratch series of 700 or better.

The title-game victory and the top prize of $105 came at the expense of second-seed Jeff Stapleton, whose fine 242 game was overwhelmed by Thompson's perfect score.

Stapleton posted a 759 qualifying score, while Paula Wenzel (754), Dylan Clark (738) and Ron Hayes (733) also gained spots in the stepladder round. A sixth player, Keith Cipielewski, cashed with 729 but fell just short of the finals.

Clark had opened the final-five rolloff with a perfect game of his own, and it came at the expense of Hayes, who rolled a creditable 257. Wenzel, in turn, defeated Clark 235-214, before Stapleton prevailed over Wenzel 223-205 to secure a spot in the title game.

Ken Combs a two-time winner in tournament's handicap events

Ken Combs captured first-place finishes in both of the handicap events. He easily outdistanced the field in singles with an 831 total, good for $65, and he teamed with Richard McLaughlin for the winning 1,537 total in doubles.

Handicap singles was open to players who haven't rolled a 700+ series in the past four years, while handicap doubles was available to teams consisting of one player who has rolled a 700 and another who hasn't done so in the past four years.

Mark Janssens was runner-up to Combs in handicap singles with a net score of 747, while rounding out the list of cashers were Cindy Grich (740), Gina Quiroz (729) and Mike Romig (720).

Combs and McLaughlin earned $125 for their doubles win, while Wenzel and Quiroz were next in line with 1,526. Other cashing teams were: Janet and Mike Romig (1,519), Stapleton and Theresa Cassidy (1,466), and Sandy Combs and Thompson (1,463).

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