With the opening game being a 7-pin no-tap, the middle game an 8-pin no-tap and the final game a 9-pin no-tap, Wright posted a 947 handicap score to prevail by a 10-pin margin over runner-up Cee Butler, who had a 937 pinfall.
Third place went to Dottie Ceurter with 914, while other cashers were Joanne Cisler with 892 and Gail Fargo with 886.
Because so many perfect no-tap games were rolled, the individual high single-game prizes went to the next-highest scores under the 300 threshold. Peggy Parker picked up high scratch-game recognition with 295, while Barb Ripley had the highest scratch series with 818.
As a novelty of sorts, the event paid low-score "honors" to Lynn Callaghan for a 149 game and Gloria Bouch for a 487 series.
Valentine Mixed Doubles at AMF Bradenton
AMF Bradenton Lanes will be the site of the second annual Bill Wenzel Valentine Handicap Mixed Doubles tournament, with squads set at noon and 3 p.m. Sunday.
All doubles teams must consist of one male and one female, and walk-in entries will be accepted at a cost of $50 per team.
Optional scratch and handicap singles will be available at a cost of $10 per entry, or $20 to enter both scratch and handicap singles, and virtual scoring will be used for the singles competition. Handicap will be on a 90 percent of 220 basis, and brackets will be available.
The tourney is an annual fund-raiser conducted by the Sarasota-Manatee County Men's Bowling Hall of Fame, and $5 per bowler per event will be earmarked for the Hall.
For additional information, you may contact tournament director Bruce Combs at 755-7696.
Sarasota's Souzer finishes third in Villages Senior Shootout
Chuck Souzer of Sarasota took third place in a top-notch field of 76 scratch bowlers in last month's Villages Bowling Senior Shootout at Fiesta Bowl in The Villages.
Souzer advanced to the final match, involving the three top-seeded performers, in which he rolled a 202 game, as compared with 257 for the winner -- Willie Vargas of Tampa -- and 244 for runner-up Charles Ludwig of St. Petersburg.
Links to entry blanks for three upcoming local association tourneys
Here are links to official entry blanks for three upcoming tournaments conducted by the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association:
* 700-PLUS TOURNAMENT, Sunday, Feb. 17, at AMF Bradenton Lanes. To view or download entry blank, click here.
* ASSOCIATION'S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS, Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3, at AMF Bradenton Lanes. Entry deadline is Feb. 20. To view or download an entry blank, click here.
* ASSOCIATION'S WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS, March 23-24, at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes. Entry deadline is March 22. To view or download an entry blank, click here.
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