Taking a look back at the year 2015 regarding bowling in Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties, there were many significant highlights, including fine performances in local leagues, plus tournaments on the local, state and national levels. Reviewing the past year on the local bowling scene:
Local association tournament results
- SMCBA OPEN: Mike Aleshire was the top performer in the 66th annual championship tournament of the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes in early March. For a full tournament report, click here.
- SMCBA WOMEN’S: Ashley Cote of Sarasota was a three-event winner in the SMCBA’s annual women’s championship tournament at AMF Bradenton Lanes in late March. To see the byteclay.com recap, click here.
- SMCBA SENIOR: Glenn Jessup of Bradenton and Cliff Martin — both with two titles and one runner-up finish — were the top individual performers the SMCBA’s Senior Open tournament at AMF Bradenton Lanes in November. To read about it, click here.
- 700-PLUS TOURNAMENT: Mike Aleshire defeated top-seeded Michael Clark Jr. 236-207 to win the final-five stepladder finals in the 700-Plus Singles And Virtual Doubles Tournament at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes on Feb. 22. Read about it by clicking here.
- SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: Jill Nine and Nancy Wroe, representing Treasure Lanes, claimed the doubles championship in the Southwest Florida Bowling Association’s women’s championship tournament at Bowland Woodside in Naples. For details, click here.
In other local tournaments …
- BEST THREE-OF-FOUR: Mike Clark and Cliff Martin won the respective divisions of the Andy Rapone Memorial Best-3-of-4 Tournament at Sarasota Lanes on Aug. 8. For complete information, click here.
- VALENTINE MIXED DOUBLES: Leighton Bryant Jr. and Sue Tolson emerged with the $200 top prize in the fourth annual Bill Wenzel Valentine Doubles Tournament at AMF Bradenton Lanes on Feb. 15. Check out the story by clicking here.
Area bowlers’ performances in national and state tournaments
- FLORIDA STATE SENIOR: Gil Sliker and Roger King of Sarasota were doubles champions in the 46th annual Florida State Senior Handicap Championship Tournament at Shore Lanes in Merritt Island. To read a full report, click here.
- FLORIDA WOMEN’S STATE: Paula Wenzel of Sarasota posted the top scratch singles pinfall of 747 in the annual Florida State Women’s Bowling Association’s championship tournament in Pinellas County. For a full recap, click here.
- USBC NATIONAL: Similar to the situation regarding the entire field of competitors, bowlers from the Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte County area battled lower-scoring conditions during the 2015 edition of the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in El Paso, Texas. For details, click here.
- MAC SEGAR and PAUL GUSTKE: Two area bowlers — Paul Gustke of Sarasota and Mac Segar of Osprey — added to their impressive longevity strings in the USBC Open Championships in El Paso, Texas. For Gustke, 83, the tourney marked his 57th ABC/USBC appearance, while Segar, 82, made his 51st consecutive trip down Center Aisle. Both men relocated to the area about two decades ago, with Gustke moving from the Chicago area and Segar coming from Connecticut. To read about it, click here.
- ST. PETE WOMEN’S CLASSIC: Bowlers from the Sarasota-Manatee County area — including all four members of Team SKOB — had a major impact on the leaderboard in the 62nd annual St. Petersburg Women’s Classic.. For details, click here.
Information on youth and scholarship tournaments
- SMCBA YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS: Allan Orr and Ian Przybylowicz were three-event winners in the SMCBA’s Youth Championship Tournament at AMF Bradenton Lanes in January. For details, click here.
- JUNIOR-ADULT BEST-3-OF-4: Justin Carroll claimed the adult championship, while youth titles went to Cade Gilchrist, Carl Sawyer IV and Ian Przybylowicz in the Best-Three-Of-Four Youth-Adult Tournament at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes on Dec. 6. To read about it, click here.
Miscellaneous items about area bowlers and centers
- HIGH 2014-15 AVERAGES: With a 45-game average of 235, former professional bowler Gil Sliker, a Sarasota area resident for 35 years, carried the highest yearbook average in the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association for the 2014-15 season. To view the high-rollers list, click here.
- PBA50 SOUTH REGIONAL: Terry Metzner of Kentwood, Mich., defeated Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nev., in the best-of-three final Round of 2 to capture top honors in a PBA50 South Regional tournament at Sarasota Lanes on April 17. For the byteclay.com report, click here.
- PBA SARASOTA SOUTH OPEN: Rhino Page, displaying the form that brought him PBA Rookie of the Year honors in 2007-08, won the Sarasota South Open on Sept. 20. For the story, click here.
- WOOD RESIGNS AS ASSOCIATION MANAGER: After a distinguished decade-long tenure as manager of the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association, Terry Wood relinquished that position on Aug. 31. To read about Terry Wood’s longtime service, click here.
- CIPIELEWSKIS PERFORM WELL IN FRANCE: The husband-wife tandem of Beth Owen-Cipielewski and Keith Cipielewski posted top-notch performances in the Quibica/AMF Bowling Promotion Cup competition at four venues in France in early November. For a recap, click here.
- JENNIFER PEACOCK HAS TWO 300s IN TWO WEEKS: A “one-two punch” proved effective for red-hot Jennifer Peacock, who rolled her second perfect game in two weeks in the TGIF League at Treasure Lanes, The “1-2 punch” reflected the fact that she strung 12 strikes on March 13, using a Diva (bowling ball) on Lane 1 and a Rude Dude on Lane 2. For details, click here.
- SAWYER FIRES BACK-TO-BACK 300s: Carl Sawyer III fired back-to-back 300s in the Yoder’s Restaurant League at Sarasota Lanes, and he finished with an 825 series. To read about it, click here.
- JOHNSON BLASTS TWO PERFECT GAMES IN 780 SET: Donny Johnson rolled a pair of perfect games en route to a 780 series in the Cook Spring Invitational League at Sarasota Lanes. For an byteclay.com report, click here.
- WEESE SETS HOUSE RECORD SERIES AT ENGLEWOOD: Jerry Weese blasted a house-record 829 series at Englewood Bowl on Aug. 14. For the story, click here.
- THE FINAL FRAME: Area bowlers who died in 2015 (age, date of death in parentheses) included: HARMON BROWN (82, June 17), a member of the Sarasota-Manatee Men’s Bowling Hall Of Fame and former manager of Sarasota Lanes; ART WENDELL (84, Jan. 2), a high-average player and scratch league secretary; KEN STONE (92, Sept. 3), an avid high-average bowler at Sarasota Lanes and South Gate Lanes; BILL DIEGEL JR. (54, Aug. 13), who averaged 210 in back to back seasons early in this decade; DON KULB (87, Oct. 5), an avid league and tournament participant, primarily at Rip Van Winkle Lanes; JOE BEACHY (76, Sept. 21), a consistent league player for 25 years at Sarasota Lanes; BILL ROBINS, who rolled a perfect game at AMF Venice in 2007 and was often a league officer; HAROLD “SI” WILSON (89, Aug. 4), a familiar figure in leagues at Sarasota Lanes for more than three decades; DENNIS GONTHIER (57, Nov. 7), a North Port police officer who died in his patrol car; RUSS PERKINS (84, June 25), a longtime league player at Sarasota Lanes; and JOE DANIELEWICZ (81, May 8), an avid league member at Sarasota Lanes and Galaxy Sarasota in the ’60s and ’70s.
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