Paul Herbst was easily the top individual performer in the latest edition of the Bobby Combs Century Doubles series, contested on Sunday (Dec. 20) at Sarasota Lanes.
With scratch games of 256, 244 and 279 for a 779 series and a handicap pinfall of 812, Herbst teamed with Mike Byrd — who added a scratch game of 278 and a handicap score of 699 — for the winning total of 1,511 and the first-place prize of $160. And his dominant performance also led to capturing three of the top four positions in the optional Alibi Doubles competition.
Sam Steiner and Sandy Combs combined balanced efforts — Steiner with a handicap pinfall of 751 and Combs with 730 — for the runner-up spot with 1481, while Alan Blades and Daryl Shinn finished No. 3 with 1,449.
Rounding out the list of cashers in the event, open to doubles partners with combined ages of 100 or more, were: Debora Stone and Mae Sweet (1,434), Carlton Flonnoy and Tony Cinelli (1,434), Darlene Bonds and Gary Bonds (1,423), Bill Lippman and John Favara (1,414), and Lawrence Bryant and Levanial Hinson (1,400).
Herbst and Combs triumphant in Alibi Doubles
Herbst’s 812 handicap score figured to make him an excellent partner in the optional Alibi Doubles — in which bowlers use scores rolled by other (non-partner) tournament competitors for qualifying on a separate prize list — and such was the case.
Herbst and Combs combined for the top Alibi score of 1,542, and Herbst paired with Bob Pazur for the runner-up position at 1,527. In addition, Herbst was also a fourth-place finisher, teaming with Roger King for a 1,489 score.
Third place was claimed by Cindy Grich and Lisa Kuzniczci with 1,489, while Cinelli and Combs rounded out the top five with 1,475. Other Alibi cashers were: Grich and King (1,453), Pazur and Combs (1,445), Cinelli and Byrd (1,444), Mike Aleshire and Pazur (1,427), and Cinelli and King (1,422).
High men’s scratch scores were posted by: Herbst 279-779, Byrd 278, Favara 276-701, Harold Banks 265, Cinelli 716, Aleshire 712. And on the distaff side, Grich had a 279 game as part of a 712 series, and Paula Wenzel had 236-648 numbers.
In the first Century Doubles event of the 2015-16 season, Glenn Jessup and Roger King claimed first place at AMF Bradenton on Sept. 17, and to read an byteclay.com report on that tournament, click here.
Two more Bobby Combs Century Doubles events are scheduled for later in the season — at AMF Venice Lanes on March 20, and at a center to be determined on May 1.
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