Scott Kaplan is the latest champion in the continuing series of King Of Gulf Gate scratch sweepers at AMF Gulf Gate, as he won the Week 9 title with a 220-162 triumph over Steve Baran in the final match last Tuesday (Dec. 22).
There will be a break in the competition due to the holidays, and therefore, there won’t be a sweeper this Tuesday (Dec. 29), with the Week 10 finale of the regular series taking place on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
In the final match last week, Kaplan posted a double and four-bagger to pull away from Baran, who suffered open frames in both the first and third.
In the three-game scratch qualifying, Baran was top qualifier with a 655 series on games of 216, 231 and 208, while Kaplan emerged as the other finalist with a 624 pinfall on scores of 202, 224 and 198.
John Thompson has won four of the nine sweepers to date, while Hayes has won two and Jesse Hawver, Jason Ferrill and Kaplan one each.
Entry fee for the Jan. 5 sweeper is $20, and sign-up and registration begin at 6:15 p.m., with practice starting at 6:50 p.m. Entrants will roll three qualifying games on a modified house pattern, after which there will be a 1-in-5 cut to head-to-head match play.
The series will conclude with a Week 11 finale, which is open only to bowlers who will have rolled in at least six of the 10 previous events. From each entry fee, $2 is set aside to be added to the Week 11 payoff. Brackets are available, and for more information, you may contact Gary Gooch at 921-4447.
Six of seven area bowling centers to host New Year’s Eve parties
Time is running short to finalize potential plans to celebrate the New Year with Dec. 31 parties to be hosted by six of the seven area bowling establishments. Following are capsule summaries about New Year’s eve events at each center, plus telephone contact numbers.
- AMF BRADENTON (758-8838), AMF GULF GATE (921-4447) and AMF VENICE (484-0666): All three centers will have the same New Year’s Eve party format and schedule. The first party function is called a Family Package, and there will be three such two-hour events, with starting times of 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at a cost of $16.99 per person. The cost includes two hours of unlimited bowling, kid-friendly cuisine, plus a sparkling cider or champagne toast. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a Ball Drop Party Package, at $31.99 per person, will include unlimited bowling, a gourmet buffet and a midnight champagne toast.
- BOWLAND PORT CHARLOTTE (625-4794): A party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at cost of $30 a person, will include bowling, a buffet dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. In addition, $100 game giveaways will be guaranteed throughout the day.
- ENGLEWOOD BOWL (474-5400): The center will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, but the house will not be conducting a New Year’s Eve party this year.
- SARASOTA LANES (955-7629): A Family Fun party will run from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., featuring a standard package at a cost of $100 per lane for up to four people. The cost will include a buffet, party favors and prizes. As an option, there will be a party in the VIB (Very Important Bowler) Section for people age 18 and up at a cost of $125 per lane for up to four people.
- TREASURE LANES (625-3930): The first of two parties will be a family-style event from 6 to 8 p.m. at a cost of $51 per lane, plus tax. Included will be unlimited bowling and cosmic bowling, free use of rental shoes, a large cheese pizza, two pitchers of soda, party music and noisemakers. The main New Year’s Eve party — from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at a cost of $30 per person (minimum of four people per lane) — will include unlimited bowling and cosmic bowling, shoe rental, breakfast buffet, party music, noisemakers and a champagne toast at midnight. Reservations for either party must be paid in full no later than Tuesday (Dec. 29) on a first-come, first-served basis.
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