James McCleland was crowned king after defeating Jesse Hawver 225-193 in the title game of the Week 11 finale of the King Of Gulf Gate scratch sweepers at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes on Tuesday (Jan. 12).
Entrants in the 14-player field were eligible for the Week 11 competition, having bowled in a minimum of six of the 10 weekly sweepers, and the scoring level was extremely low due to a malfunction of the lane-dressing machine.
Even though each participant carries averages of 195 or higher, Hawver — with games of 127, 224 and 205 — posted the top three-game qualifying score of 556, while McCleland was the No. 2 qualifier with 547 on scores of 160, 172 and 215. Also advancing to the Round of 4 were Cindy Grich (539) and Ronnie Hayes (526).
The four-player elimination round was reduced to three when Hayes was forced to withdraw after injuring a finger during qualifying. McCleland and Hawver were seeded into the championship game with respective scores of 193 and 186, while Grich was eliminated after rolling 130.
In the title showdown, McCleland suffered a first-frame open, but he took control of the match and finished with a score of 225 with five consecutive strikes beginning in the fourth frame. Meanwhile, Hawver opened with a double before two open frames in a row, and even though he rallied with four straight strikes, he fell short with a score of 193.
Champions Series scheduled to begin Feb. 2 at AMF Gulf Gate
In almost a mirror image of the King Of Gulf Gate series, AMF Gulf Gate Lanes has announced a Champions Series that is scheduled for 10 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 2.
Entry fee into each of the weekly scratch sweepers is $20, and sign-up and registration will start at 6:15 p.m., with practice beginning at 6:50 p.m. First place is a guaranteed $75, based on only 10 entrants.
The format features three qualifying games on a modified house pattern, after which there will be a 1-in-5 cut, and the survivors will roll one game for the title (or force a cut to the top two for a final title-game showdown).
The series will build toward a Week 11 finale, but in order to qualify for the final week, a bowler must compete in at least six of the weekly events. There will be $2 set aside each week to be earmarked for the Week 11 prize fund.
Brackets will be available, and for additional information, you may call Gary Gooch at 921-4447.
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