It’s an understatement to say that John Thompson has been the dominant individual in the ongoing series of King of Gulf Gate scratch sweepers at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes.
Thompson claimed his fourth title over the first seven sweepers on Tuesday (Dec. 8), when he captured the final-game showdown 257-228 over Justin Carroll. The winner pulled away for the victory, string seven consecutive strikes beginning in the fifth frame.
There have been only three different champions in the series, with the only other titlists being Ronnie Hayes in the second and fourth events and Jesse Hawver finishing first in Week 6.
With games of 247, 247 and 214, Thompson was top qualifier with a three-game pinfall of 708, while Don Neff was runner-up with 674 and Carroll third with 647. And although they didn’t make the cut to match play, Scott Kaplan, Saul Insignares and Bubba Simmons finished in a three-way tie for fourth at 627. After the cut to three players, Thompson rolled a 213 and Carroll a 212 to advance, while Neff settled for third after a 197.
The King Of Gulf Gate series will continue over the next three Tuesdays, with the eighth one scheduled for Dec. 15. Entry fee into each weekly sweeper is $20, and sign-up and registration begin at 6:15 p.m., with practice starting at 6:50 p.m. Entrants roll three qualifying games on a modified house pattern, after which there is a 1-in-5 cut to head-to-head match play.
The series will have a Week 11 finale, and in order to qualify for the Week 11 showdown, a player must have rolled in at least six of the 10 previous events. From each entry fee, $2 is set aside to be earmarked for the Week 11 payoff. Brackets are available, and for more information, you may contact Gary Gooch at 921-4447.
A listing of upcoming tournaments and dates in Sarasota-Manatee County area
Potential area tournament participants should mark their calendars for upcoming tourneys through the end of the current 2015-16 bowling season, and following are the dates and sites of those events:
- BOBBY COMBS CENTURY DOUBLES, Dec. 20 at Sarasota Lanes. For entry blank, click here.
- 9-PIN YOUTH AND ADULT 9-PIN NO-TAP SCHOLARSHIP TOURNAMENT, Jan. 24 at Sarasota Lanes. For entry blank, click here.
- SARASOTA-MANATEE COUNTY YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS, Jan. 30-31 at Sarasota Lanes. For entry blank, click here.
- BILL WENZEL VALENTINES DOUBLES, Feb. 14 at AMF Bradenton Lanes.
- 700-PLUS TOURNAMENT, Feb. 21 at center to be determined.
- SARASOTA-MANATEE COUNTY OPEN AND WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS, Feb. 27-28, March 5-6 and March 13 at centers to be determined.
- BOBBY COMBS CENTURY DOUBLES, March 20 at AMF Venice Lanes.
- BOBBY COMBS CENTURY DOUBLES, May 1 at center to be determined.
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