Female bowlers from the Sarasota-Manatee County area and throughout Florida should be aware of the women’s-only state and national tournaments available during the 2012-13 season.
The entry deadlines are fast approaching for two of the annual events: the Florida Senior Doubles & Singles state tournament in Fort Myers, and the Florida 600 Club’s state tourney in Seminole.
Entries into the state senior event must be filed no later than Oct. 12, and the reserved 600 Club closing date is Wednesday (Oct. 3).
Following are capsule summaries of each tournament, accompanied by links that will allow easy access to downloading or printing the official entry blanks. Complete rules and full information are included on those forms.
2012 Florida women’s senior state tourney
Pin Street at Fort Myers will host the women’s senior state event on the weekends of Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 10-11. Competition is open to members of the Florida State USBC Women’s Bowling Association who are age 55 or up as of the Oct. 12 closing date.
Singles will be contested in two age categories — Division 1 (55-64) and Division 2 (65-up) — while doubles will be in a single classification, and partners need not be in the same age division.
Entry fee is $16 per woman per event, plus a $2 optional all-events cost. Saturday squads will be at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m., while Sunday squads will be at 9 and 11 a.m.
Keeping in mind that the official entry blank will indicate an Oct. 1 entry deadline, whereas the deadline has been extended until Oct. 12, to download or view the entry blank, click here.
2013 Florida women’s state tournament
The annual women’s state championship event will be conducted in the Orlando area for five consecutive weekends, beginning May 4-5, with four-player team competition at Aloma Bowling Center in Winter Park and singles and doubles at Colonial Lanes in Orlando.
Entry fee is $25 per woman per event, plus optional scratch and handicap (100 percent of 220) all-events available at $5 each. Entries received no later than Feb. 1 will pay regular fees, but after that (until March 1), an additional $20 late fee will be assessed.
Competition will be in one division, and handicap is 100 percent of 220. Team squads will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. and noon Sundays, while singles/doubles squads will be at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.
To view or download an official entry blank, click here.
Florida Women’s 600 Club’s state tournament
The annual Florida 600 Club tournament will be held at Seminole Lanes in Pinellas County on the weekend of Oct. 20-21, with Saturday squads at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a single Sunday squad at noon.
Reserved entries will close on Oct. 3, but walk-ins will be accepted. Entry fee for the three-game singles — contested in five classified scratch divisions — is $23, plus an optional $7 for a simultaneous handicap (90 percent of 220) competition. There will also be a 3-6-9 Friendship Doubles event with an entry fee of $20.
For complete information, you can view or download an official tournament entry blank by clicking here.
59th annual St. Petersburg Women’s Classic
This popular, longstanding tournament will be conducted over the first three weekends of November, and the entry deadline is Oct. 19. The event is open to all female members of the United States Bowling Congress.
The four-player team competition will be hosted by Ten Pin Lanes, with doubles and singles at Liberty Lanes. Entry fee is $22.50 per woman per event, with an optional all-events fee of $5, and handicap will be 90 percent of 225.
To view or download an official tournament entry blank, which includes the rules and all pertinent information, click here.
2013 USBC Women’s Championships in Reno
The world’s largest participatory sporting event for women will be conducted in Reno, Nev., from April 12 through July 7, with more than 30,000 female members of the United States Bowling Congress competing.
The prestigious national event is a three-division handicap tournament, and the prize fund is expected to approach $2 million. The skill-level categories will be: Diamond for bowlers with averages of 180 and above (handicap based on 220); Ruby for averages of 150-179 (handicap based on 180) and Sapphire for averages of 149 and below (handicap based on 150). Prizes will also be awarded for the top overall scratch scores.
For a direct link to complete tournament information — including rules, registration, travel, past results and much more — click here.