The 44rd annual Florida State Senior Handicap Championship Tournament will be contested in Ocala during the four weekends in January and the first weekend in February, and the deadline for submitting entries is Sunday, Dec. 9.
The event — to be held at AMF Galaxy Lanes East — is open to all United States Bowling Congress members in the state of Florida who will be a minimum of 50 years of age as of the time they compete in the tournament.
The cost of entry in each event — singles, doubles and four-player team — is $22, plus optional all-events fees of $5 for all nine games or $2 for singles and doubles only. Handicap will be on a 90 percent of 220 basis, and bowlers may compete only once in each event.
Tournament weekends will be Jan. 5-6, Jan. 12-13, Jan. 19-20, Jan. 26-27 and Feb. 2-3. Saturday squad times will be at 1:30 and 6 p.m., while Sunday squads will be at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and entrants may request to bowl all nine games on one day if desired.
There will be one class in team and doubles events, and team members and doubles partners do not have to be in the same age bracket. Singles and all-events will be divided into five age classifications as follows: A (70-over), B (65-69), C (60-64), D (55-59) and E (50-54).
The six-game all-events champions — counting only singles and doubles — will be eligible to compete in the 2013 USBC national senior tournament.
Complete rules and information can be found on the entry blanks, available at most statewide area centers. In addition, you may call tournament director Tom Garrett at (352) 383-3055, or e-mail him at email@example.com
Results of youth-adult no-tap scholarship tournament
Taylor Parker, Brianna Sweigart, Cody Jones and Joshua O’Connor were the top scholarship winners in a recent youth-adult scratch no-tap tournament at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes.
Parker earned first place with a score of 483 in the Girls 14-up age category, while Sweigart set the pace in the Girls 13-under division with 359. Among the boys, Jones was tops in the 14-up division with 736, while O’Connor topped the 13-under listing at 641.
The event was conducted by the Sarasota-Manatee Scholarship Board, and a portion of each entry fee was earmarked for youth scholarships. Adult entrants competed for cash prizes, while the youths were seeking scholarship monies.
In the adult female division, Sandy Combs emerged victorious with a score of 624, while Karen Shaffer was runner-up at 565. Among adult males, Matt Aiken was first at 772, while other cashers included Carl Sawyer III (715), Ralph Travis (664), and David McCoy and Bruce Combs (tied at 639).
Ali Hausler was runner-up to Parker with a score of 430 in the girls 14-up division, and Annie McCoy was second in girls 13-under at 346.
Other scholarship winners in the boys 14-up division included Tyler Watkins, Chase Clark and Breck Hausler, while other winners in the 13-under boys division were Fox Goddard, Ryan Stubbs, Phillip Sciorta, Seth Morton and Carl Sawyer IV.
Bradenton’s Soutar on Internet Phantom radio show
An interesting interview with recently retired Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame member Dave Soutar is currently running on Phantom Radio.
Each week, Phantom Radio, hosted by former PBA lane maintenance director Len Nicholson, features an interview of interest to bowlers and bowling fans, and the current show features Soutar, of Bradenton, who spent 51 years as a PBA competitor until his recent retirement.
To hear the Phantom Radio show, click here. And to read a recent quadrust.com report on Soutar’s retirement, along with facts regarding his brilliant career, click here.
The final frame: Gary Chaize
Gary Chaize of Bradenton — never a high-average bowler, but an avid league competitor and league officer — died last week at the age of 77.
Although he hadn’t bowled competitively since the turn of the century, he served as president of several leagues, including a 28-team men’s league at the now-defunct Galaxy Lanes East. Visitation and services were held Monday afternoon (Oct. 22).