Anthony Colosimo of Pembroke Pines ran away from a top-notch field of 42 bowlers in a Prove It Scratch Challenge tournament at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes in Sarasota on Sunday (Sept. 28).
Colosimo dominated the five-game qualifying round on a 40-foot Carmen Salvino lane-conditioning pattern and never looked back en route to earning the first-place check of $630. With scores ranging from 223 to 266, his 1,206 qualifying total was 105 pins better than the runner-up pinfall of 1,101 posted by Colin Champion of Winter Haven.
Qualifying third was Cory Misura of Largo (1,093), while Taylor Bulthuis of Margate (1,047) and Jeff Pennell of Venice (1,020) rounded out the top five. Others making the 10-player cut to match play were Verity Crawley of Lake Wales (1,001), Joseph Mazza of Spring Hill (996), Aaron Yuratovich of Olathe, Kan. (987), Dave Grether of Sarasota (978) and David Shedrow of Parrish (978).
In the opening round of match-play, with bowlers receiving 30 “bonus pins” for each victory, Colosimo downed Shedrow 166-146, Grether edged Champion 211-208, Yuratovich routed Misura 224-157, Bulthuis defeated Mazza 175-159, and Pennell bested Crawley 210-198.
Game 7 featured one three-player match and another two-player competition. In the three-man contest, Colosimo rolled 247 as compared to 189 for Bulthuis and 179 for Misura, and in the other match, Champion topped Pennell 226-191.
Heading into the final game, the outcome was all but settled, with Colosimo having a net pinfall of 1,679 as compared to Chapman’s runner-up score of 1,565, meaning that Champion needed to prevail by 85 or more pins to come from behind for the title. Champion did edge Colosimo 236-235, but had to settle for the second-place prize of $315.
When all was said and done, the order of finish was: Colosimo, Champion, Pennell, Bulthuis, Misura, Yuratovich, Grether, Crawley, Mazza and Shedrow.
Tournament director Chuck Souzer has announced that the next in the Prove It Challenge series will be conducted at AMF Venice Lanes on Sunday, Oct. 19, with a noon starting time, preceded by registration and check-in from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.
To obtain additional information on the tournament series — including rules, past winners, lane-condition patterns, earnings leaders and much more — you may visit the Prove It Web site by clicking here.
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