The 46th annual Florida State Senior Handicap Championship Tournament will be contested in Merritt Island for five consecutive weekends, beginning Jan. 10-11, and the deadline for submitting entries is Sunday, Dec. 13.
The competition — to be conducted at Shore Lanes — 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 handicap all-events fees of $5 for all nine games or $2 for singles and doubles only. In addition, an optional nine-game scratch all-events is available for $5. Handicap will be on a 90 percent of 220 basis, and bowlers may compete only once in each event.
Tournament weekends will be Jan. 10-11, Jan. 17-18, Jan. 24-25, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and Feb. 7-8. 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 2015 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 you may download entry forms — or find other tournament information — by clicking here.
Sarasota-Manatee senior championships set at AMF Venice on Nov. 8-9
The Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Association will conduct its 23rd annual senior championship tournament on the weekend of Nov. 8-9 at AMF Venice Lanes.
The event is open to all USBC-certified bowlers in the state of Florida who will have reached the age of 50 at the time of competition.
Entry fee has been set at $18 per player per event, plus an optional $3 all-events assessment, and squad times will be at 1 and 4 p.m. both days.
All prizes will be on a handicap (90 percent of 220) basis, and team and all-events will be contested in one classification. Singles and doubles will be in two age divisions: A (50-64) and B (65-up).
Doubles partners and four-player teams may consist of all men, all women or any combination of men and women. When a doubles team consists of players from both age categories, that duo will be placed in Division A.
Re-entries will be permitted; however, a player may cash only once in singles and only once with the same partner in doubles. To cash more than once in team play, roster changes involving at least two bowlers must be made.
Complete rules and information can be found on the entry blanks, available at most area centers, or you may download an official entry blank by clicking here. And to view complete tournament rules, click here. In addition, you may contact tournament director Fred Shaffer at (941) 951-6212.
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