Heading into the final weekend of the annual Florida State Senior Bowling Association’s annual championship tournament in Orlando, a number of area participants occupy spots on the leaderboard.
Bill Bickley of Sarasota holds the No. 3 position in handicap singles in the 65-69 age division with a score of 784, and he currently ranks No. 10 in all-events at 1,421. In the same division, Sam Smith of Bradenton is seventh in singles at 759 and fourth in all-events at 1,431.
Glenn Underwood and Ron Smith of Bradenton are listed in the No. 8 spot in handicap doubles at 1,450, and both are listed among the leaders in handicap all-events. Underwood is 10th in the six-game totals of the 70-Over division at 1,426, while Smith is tied for 20th in the 65-69 category at 1,383.
Other area players among the leaders include: Joe Murray of Venice, sixth in 55-59 singles at 734; Daryl Shinn of Sarasota, tenth in 60-64 all-events at 1,441; and Penge Chiropractic of Sarasota, eighth in four-player team event at 2,783.
With three of four weekends completed and the tournament scheduled to end Sunday (Jan. 29), Imperial No. 2 of Babson Park leads the team competition with 2,908, and Mike Meehan and Lou Serridge of Jacksonville are the doubles leaders at 1,510.
Setting the pace in singles are: Tom Servay of Middleburg (70-plus division) 765; Mike Bennigo of Cooper City (65-69) 824; Joe Wallace of Fort Lauderdale (60-64) 820; and Ed Hines of Orange City (55-59) 784.
Holding the scores to beat in all-events are: Bill Hare of Eustis (70-plus) 1,472; Mike Dewees of Lady Lake (65-69) 1,519; Mike Meehan of Jacksonville (60-64) 1,502; and Barry Farley of Eustis (55-59) 1,511.
Hugh Simmons of Tallahassee is the pacesetter in nine-game handicap all-events, which includes team scores, at 2,313.
The final, unofficial prize list should be available early next week. To view all of the scores heading into this weekend, you may view the Florida State Seniors Web site by clicking here.
James Brotherton Benefit at AMF Venice on Sunday
A fund-raising benefit for the family and children of area murder victim James Brotherton will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 29) at AMF Venice Lanes.
Proceeds of the event will be placed in a fund to benefit the family of Brotherton, an off-duty Sarasota County Area Transit bus driver who was shot and killed in the Gulf Gate area.
Participants are requested to give a minimum donation of $20, for which they’ll be able to bowl from 2 to 4 p.m., with free use of rental shoes, if needed. In addition, there will be raffles and prize giveaways, and a clown will be on hand to entertain children. Food and drink specials will also be available.
The fund-raiser will be sponsored by AMF Venice, along with Southern Edge Pro Shop and Local Union 1701 representing SCAT drivers. For more information, contact the bowling center at 484-0666.