Proprietor Marty Capullo plans to keep Towne Bowling Academy filled with tournament bowlers this season.
In order to accomplish his mission, the ever-hustling Capullo has come up with a unique point system to entice bowlers to compete in as many of his scheduled tournaments as possible. The reward will be added prize money for the top-10 finishers on the point list.
Beginning with his Oct. 13 Scratch Challenge, there will be plenty of points — and dollars — to shoot for.
“We’ve got almost 40 bowlers signed up for our Scratch Challenge so far,” said Capullo. “It’s still a little early, but we’ll continue to take entries, even walk-up entries on the day of the event. I’d like to get at least 50 bowlers, but we’re hoping for 60. That’s the maximum.”
As always, Capullo understands that weather conditions affect early-season bowling.
“This time of the year, it’s weather, weather, weather,” he said. “If the weather is too nice, you never know how many bowlers will show up.”
Most of the best bowlers in the region will be in the field for the scratch tournament opener. There will be a five-game sweeper format, with the bowlers changing lanes
after each game. The oil condition will be a challenging PBA pattern. Cash prizes will be awarded on a one in five ratio. Entry fee is $55. Bowling begins at 9:30 a.m.
“You need to make spares in this kind of format,” said Capullo. “You must keep the ball in play and make spares. That’s the hardest thing to do when you are bowling in tough conditions. Most of the guys don’t want to bowl on a house shot for this kind of event.”
Top prize will be $800 guaranteed.
Nick Miseno won last year’s Scratch Challenge.
“Nick is tough,” said Capullo. “When he can shoot his outside line, he’s very hard to beat, but even when that shot isn’t out there, he’s very good on tough conditions.”
The Scratch Challenge is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Capullo tournaments.
Among the special events scheduled are a Two-Game Tournament in November, his Team Handicap Tournament in December and January, the Uncle Nick Donato 50-plus/50-under doubles event in January, several Huck Finn events and the 12th annual Donato Scratch Singles Tournament finals in March.
It all wraps up with a Derby Day Points Leader Championship, with $1,500 added, on May 3.
Bowlers must compete in at least four of the tournaments at Towne to be eligible for the season finale.
“The Derby Day Tournament has a crazy format,” Capullo said. “Bowlers will need to shoot a certain score in their first two games to advance. But if they don’t shoot that score, they can buy another chance once or twice. Every game, the minimum score necessary to advance goes up. It keeps going up until one man is standing.”
Capullo also expects plenty of sponsorship money to help pad the overall pot for the end of the season point race.
For tournaments with 22 or more bowlers, the point breakdown will be 62 for first, 50 for second, 39 for third and fourth, 29 for fifth through eighth and 20 for ninth through 16th. Bowlers who enter a tournament will get five points.
For tournaments with fewer than 21 bowlers, first place will be worth 50 points, second place 39 points, third and fourth place 29 points and fifth through eighth place 20 points. The same five points will be awarded for just showing up.
STRIKES & SPARES
The third annual Digger’s Doubles tournament, part of the New Era Senior Tour series and sponsored by Ron Gardner, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy. It’s a special scratch event pairing an over-50 bowler with an under-50 bowler. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Call Jim Burton at 209-4748 for more information.
Dustin Paupst and R.J. Martinez combined to win the Sparky’s Doubles tournament last weekend at Sportsman’s Bowl. Paupst and Martinez split $900. Ernie Costello Jr. and Dan Rowe finished second, and split $400. There were 21 teams in the field.
Qualifying for the first Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show” handicap event of the season begins Monday at area bowling centers. Bowlers can qualify through their own leagues for $10.
Qualifying for the first Huck Finn scratch event of the season will be held Oct. 19 at Hi-Way Recreation at 3:30 p.m. in Wynantskill and Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Spare Time-Latham. The TV taping for that show will be Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. at Middleburgh Lanes, and it will air Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. on MY4 TV.
Matt Gonzales connected for a perfect game and a 757 triple in the majors division of the Boulevard Bowl Saturday afternoon junior program, where Trena Jones shot a 228-667. Jack O’Brien fired a big 225-672 in the junior division at the same house.
The Menagerie league, which bowls Friday nights at 6:10 at Sportsman’s Bowl, has five openings. Dues are $16.
The Cohoes Individual Men’s league, which bowls Thursday mornings at 9:30 at Cohoes Arena, is looking for new members. Dues for the four-game classic league are $15. Contact Bob Weiner for information.
Quadearis Rembert of Providence, R.I., beat Vernon Billington II of Hartford, Conn., 211-191, in the championship game of the season-opening Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour at Spare Time-Latham. Rembert and Billington earned scholarships for $275 and $150, respectively, while Jadee Scott-Jones of East Providence, R.I., was third and earned $100. Other scholarship winners were Patrick DeVoe of Delmar ($75), Zach Porter of Schenectady ($55), Zach Doty of Nassau ($40), Chris Radliff of Schenectady ($32.50) and Jacob Rivers Jr. of Albany ($32.50).
Tom Donato is running a Tavern Tournament Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Towne Bowling Academy. Entry fee will be $100 per four-person teams Top prize will be $400 to the winning team, based on 20 teams. One in five teams will cash. Special prizes and a buffet will be included. Call Donato at 496-7812 or Towne Bowling Academy for more information.
The United States Bowling Congress Youth Open Championships will have separate singles and doubles divisions for girls in 2014. Nearly 1,400 bowlers took part in the 2013 Youth Open Championships held in Detroit last summer. The tournament had a scholarship pool of more than $80,000 and champions were crowned in U8, U12, U15 and U20 divisions. The 2014 Youth Open, which will be held in the Buffalo area in July, will have girls divisions in singles and doubles. Doubles teams of two girls automatically will be placed in the girls division and mixed doubles teams will be placed in the boys division. In past years, divisions were determined by average; last year, the tournament moved to age-based divisions and giving the girls competitors a separate division is necessary.