The Schenectady Bowling Association’s premier event, its 81st annual Championship Tournament, begins Saturday at Boulevard Bowl.
Better known as the “City Tournament,” the SBA Championship Tournament is special because it offers a competitive outlet to both the average league bowler and the elite scratch tournament competitor.
The primary event is the four-person team competition, which will pay $1,200 to the winning group, based on 120 entries. A special “Scratch Challenge” will be held April 21 at 6:30 p.m., with the winning squad declared ”City Challenge Champion.” That scratch squad will earn $600.
All bowlers in handicap events will receive 90 percent of the difference between their average and 240. Cost will be $80 per team, $40 per doubles tandem, and $20 per singles entry. Bowlers can compete in the all-events category for an additional $5.
Also available throughout the tournament run will be 50-50 raffles and door prizes, as well as beverage and food specials.
Multiple participation will be allowed in team and doubles events.
Opening day will feature two squads, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Another squad is set for Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Other squads include April 12 (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), April 19 (2 p.m.), April 21 (9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.), April 23 (9:30 a.m.), April 24 (6:30 p.m.) and April 25 (6:30 p.m.).
The tournament committee has indeed offered plenty of squads, with both morning and evening sessions available to accommodate most bowlers’ needs.
For more information, contact tournament directors Chet Ciembroniewicz (277-8562) or Keith Lawyer (300-0209).
STRIKES & SPARES
Alpha Lanes will host the next scratch qualifier for the Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show” Saturday at 3 p.m. Two more qualifiers are available Sunday at Spare Time-Latham at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Entry fee for Saturday’s squad will be $35, plus Huck Finn membership. Entry fee for the Sunday squads will be $45, plus membership fee. A bowler can re-enter for $35. Top prize will be $750, and second place will be $400.
Handicap bowlers will also be competing on the same show. Those finals, for the bowlers who qualified in-house during their league play, will be Sunday at noon at Town ‘N Country Lanes. There will be a same-day taping following the finals. For more information, call Jeff Segel at 439-7628.
By the way, any bowler who wants to know if he or she is eligible for the end-of-the-season Jack Scaccia Memorial event should call Segel.
Ron “Digger” Gardner of Troy continued his recent hot streak and won the Northern Bowlers Association’s final regular-season event Sunday at Olympic Lanes in Menands. Gardner rolled a 1,268 five-game total to defeat Glenville’s Dan Furman by 66 pins. Gardner earned $575, and Furman took home $290. Justin Carl (1,189, $240 scholarship) of Colonie rolled a 300 game and finished third, followed by Selkirk’s Matt Sherman (1,149, $190) and Albany’s Travis Winglosky (1,146, $140). Colonie’s Jenean Bailey (1,025) won the women’s division. The NBA’s Bob Guild tournament will be held May 4 at Del Lanes at 9:30 a.m.
The Blizzard Bowl continues Sunday at Boulevard Bowl at 11:45 a.m. Entry fee will be $80 per team. Doubles and singles events are also available by using your same team scores. A Continental breakfast is included in the fee. Call Boulevard Bowl at 374-4171 for more information. The final squad is set for April 12 at 9:45 p.m.
Town ’N Country’s Average Joe’s Bakers doubles tournament will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $50 per team. Call 456-1113 for reservations.
The Schenectady/Scotia 500 Club mixed doubles tournament will be held Saturday at noon and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Boulevard Bowl. Call Marie Moorhead at 399-3063 for more information.
Former touring pro Brian LeClair of Albany and Canajoharie’s Jeff Voght each cashed in last week’s PBA regional event in Ellicott, Md.
Towne Bowling Academy will be hosting a PBA Trio league, beginning April 23 at 6:30 p.m. It will run for 10 weeks. Cost is $20 per week, and the league will be competing on the new PBA Experience patterns. An organizational meeting is set for April 167. For more information, call at Towne BA at 355-3939.
Rolling Greens Lanes is hosting a no-tap tavern tournament, followed by a full buffet, Sunday at 1 p.m. Handicap will be 75 percent of a five-person 1,100 team average. Entry fee is $100 per team. Call Rolling Greens at 381-4848 for more information.
Rolling Greens is the site for the “Bowl for our Soldiers” charity event that will benefit the “Operation Adopt a Soldier” campaign on May 3. Registration deadline is April 26. Entry fee is $12 and the format will be three games bowling on a four-person or five-person team. Call 260-9922 or 381-4848 for more information.
Town ’N Country features a 3-Way Experience summer league Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. beginning April 30 and running through June 25. Entry fee is $20 per person.
The 76th annual Schenectady/Scotia USBC Bowling Association’s Women’s Championship Tournament will be contested April 28 through May 10 at Boulevard Bowl. Entry fee will be $16 per event. Average caps for the doubles will be Class A (371-480), Class B (311-370) and Class C (310 of lower). Average caps for singles will be Class A (186-240), Class B (156-185) and Class C (155 or lower). Handicap for each event will be 100 percent. Entries close April 15. Squads will be April 28-May 2 at 6:30 p.m. for teams; May 5-9 at 6:30 p.m. for singles and doubles; May 3 at 11 a.m. for singles and doubles and May 10 at 11 a.m. for singles and doubles. Make all checks payable to the Schenectady and Scotia USBC Women’s Bowling Association.
The Towne Bowling Academy and Carbone Auto Group’s inaugural Kentucky Derby Day tournament, the culmination of the point-system events at Towne BA all season, will be held May 3 at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $40, and top prize will be a minimum of $1,000. There will be a prime rib dinner included in the entry fee. There is a minimum of $1,500 added purse money. One in four bowlers will cash. Bowlers must have competed in at least four point tournaments to be eligible for the Derby Day event.