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11th Frame: Al-Mar holds year-end tournaments (05-14-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 09:19
Al-Mar last week conducted its annual year-end tournaments.
Among the top winners were, Sid Sink, Matt Hess, Richard Colton, Craig Yarger, Paul Overhulse, Pat Ruck, Cindy McCarthy and this columnist.
Over the course of four days, more than $5,200 was paid to the bowlers.
In last Tuesday's bingo tourney, roughly 50 participants vied to have the most numbers covered in each of the four bingo cards by strategically rolling specific counts to produce the scores on the bingo cards.
Sink and Bill Ryan each covered 20 of the 25 numbers on one card (C and B cards, respectively), while Hess won his D card with 16 numbers and Colton was the top for his A card with 15 squares.  Each earned $480 for winning their respective squares.
Another $480 was shared among all the bingos achieved (52) by all the bowlers. Sink and Ryan each had six bingos to boost their winnings to $535. Colton had two bingos adding another $18 for a total of $498. Hess did not achieve any bingos.
A total of $2,400 was paid out to all entrants.
On Wednesday in the bracket event, Yarger was the top winner with 15 bracket wins and two second-place finishes to pocket $252. Each bracket included eight bowlers who competed in the single-elimination format, with a $16 prize for each win and $6 for each second.
In this event, each bowler was entered into 20 brackets divided into two sets during four games of bowling. Yarger won eight of his first 10, and won seven of the nine finals he advanced in for the second set.
Wes Wint won seven brackets and five runner-ups to earn $142. Larry Long Jr., also won seven brackets and was second in two others for $124. Robb Waynick earned $116 for his five wins and six seconds; Mike Farr and Shad King each took home $106 for four wins and seven runner-ups; Chuck Close had five wins and four seconds for $104.
A total of $1,408 was paid out.
On Thursday, bowlers competed in the poker finals. Overhulse was the top winner earning $195 for winning three poker hands. Pat Ruck won two and split one earning $162.50. Gypsy Orth earned two poker wins to pocket $130.
Bowlers had to achieve scores related to their average to earn a place in two sets of poker games following bowling to get a share of $988. Those who did not achieve the necessary scores competed in consolation poker games. Other winners included Jason Ostrosky, Bob Desmond, Adam Dilsaver and Brian Close. Hand winners at the consolation table included Jason Slough, Denise Miller and Randy Adams.
In Friday's tournament finale, the bowlers tried to score nine pins on the first ball with nothing else mattering. The most 9-counts in each game was worth $80. McCarthy won the first game and finished with 12 nines on the night to win the top prize of $170, boosting her total to $250. Bonnie Carrington won the third game, totaling 10 nines to take second place for a $140 total. Ron May took the second game.
Hock/Miller results: Brad Simon won both the Vinny Hock and Randy Miller tournaments on May 1 at Al-Mar. He defeated Pancha Melendrez in a joint final 267-242 to claim the Miller title and 288-245 with handicap to claim the Hock title. It was the first time the same bowler won both events.
Although no prize money was involved, all proceeds were donated to the youth bowling program in Bowling Green.
Simon was the top qualifier in the Hock event with a handicap total of 902. Melendrez was the top seed for the Miller event with her 888 series. Both events used no-tap scoring where nine pins on the first ball is counted as a strike.
In the Miller stepladder finals, Bill Wammes defeated Bill Schumacher 300-233, before losing to third-seed Simon, 300-277. Simon then edged Paul Overhulse 300-298 in the semifinals.
In the Hock stepladder, Trenton Reynolds topped Mark Wolford 289-279, before losing to third-seed Melendrez, 304-253. Melendrez also beat Overhulse in the semifinals, 304-218.
Simon will receive a shirt to commemorate his wins.

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