MORE THAN $2,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded at a Junior Holiday Tournament at Braymiller's Lanes in Hamburg. The tournament is co-sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors Association of Western New York and Pepsi-Cola/Buffalo Bottling Company.
There are four scholarships at $500 each available to the senior boys and girls (grades 9 through 12) in the scratch and handicap divisions, said Howard Braymiller, tourney coordinator.
Entries close at midnight Dec. 17 for the event, which has an $8 entry fee for Seniors and Juniors and $5 for Bantams and PeeWees. Also, trophies for the top three finishers will be awarded in all divisions. PeeWee, Bantam, Junior and Senior Handicap division bowlers will receive a handicap based on 90 percent of the difference between their average and 200.
Check with Braymiller's at 649-1413 for starting times for qualifying rounds, which will be daily Dec. 22-28. The finals for seniors will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 29, while the finals for PeeWees and Bantams will be at 9 a.m. Dec. 30, and the finals for Juniors at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 30.
Former Buffalonian Al Runkel, now a Cincinnati financial planner, has some extra cash to work with. He won nearly $30,000 in prize money over a recent two-week period. He picked up $18,000 for a third-place place finish in Cinci's Hoinke Super Classic, then won $11,000 in Rochester's Lilac Scratch Challenge by defeating 17-year-old Brian Himmler, 204-190, in the final. Runkel and Himmler bowl in the same Cincinnati classic leagues. Runkel, who stopped at Southside on his way to Rochester, credited a tip from Southside manager Dave Brown for his recent success. "He (Brown) corrected a flaw in my follow through," said Runkel.
Tonawanda's Brian Eaton won the $1,000 top prize of the Nov. 16 Lilac scratch sweeper at Rochester's Olympic Bowl, while Lackawanna's Chuck Nowak took second money of $700.
Jim Schroeder left a 10-pin on his last ball for a 299 in a 740 series in Jim Schroeder's Seniors at Manor II. . . . Ricky Grant strung 11 strikes then left the 6-10 for a 298 in the Cold Spring Classic at Amherst Lanes. . . . With only two weeks remaining in the first half, the Black Velvet All Stars early season title hasn't been decided. Southgate has a slim lead over Lancaster in the classic league, which bowls at 3:30 this afternoon at Thruway.
Kenmore Lanes is forming several short-season (15 weeks) leagues that will begin in January. Included are a Monday (8:30 or 9:30 p.m.) four-person mixed at $6.50 per person, per week; a Tuesday women's trio (9:30 p.m.) at $6.50 per week; a Thursday men's trio (9:30 p.m.), at $7 per week; plus a 12-week bowler improvement program starting Jan. 9 (1 p.m.) at $4 per week; and two children's after school leagues (4 p.m.) Mondays and Fridays at $4 per week. Call Joanne Ross at 875-5340. . . . Kenmore's Sunday night No Tap begins with four-game qualifiers 9:30 p.m. . . . Phil Robinson shot a 202 triplicate in Kenmore's Mariners. . . . Wimbledon will host its first Amateur Bowlers Association Tournament (for 195-average-and-under handicap bowlers), with $800 guaranteed first-place prize money (based on entries), this weekend. Qualifiers will be at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. today and at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Sunday with the finals at 3:30 p.m. The top two from the first squads (Saturday and Sunday) will automatically be seeded into Sunday's finals. The entry fee is $30, but it's half price for new ABA members.
Southtowns will present its Action Scratch Challenge II starting with practice at 10:30-11 a.m. Sunday. The first-place prize money is $3,500 based on 144 entries. The entry fee is $125, and 100 percent of the prize fund is returned. First qualifying squad is 11 a.m. . . . Southtowns is forming two new leagues, a Friday (7:30 p.m.) men's scratch doubles (395 maximum team average) starting Dec. 14 and a 24-week handicap men's singles league that will bowl at 6:15 p.m. Fridays, starting Dec. 28. Call Jymie Calarco at 649-8100 for details. . . . High school students can bowl for 50 cents a game weekdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Town Edge.