JIM RUSSO, general manager at Manor Lanes, has expanded the 1991 No-Tap Tournament to include a new handicap team event with a guaranteed $6,000 first-place prize, which will be held at Manor II Lanes in North Tonawanda starting May 2.
The 16th annual Manor No-Tap singles and doubles event will be held at the Tonawanda lanes the weekend of March 30, the earliest in its history, and the combined tournaments' prize money payout is expected to exceed $100,000.
Russo said a record $78,000 was paid to last season's singles and doubles winners, and with the extra added team event, the tourney should pay even more.
The new team event at Manor II only includes any combination of four persons.
It's a handicap event, with handicaps based on 70 percent of the difference between theirs and a 200 average for men and 80 percent of the difference for men. The entry fee is $20 per person, or $80 per team.
In a No-Tap Tournament oddity last spring, Don Watson and Tony Sokryko, two truck drivers from Canada, paired to win the doubles title with a 1,664 total and split $7,000.
"I needed a partner and Sokryko answered the public address announcement at the lanes," said Watson, of Hamilton, who shot 720.
Sokryko, of Mississauga, shot games of 276 and 278 on his way to a 762 series.
The biggest of the local winners at the No-Tap last spring was Lancaster Lanes pro shop operator Mike Mucciaccio.
He won the singles with an 863 for $4,000 and took second in doubles with Pete Cambio Jr. with 1,603 to share $4,500.
Michael Shubert's 759 handicap total took first place, while Nick Koleff Jr.'s 690 high scratch series included a 288 (first 10 strikes) for a ninth-place 726 in the Buffalo Bowling Association's League Officers Tournament at Thruway Lanes.
Schubert is president of the Sunday Early Birds League at Southgate, while Koleff is vice president of the Keystone League at Abbott.
The Buffalo Women's Association and the Erie County Suburban Women's Association co-sponsored the event.
Qualifiers begin today and Sunday and continue next weekend at Airport Lanes for the Amateur Bowlers Association (ABA) tournament, which has $2,000 guaranteed first-place money.
The event, for 195-and-under average bowlers, has three-game qualifiers at 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. today and at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday.
The entry fee is $30 (half-price for first-time ABA members) and the top two from each of the first 14 qualifiers automatically advance to the Dec. 30 finals. Call 632-0655.
Bruce Weinstein, a 166-average right-hander from Getzville, rolled his first career 300 in the Friday Fever at Transit Lanes. Weinstein's previous high single was 237 and his 713 series shattered his personal mark of 589.
Kenmore Lanes is forming a 12-week Bowler Improvement series which will include instructions on mechanics, including approach, delivery, follow through, etc., plus help on the conversion of spares. The weekly 90-minute sessions ($4 per week) will start at 1 p.m. on Jan. 9.
Voelker's pays $100 for the winner of its Tuesday night sweeper (for men and women) that starts with qualifiers at 9:15 p.m.
The entry fee is $10 and handicaps are based on 80 percent of a 200 average. Call 876-6020.
Southgate Lanes, which clinched the Black Velvet All Stars' first-half season title last Saturday, will meet Brierwood at 3 p.m. today at Kenmore Lanes as the traveling league's second-half opens.
Kelly Utnik's clutch 10th-frame strike clinched the title for Southgate. His 708 was high for the day.
The Niagara Falls Men's Bowling Association Masters Tournament begin with qualifiers at 3 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 12.
The finals will be held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at Frontier Lanes in Lewiston. The entry fee is $30 and forms are available at all Niagara Falls area lanes. The winner will receive a paid entry (worth $300) to the ABC Masters in Toledo, Ohio, next March.
Only sanctioned Niagara Falls Association members are eligible to compete.