As April draws to a close and most fall-winter leagues have ended or are nearing conclusion, summer leagues aren’t far behind. And indeed, it’s the time of year when all seven bowling centers in the Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte County area are organizing and seeking bowlers for their short-season summer leagues.
Whether you are a novice or an experienced player looking to step up your game, joining a summer league can provide a viable option. Leagues are currently forming, so now is the time for prospective participants to formulate plans.
Among the many advantages to joining one or more summer leagues are a shorter season (normally around 14 weeks), more emphasis on fun as compared to competition (a plus for new or inexperienced players), and a cool atmosphere during the hot Florida summer months.
Rain or shine, bowling can help deal with any summer doldrums, and bowlers of advanced skill levels can utilize summer leagues to learn or expand techniques or to try different things — including balls (and other equipment), along with possible changes in approach, delivery and hand position.
On the other hand, those who have never bowled in organized competition may wonder what it would be like to do so, and they may have questions about what a league really is and how they would potentially benefit from the experience. League bowlers consist of people of all age groups, all walks of life, and all levels of athletic skills, and a summer session may provide a fine opportunity for someone to try a league for the first time.
Summer league openings exist at each of the area bowling establishments, and every center offers a Web site that offers information regarding such leagues. For league sign-ups, contact information and registration forms, click on the name of a center where you might want to bowl, or you may call any of them at the phone numbers provided below.
- SARASOTA LANES … 2250 Fruitville Road, Sarasota 34237 … (941) 955-7629
- AMF GULF GATE … 7221 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34231 … (941) 921-4447
- AMF BRADENTON… 4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton 34210 … (941) 758-8838
- AMF VENICE … 1100 U.S. 41 Bypass South, Venice 34292 … (941) 484-0666
- ENGLEWOOD BOWL … 299 S. Indiana Avenue, Englewood 34223 … (941) 474-5400
- TREASURE LANES … 1059 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte 33953 … (941) 625-3930
- BOWLAND PORT CHARLOTTE … 3192 NE Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte 33952 … (941) 625-4794
Gustke and Segar extend impressive USBC Open longevity streaks
Two area bowlers — Paul Gustke of Sarasota and Mac Segar of Osprey — added to their impressive longevity strings in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in El Paso, Texas, last week.
For Gustke, 83, the tourney marked his 57th ABC/USBC appearance, while Segar, 82, made his 51st consecutive trip down Center Aisle at the El Paso Convention Center. Both players relocated to the area about two decades ago, with Gustke moving from the Chicago area and Segar coming from Connecticut.
Gustke finished his 2015 tournament with 500 in team, 502 in doubles and 497 in singles for a 1,499 all-events total, while Segar finished with an all-events score of 1,415 after rolling 446 in team, 496 in doubles and 473 in singles.
Both continue to relish the tournament experience, and neither have any intention of hanging up their bowling shoes or curtailing their national tournament participation any time soon.
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