There are people who have an impact on the game, and then there are those who change the game. Mark Roth changed the sport of bowling. However, the PBA Hall of Famer suffered a stroke in June.
His medical bills have been piling up,and as a testimony to his impact on bowling, folks from all over the country have been raising money to help. Midlands-area bowlers will have their chance to help.
Royal Z Lanes will host the Mark Roth Charity Tournament on Dec. 26. It has a unique format, with bowlers competing in singles and doubles simultaneously.
The doubles portion of the tournament will pair an over-50 player with a under-50 player. The entry fee is $100 for singles and $75 per person for doubles. Check-in time is 11 a.m. with the tournament starting at noon.
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There will be raffles held for merchandise, with proceeds benefiting the Mark Roth Charity.
Bellinger Big Dawg. The 15th annual Bellinger Big Dawg Tournament will take place Dec. 27 at Anchor Lanes in Irmo. The event features some of the best bowlers from the Southeast.
There should be plenty of PBA regional players as well as a couple of national touring players on hand. The competitors will bowl eight games across 16 lanes. The entry fee is $85, and check-in time is 9:30 a.m.
Monday Night Scratch Sweeper. Ken Foy averaged 250 for four games to win the most recent Monday Night Scratch Sweeper at Anchor Lanes. Ken Jones finished second, with Jerry Horn and Ax Blackwell rounding out the top four.
The points leader is Phillip Hudak, with Foy taking over second place. Joe Penvose and Justin Addy hold the third and fourth spots, respectively
The next sweeper will take place at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 14. The entry fee is $30.
TSR Youth Scratch tournaments. The Timothy Spencer Rice Scratch youth scholarship tournaments paid a visit to Sandpiper Lanes in Charleston on Nov. 13-14.
In the boys division, Brett Baker of Powder Springs, Ga., defeated Charlotte's Connor Pickford in the final. Anthony Todd of Myrtle Beach took the third spot. Charleston's Cody Moran and David Hensel of Fort Mill rounded out the top five. Dustin Gibson of Gastonia took high-game honors with a 300.
In the girls division, Kathleen Morris of Summerville won the title by defeating Amber Ottilige of Fayetteville. Kristin Shinn of West Columbia was third. Morris took high-game honors with a 269.
The next tournament will take place this weekend in Little River.