Jim Stark of Thayer won the handicap sweeper at Indian Hills Bowl in Ash Flat after defeating Adam Kingsbury of Cherokee Village in the final round of single game elimination Nov. 1.
Thirty-eight bowlers competed for a prize fund of $1,311, with first-place prize money totaling $500, making it the largest prize fund to date for a handicap sweeper event at Indian Hills Bowl.
The field was cut to the top eight scores after five games of competition.
Rick Isley from Batesville came to bowl, firing scratch scores of 288-226-232-255-198. He started and finished as top seed by 72 pins with a 1287 with handicap.
Earl Cali from Thayer finished second, rolling 180-216-242-186-193 for 1212 with handicap.
Third was Jim Stark with games of 169-243-160-180-203 for a 1205.
Fourth was Adam Kingsbury, posting 182-161-231-170-228 for a 1202 with handicap.
Fifth was Derrick Bennett from Thayer, finishing strong with games of 182-129-212-246-222 for a 1171.
Sixth was Grady McMahan from Batesville, who finished strong to make the cut with 174-185-192-190-243 for a total 1168.
Seventh went to Justin Shelton, who started strong and hung in there with games of 244-163-190-170-177 for a total 1164.
Two finishers were in eighth place, forcing a one ball roll off. Bob Eddy was first up after the coin toss and left the 6-9-10. Bill Markham of Hoxie, who just made the cut after firing a scratch 277 in his last game, was up next and rolled a strike to take the eighth-place position.
The cut line was 1157.
The bowlers were then seeded into the single game elimination finals.
After the first game, four bowlers were eliminated.
Eighth place went to McMahan, who took $65.
Seventh place went to Bennett, good for $75.
Sixth place went to Shelton, who finished with $85.
Markham finished fifth and earned $105.
After the second game, two bowlers were eliminated.
Fourth place went to Isley, good for $125, while Cali came in third with $155.
The final game left Stark and Kingsbury. Both bowlers struggled in the early game, but Stark beat out Kingsbury in the second half of the game. Kingsbury received $216 and Stark received $500 plus champion status.