Skills contests tonight in advance of main event

Published Jul 12, 2018 at 12:00pm

Festivities for the 45th anniversary edition of the World Series of Bocce begin tonight at the Toccolana Club with a kick-off party and skills contests.

All of tonight’s activities start at 6:30 in advance of Friday’s main event:

• The Shock Top spock shot challenge offers $250 for the first place winner, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. There is a $10 entry fee.

• The Ladies Point challenge, sponsored by Carbone, has a $5 entry fee and is open only to women athletes. The first place prize is $150, second place is $50 and third place is $25.

• The Worthington Steel men’s pointing contest costs $5 to enter. Prizes are $150 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third.

The World Series officially gets underway on Friday at 5 p.m. with first-round matches in both the open and women’s divisions immediately following the opening ceremony.

This year’s tournament includes a record 153 teams, including 111 in the open division and 42 in the women’s division.

The 2017 tourney attracted 144 squads. With the large field of teams, tourney organizers have scheduled the last set of opening-night matches for Friday to get started at midnight.

More than $30,000 in prize money will be awarded to winning teams, with a $7,000 prize for the open division champions and $2,200 for the winners of the women’s division.

The tourney continues through the weekend, leading up to the finals on Sunday.

The schedule on Sunday also includes the “Rest of the Best” tournament, sponsored by Turning Stone Resort and Casino. That event is open to the first 16 teams eliminated from the open division and the first eight teams eliminated from the women’s division.