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Bowlers pile up perfect games at Hudson Bowl's Thanksgiving Scratch Match

Hudson Bowl had its annual Thanksgiving Scratch Match Game Tournament on Nov. 25 with 18 bowlers from the Tampa Bay area taking part. Competitors from Hernando County stole the show.

Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill took first place and did so with an overwhelming effort.

Polizzi tossed an 807 series in the tournament, but that wasn't his biggest achievement. In a field that threw 10 perfect games, Polizzi rolled back-to-back 300s.

Spring Hill's Jason Mahr also tossed a perfect game in his quest for the title, but he came in second to his friend and practice partner.

Hudson Bowl will host another scratch tournament at 10:30 a.m. New Year's Day, when bowlers from all over the region are expected to take part in the center's annual New Year's Day Scratch Hangover Tournament.

500 CLUB TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club had a handicap singles tournament Nov. 20 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

Forty-three members of the club entered the U.S. Bowling Congress-sanctioned tournament and were spread across two divisions. In Division A, entrants with an average above 150 competed, with Ginger Bong (722) winning the title. Bong rolled a 602 scratch series, highlighted by 227 in Game 2.

Bong was the only bowler to finish over 700, earning $38.40 for her effort. Katrina Hamby (691) placed second and received $32.40. Patricia Feole (686) took third place and $26.40 after shooting the best single game in the tournament (245). Virginia Strittmatter (678) won $22.80 for fourth place.

Division B included bowlers with averages below 150. Cathleen Cavanaugh (711) outdistanced the field, tossing the only 200 game in the group with a 222 in Game 1 before finishing with a 552 series and $48.60.

Tina Seeland (658) came in second and earned $40.50, narrowly edging Claudine Goodseal (655), who came in third and won $34.43. Donna Liegel (649), Rosemary Daniels (640) and Yvonne Lovell (623) also placed.

The next 500 Club event will be a doubles handicap tournament on Feb. 19 at Mariner Lanes.

Participants must be members of the Hernando County Women's 500 Club and the Hernando County USBC WBA. Entry forms will be available at Mariner Lanes and Spring Hill Lanes in early January.

For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

HIGH POINT LADIES GOLF: The women of the High Point Ladies Golf League played a competitive round Monday.

The nine-hole competitors dropped their two worst holes before adding up their scores. In Flight A, Helen Reynolds (33) edged Lottie Ward (34). Bernice Skinner (38) won Flight B, and Jean Trant won Flight C.

The 18-hole players were rained out after nine holes, so winners were determined by the number of putts each golfer had. In Flight A, Katie Russell's 12 putts beat the trio of Donna O'Keefe, Dottie Mussatto and Doris Thomas, who all had 16. Linda Roper (16) won Flight B over Anna McGovern.

Three women carded birdies during their abbreviated rounds. Roper shot a 2 on the 116-yard Par 3 first hole. Russell had a 3 on the third hole, a 203-yard Par 4. Bibi Arbona was the other golfer to card a birdie with a 3 on the 200-yard, Par 4 10th hole.

ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Brooksville Rotary Club will have its 34th annual golf tournament Dec. 7 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Players, hole sponsors and raffle items are needed. The cost is $75 per golfer, which includes golf, cart and dinner. Sponsorships start at $150. The field will be capped at 124 players.

For information, call Rob Rogoski or Billy Healis at (352) 799-6974.

TENNIS LESSONS: The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer tennis lessons evenings and weekends at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

Ages 7 and up are welcome. Private lessons cost $30 per hour, with group lessons available at $10 per hour. Among the tennis instructors are Doug Haskedakes and John and Louise Downey.

For information, call (352) 754-4031 or visit

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Bowlers pile up perfect games at Hudson Bowl's Thanksgiving Scratch Match 11/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 5:59pm]
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