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Spring Hill senior bowling league puts focus on enjoyment


Most of those who participate in the Friday Senior Men's League at Spring Hill Lanes do so for a variety of reasons.

For every veteran 200-average bowler, there is a retired senior who is just looking for a hobby to keep busy one morning a week. For every guy who competes in this league along with multiple others around the county, there is the guy who just bowls in this one league on this one day.

Looking up and down the standings, the team names range from the sponsored ones such as Snow & Bell Insurance to imaginative, comedic monikers such as the Misfits or the Geezers.

Although the minimum age to qualify is 55, there is no maximum as evidenced by 93-year-old Charlie Watkins who is still going strong week-by-week. As it was, on Nov. 21, the day these photos were taken, Bob Minasian, who only averages 179, shot a U.S. Bowling Congress-sanctioned 278-game for the first time in his life.

"It's all about having a good time out here," league secretary Phil LaRiviere said. "You really need to see these guys every week to appreciate how much fun we really have."

For more information on this league or others, contact Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.

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Spring Hill senior bowling league puts focus on enjoyment 12/03/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:50am]
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