The Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour (LPBT) last week selected Sonny Carr of Athens, Ga., as its new Southeastern Region tournament director. That's good news for Florida women bowlers who are looking for tougher competition on a level just below the women's tour.
Lynn Kenny of Inglis has bowled in a number of tour events and welcomes the revived regionals. "We used to have a few of them around several years ago which were beginning to draw 40-50 bowlers, but they just faded out," she said. "It would be great if we could start them again. The competition is what I'm looking for. The money is not all that great."
There are a number of high-average women bowlers on the North Suncoast, including June Johnson of Inverness and Lori Bonanno of Homosassa.
Carr sounds like he's got the Southeast pretty well set up. "We have seven or eight regionals pretty well set, two of them in Florida," Carr said. "When we finalize them, we hope to have applications for the regionals at major centers in the Southeast."
In recent years, Southeastern women's regionals have been practically non-existent. The men's Southeastern regional is the strongest of the seven nationwide, running an average of 35 tournaments a year.
Regionals would give amateur women bowlers an opportunity to see just how good they are and allow those contemplating an LPBT career to sharpen their games.
Entry fees and sites should be announced in the next three weeks, Carr said. The region covers seven Southeastern states. Interested bowlers may contact Carr at (404) 548-1028 in Athens, Ga.
Meanwhile, the men's Southern Regional Doubles Championship visits Largo Lanes this Friday through Sunday.
Entry fees for Friday night's pro-am are $25 for singles, $45 for teams, $8 for seniors and $7 for juniors. Squad times are noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Team entries are a first for this regional.
Palmetto's Kent Wagner and Sarasota's Gil Sliker won the title last year at Hudson's Leisure Lanes. Tampa's Tom Crites and Wauchula's Larry Barwick are three-time winners and probably will return. More than 150 entries are expected.
WIBC Championship update: There were no lead changes after the seventh week of the competition, which ends June 20.
ABC Tournament update: Tom Howery of Madison, Wisc., took over the All-Events lead with a 2,216 pinfall before the tournament closed May 26.
Projected low to cash in the Regular Team division is 2,800; in the singles it's 585; in doubles, 1,130; and in the All-Events, 1,810.
Gray wins Rainbow NABI: Clearwater's Charlie Gray stopped a streaking Dave Taylor 255-225 in the final match to win the NABI Club event and $1,800 at Rainbow Lanes on Sunday.
Taylor had easily beaten John Belcher, Glen Phillips and Keith Krapfl on his way to the final match. Taylor collected $750. There were 163 entries, 37 semifinalists and the prize fund was $5,908.
Winter Haven's Buck Barnhill won the NABI event at Lakeland on May 27.
NABI is at AMF Clearwater Bowl, Lakeland's Fair Lanes, Sarasota's Galaxy Lanes I and Ocala's Galaxy Lanes IV this weekend.
Women's Southeastern begins: More than 1,200 women from throughout the Southeast are expected when the 30th annual Women's Southeastern Championship opens this weekend in Fort Lauderdale. Team, doubles and singles will be contested. Wanda Crawford, the tournament originator, picked the turtle as the tournament's mascot and emblem, and various Turtle Clubs have sprung up in the Southeast as a spinoff.
Bowlers of the Year: Nominations are open for the 1990-91 Times' Pasco County Amateur Bowlers of the Year. Nominations may be made by any sanctioned Pasco County bowler, league president, secretary or proprietor.
Nominees may be male or female, senior, regular or youth bowlers sanctioned in Pasco County. They must have bowled the full 1990-91 season. There were no awards last season because not enough nominations were received.
Send a short bio on your nominees to: Phil Gulick, 8495 Magnolia Drive, Seminole, FL, 34647. Nominations must be received by July 1.
Around The Lanes: State finals in Team USA competition were held last weekend in Winter Park. The regional site is Montgomery, Ala., on June 29-30.