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It's "wait 'til next year' for seniors

ABC dues reductions for seniors are still at least a year away.

Last month's ABC convention in Tulsa, Okla., dealt with three amendments that called for reduced dues payments for seniors in ABC leagues. A fourth dealt with competition in unsanctioned seniors leagues. All four were rejected.

The first proposal would have cut annual ABC dues by $1 for bowlers 55 and older. The ABC board recommended rejection, claiming the cut would cost the ABC more than $380,000 a year in lost revenue. The delegates agreed.

Another rejected proposal would have given seniors 55 and older who bowl in senior leagues a 10 percent ABC dues reduction. The ABC noted that associations comprising about 60 percent of its membership already offer senior discounts.

The third proposal would have waived national dues for members 65 and older. Again, the ABC said that would reduce its revenues in excess of $900,000 annually. It also was rejected.

The fourth proposal would have allowed association members to compete in unsanctioned seniors leagues. ABC officials replied that a major function of local associations was to promote sanctioning.

Although the senior discount proposals were defeated, relief might be on the horizon, as the ABC continues its senior discount test programs in Pasco and Pinellas counties and in Sun City, Ariz.

Among amendments passed at last month's convention were that prize and expense fees in all national tournaments be set by the ABC Finance and Budget Committees as approved by the delegates, and that use of the executive director title be allowed in place of secretary or secretary-treasurer in state and local associations.

Dick Hocking of Inverness was re-elected to another one-year term as a Florida ABC director. Miami's Paul Boller, a familiar face at many local association functions, also was re-elected a state director. Ted F. Melonis of Omaha, Neb., is the new ABC president, and Lawrence Schafer of Macon, Ga., is its new president-elect.

ABC Tournament historic: Five records were set during the 90th annual ABC Championship Tournament that ended June 7 at Tulsa, Okla.

The event saw its first three-way tie in doubles. Bruegger's Bagels No. 1 won the team championship with a record 3,537 total. Jeff Nimke of Kenosha, Wis., set an all-events record with a 2,254. Sam's Town No. 1 of Las Vegas won the team all-events with a record 10,353.

A record 51 perfect games were rolled.

WIBC champions: Toronto's Karen Collura and her mother, Gloria, claimed the Open Division doubles title, and Karen shared the singles crown with Kari Murph of Dayton, Ohio. Both rolled 747 series to give the tournament only its second tie in the singles event.

Pro bowler Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Okla., won the Open Division all-events with a 1,990.

The Untouchables of Mobile, Ala., won the Division II team title, rolling a 2,495 in the last week of competition. Cynthia Hedge of Branford, Conn., took the singles crown with a 637, also during the final week of action.

Only two Florida bowlers cracked the top five in any division. Penny Guinta of Spring Hill finished fourth in Division II all-events with a 1,652; Umatilla's Ellen Blesy was fifth in singles with a 599.

The tournament completed a 61-day run May 31 at Baton Rouge, La., with more than 47,000 women participating.

Mixed tournament opens: The WIBC-ABC National Mixed Team and Doubles Championship opened Friday night at Sunshine Bowl in Pinellas Park and runs daily through July 4.

The third annual event drew 836 team entries, including 152 from St. Petersburg. Teams are composed of two women, two men, and mixed, all bowling handicap. An optional all-events division also will be contested. Entries are closed.

The prize fund is $99,375 and the team winner earns $6,000, doubles champions $3,000. Every state is represented, and Canada is sending eight teams. Florida has 173 team entries and Texas is next with 87.

Bowlers will compete daily with squad times at 9 a.m. (weekends only) and 11:30 a.m., and 2, 5 and 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Cream gets richer: Payoffs in next January's Cream of the Crop Singles and Mixed Doubles Championship at the two Pasco County Lane-Glo centers continue to grow.

The men's singles winner will earn $10,000, the same as last year. However, payoffs for women's singles, mixed doubles and seniors have increased from $6,000 to $7,000. Tournament originator Sal Delise announced the increases last week and also indicated "they may rise even further" as more sponsors are signed.

Chris Langlo, co-owner of Lane-Glo Bowl and Lane-Glo North, also indicated that tournament officials are working with the Pasco County Tourist Council, other community organizations and local television stations to get their backing.

Las Vegas-bound: More than 400 Florida NABI Club members are headed for Las Vegas this week and the 10th annual NABI National Week at the Showboat Hotel and Casino. The tournament started Thursday and runs through June 24, and offers more than $400,000 in prize money.

Around the lanes: The 36th annual Tampa Men's City Match Play Championship ends Sunday at Regal Lanes. The Style Master 300 tournament offers a $10,000 first-place payoff with competition the last weekend of June and the first weekend of July at Brandon Crossroads Bowl.