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What a night _ Phillips rolls 299, Junkas a 300

Two bowlers heated things up during competition Feb. 16 in the Wednesday Doubles Scratch League at Spring Hill Lanes.

Glenn Phillips rolled a 299 in the second game of the first set that night. Rich Junkas followed a short time later with a 300 in the first game of the second set.

Junkas said he has 22 lifetime 300 games, 12 of them sanctioned.

"It never gets to be old hat especially when you bowl it at a generous house," Junkas said. "The proprietor (at Spring Hill Lanes) gives the bowler a gift certificate for $300, which is something other houses don't do. The money allows me to get extra bowling equipment such as shoes, ball or whatever."

Junkas is a left-hander. He said the only scare he got in his perfect game came on the last shot when he hit a "Brooklyn" in the 1-2 pocket but carried for the strike.

"Glenn (Phillips) left a 9-pin when he got a bad break (in the 299 game)," Junkas said. "I pulled my last shot, but got lucky. Glenn threw a better ball but didn't (get lucky)."

Slaga wins division, moves up: Mariner Lanes' Michael Slaga shot a six-game series of 963 and was the C division winner at a North Suncoast YABA Classic held Feb. 20 at Spring Hill Lanes.

Slaga won't get a chance to defend when the next tournament is conducted March 20 at Lane-Glo North in Port Richey, however. He will move up to the B division, according to North Suncoast YABA Classic tournament director Joy Giardina.

Giardina said bowlers are re-evaluated after every three tournaments, with those showing significant improvement stepping up in class.

C division is for bowlers with averages of 121-140, while B division takes in players averaging 141-160.

Slaga had the second highest game, a 202, in C division at the recent tournament.

Brusati, Phillips win: Bob Brusati and Glenn Phillips won a 12-game scratch doubles tournament that drew 12 teams to Spring Hill Lanes on Feb. 20. Their winning score was 4,989.

Brusati and Phillips took a one-pin lead over John Leverock III and Tony Greco after the 11th game, then pulled ahead in the final game.

Todd Epler and E. Whitaker were runners-up with 4,947, while Leverock and Greco came in third at 4,944. Fourth place went to Doug Bolander and Richard Young with 4,940.

Pitts takes bowl-a-thon: Steve Pitts led a field of 35 keglers with a 2,379 total, giving him the $150 top prize and a trophy in a 10-game bowl-a-thon held Feb. 20 at Louie's Bowling Center in Brooksville.

Nelson Mys came in second with 2,350 and earned $100. Other bowlers to cash were Gary Cook, $75 for third with 2,348; Lloyd Black, $45 for fourth with 2,250; Mike Gaudig, $30 for fifth with 2,236; and Rick Holland, $25 for sixth with 2,227.

Six-house event set: Spring Hill Lanes once again will take part in the fifth annual Upper Suncoast Six-House Doubles Scratch Championship this weekend.

The tournament is open to men and women forming any combination of two-person teams so long as they don't exceed a combined average of 420. Entry fee is $80 per person.

Each bowler will roll four games at each house according to the following schedule: Saturday _ Leisure Lanes at 10 a.m., Hudson Bowl at 12:30 p.m., and Spring Hill Lanes at 3:30 p.m.; Sunday _ Lane-Glo North at 10 a.m., Harbor Lanes at 12:30 p.m., and Lane-Glo Bowl at 3:30 p.m.

Entries close Saturday and prizes, assuming at least 25 teams, will be $800 for first, $500 for second, $270 for third, $220 for fourth, and $160 for fifth. High doubles game and series in each house also is worth $50.

Pick up entry forms at participating bowling centers. Call tournament director Chuck Kunde at (813) 376-1164 for more information.

Collins breaks through: Lecanto's Craig Collins isn't ready to give up his wholesale nursery business to bowl full time, but finding a sponsor would send him out on the road more often. The sponsor might like the return as well since Collins picked up the $1,000 top prize Feb. 19 in a Style Master 300 Scratch Tournament at AMF University Bowl in Tampa.

The tournament drew 99 bowlers, who first had to make it through four qualifying games. Collins rolled scores of 211, 184, 167 and 211 for a 773 total that wasn't enough to advance. But he went through a second qualifier and connected for games of 243, 225, 246 and 259 for a 973 that put him in the fifth round.

"I changed equipment and went to more of a swing attack, whereas I was playing down and in to start," Collins said. "I also went with another resin ball, which gave me a different leverage weight."

Round five involved a match against Lakeland's Bryant Ashley, which Collins won 279-247. Collins then beat St. Petersburg's Keith Glasgow 201-175 to advance to the championship match against David Spoor of Orlando. Collins topped Spoor 258-204.

"Craig went spare, spare, seven-bagger and it was done," tournament director Steve Lavoie said of the title match.

Collins also earned $500 as the runner-up in a NABI of Orlando Tournament Feb. 12-13 at Brunswick Wekiva Lanes in Apopka. He was the top seed going into the finals, but lost the championship match 223-175 to Orlando's Chaz Morrow.