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Free youth clinics set at Hudson Bowl

New and experienced junior bowlers 18 and younger get an opportunity to learn the game or improve their scores at two free clinics at Hudson Bowl.

The first is Monday from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. The session will be repeated on March 14 at the same time. The clinics will focus on the basics, spare shooting and striking power.

"We saw these classes as an opportunity to introduce kids to a great sport and at the same time give those juniors already bowling a chance to improve," said Ron Woods, Hudson Bowl owner.

The classes are free to the first 52 registered bowlers, and more information can be obtained by calling the center at 863-5481.

Hudson Bowl also is the site of the PBA Southern Regional tournament April 2-3. The event was moved from the New Year's Day dates because Woods felt it would draw larger fields away from the holidays.

A sweeper for spots in the regional tournament field is slated March 20 at 8:30 p.m. with a $50 entry fee. One in 10 bowlers will win the berths, and non-qualifiers receive entries into the pro-am.

The pro-am is April 1 with a $15 entry fee for regular bowlers, $10 for juniors and $9 for seniors. It will be a nine-pin, no-tap event starting at 9 a.m.

ABC update: Z's Pro Shop No. 1 from Fargo, N.D., took over the regular team lead with a 3,194 pinfall, four pins more than previous leader Hack's Sports Specialties of Cincinnati.

The 774 series by Longwood's Todd Agee still holds the singles lead as the 91st annual ABC Tournament moves into its third week at Mobile, Ala.

Robert Smith and Rick Barbaria of Laguna Hills, Calif., are the new doubles leaders with a 1,437. Mostly Rednecks of Franklinton, La., leads booster teams with a 2,794.

The convention begins March 18 and the tournament runs through June 13.

Team USA still open: Qualifying for Team USA-95 will continue until May 31 at participating Suncoast centers.

Bowlers may become eligible through a local qualifier set up by the center. Anyone can stage a qualifier as long as six entries are made with a minimum of eight games. Entry fee is $10, and re-entries are allowed.

The state finals will be held at Brandon Crossroads Bowl on July 16-17. At least two bowlers, a male and female, will advance to the U.S. National Amateur Championships from which Team USA-95 will be determined.

Five hot men: The Hurst Bowling Supplies five-man team from Luzerne, Pa., last week broke an ABC record many bowlers thought might never be topped. The squad combined for a 3,868 series, breaking the famed St. Louis Budweiser team's 1958 mark by 10 pins.

The record-setting team was Bob Buckery (754), Carmen Marsit (770), Howard Holly (738), Jeff Piatt (810) and Brian Snear (796). The Bud team was made up of ABC Hall of Famers Don Carter, Ray Bluth, Pat Patterson, Tom Hennessey and Dick Weber.

A kid's game? Robbie Barnett, 14, rolled 11 strikes in a row and ended with a 279-601 during his YABA competition at Lane-Glo Bowl last week. Barnett's previous high game was a 251 and he has a 637 high series. He's a freshman at River Ridge High and carries a 165 average.

Last year, Barnett took a YABA coaching course that certified him to guide his younger friends.

More than 60 junior bowlers from the center have qualified for the Coca-Cola Youth Championships in Winter Haven next month.