With the 27th annual Citrus County Women's Bowling Association Championship in the record books, it's time to turn attention to the 28th installment. A change may be in the works for 1995, according to association secretary Carol Weeden.
"We may go to four-man teams next year as most leagues have four members," Weeden said following completion of the 27th tournament on Feb. 27. "Very few leagues have five-member teams, and those four often have a hard time finding a fifth for the tournament now. (The possible change) is just in the talking stage for next year."
Numbers were down from 72 teams last year to 56 this year, but the competition was no less spirited with fewer than 200 pins separating the top four squads.
Singles and doubles were contested at Steve Neff Lanes in Homosassa Springs, and teams competed at Parkview Lanes in Holder. Here's how things wound up:
Team event _ Miracle Mix (Rosemarie Lick, Dorothy Gorenski, Denise Geho, Margaret Cappelleri, Frieda Roth) led the field with a handicap score of 3,216. Second place went to Marion's Marauders (Dorothy Lenoce, Jewell Dixon, Mary Lynch, Linda Sauve, Jackie Potts) with 3,068, and 9 and a Wiggle (Betty Berbert, Sharon Holder, Jane Broomsmith, Cheryl Sears, Carla Schrock) was third at 3,057. The fourth-place team was Classy Lassies Too (Sandy Bosco, Pat Hollop, Ethel Reed, Donna Spaulding, Mary Lewis) with 3,042.
Bad Company (June Johnson, Florence Jones, Kathy Frisbie, Shannon Burns, Joann Andrews) received a trophy for the best scratch score of 2,508.
Doubles _ Brenda Bullion and Denise Hembree set the pace among 137 teams with a handicap total of 1,347. They escaped strong challenges from runners-up Shannon Burns and Kathy Frisbie at 1,318, and Karlena Vangel and Susan Bucko with 1,307.
Louise Clegg and Bertha Podwys edged out Dorothy Gorenski and Diane Stanley for the fourth position 1,299-1,298.
Bullion and Hembree also posted the best scratch score of 1,202.
"Bullion bowled a 267 game and had her first 600 series," Weeden said. "She'll receive a bar from the association and patch from WIBC (for the 600 series)."
Singles _ Cathy Ludwick outdueled Frances Mooney 728-724 for the top spot among 265 singles entrants, although Marty Perry was within striking distance at 714. Theresa Miller came in fourth at 699, while Alice Neal and Betty Berbert tied for fifth with 698.
Neal was the scratch winner with a 609.
All events _ Neal took handicap honors with her 1,958 score. Cathy Pearson was second at 1,942, two pins ahead of Cathy Ludwick.
A 1,763 total made Hembree the scratch winner. Pearson was second there, too, with 1,756, and Neal placed third at 1,691.
Kemp gets ring: Citrus Springs' Lenard Kemp received a ring from the American Bowling Congress last Wednesday night before competing in the men's league at Parkview Lanes in Holder.
Ron Templeton and K.E. Conrad, local representatives for ABC, presented Kemp with the ring in recognition of his 300 game on Dec. 15.
"It was the first ring for (Kemp) and for our center, which is 13 years old," said Parkview Lanes co-owner C.H. Crockett. "Len was very pleased and excited. He hopes to go out and duplicate the feat one of these days and perhaps shoot an 800 series. He's the holder of the high 700 series here with a 755 last month."
Baker tourney coming: Parkview Lanes and Sportsmen's Bowl in Inverness soon will begin a Baker Challenge tournament for their league members.
Crockett said it's hoped there will be at least four five-member teams from each house for the event, to be held every Friday at 9:30 p.m.
Bowlers may register at either center. Parkview Lanes will hold the first event April 1 and Sportsmen's Bowl plays host April 8.
The cost is $15 per bowler per night. Registration is for two weeks at a time.
Call Parkview Lanes at 489-6933 or Sportsmen's Bowl at 726-2873 for more information.
Doubleheader draws 25: Sportsmen's Bowl conducted two tournaments on Feb. 25, a five-game scratch Baker system event that drew six teams and a five-game handicap singles tournament afterward that attracted 19 bowlers.
Billy Liik, Bobby Wear, Joe Seaman, John Saltmarsh and Richard Weydant teamed for a winning 1,276 total in the Baker tournament. Pam Mys, Nelson Mys, Russ Housman, Steven DiFiore and Chuck Clouse took second with 1,249.
Pam Mys went on to win the handicap singles tournament with a 1,068 score. Jack Randazzo Jr. and Bob Ryan tied for the runner-up spot at 1,040.
NABI event in Citrus: NABI of Central Florida has three events left as the winter tour winds down, and one of those is scheduled this weekend at Steve Neff Lanes in Homosassa Springs.
The annual NABI membership fee is $25 and there's a $35 squad fee in most individual events, including the Neff tournament, which will double as a Brunswick Rhino-Pro Shoot-Out qualifier. There's an extra $5 fee for those wishing to compete in the Rhino portion of the tournament.
"The high male and high female qualifier will each be seeded into the semifinals of the Rhino Shoot-Out Memorial Day Weekend tournament," NABI area director Dottie Gifford said. "That tournament probably will be held at Putnam Lanes in Palatka."
Gifford said anyone wanting to enter the tournament this weekend may contact Steve Neff Lanes house representatives Jim or Terry Hunter at (904) 628-3552.
YABA tourney: YABA bowlers from Citrus County are invited to compete in a Baker Doubles tournament at Manatee Lanes on March 12 at 1 p.m. Cost is $2 per bowler.
Call 795-4546 for more information.
Manatee notes: Manatee Lanes will offer a new Learn-to-Bowl class beginning today and continuing through April 18 on Mondays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Cost is $7 per week. New bowlers will receive a free ball at the end of the seven-week class.
Qualifying is being held now through the end of April for the Bud Light Tournament. Participants pay an extra $1 during league play and the male and female bowler who wind up with the most pins over average will have their names submitted to Budweiser.
Budweiser, in turn, will take the highest male and female scorers from the Southeast region and provide an expenses-paid trip to St. Louis for a mixed doubles national final with four Hall of Fame partners early next year.
Women also may try to qualify through league play or open bowling for the Avon Beauty Bowling Classic. Each bowler receives a scorecard on which she must get strikes in certain areas in order to spell out A-V-O-N during three games. There is no added charge. The qualifying period continues until March 27, and any woman at least 18 years old and a high school graduate is eligible to participate.
Avon qualifiers go on to a house rolloff April 9 or April 16 for a $6 fee, 50 cents of which goes to breast cancer research, according to Manatee Lanes league director Cathy Pearson.
Format for the three-game house rolloff is unusual. Game one will be one ball per frame in which bowlers must knock down an odd number of pins for a score or they get a zero. Game two will be the opposite _ one ball for an even count. The third game is 9-pin, no-tap.
In-house winners will have their names submitted to Avon headquarters in Arlington, Texas. Avon will announce regional winners by May 17, with those bowlers eligible to compete in the national finals during the first week of October in the women's division of the BPAA U.S. Open.
Call 795-4546 for details on any of the above.