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Spring Hill's Ovesky is quick learner: rolls 300

How many bowlers would you imagine have taken up the game at age 42 and then rolled a 300 two years later?

Not many, probably, though Spring Hill's Craig Ovesky holds the distinction.

Ovesky, a construction superintendent, carries a 174 average in the Joni Classic 725 League at Mariner Lanes that meets each Monday night. Last week, Ovesky had fairly typical games of 162 and 192, but sandwiched between them was his first 300 on lanes 21-22.

"A friend asked me to bowl in a league a couple of years ago and I didn't even own a bowling ball," Ovesky said. "I said "sure' and guess I just got infatuated with it.

"I got lined up on the lanes (in the second game). My ball speed was good, the release good and things happened to work out."

Ovesky is the first left-hander to roll a sanctioned 300 at Mariner Lanes since the house opened in 1989. Right-handers who have rolled perfect games are Kevin Williams (two), Gene Huber Jr. and Bill Masek.

The 654 series for Ovesky was his second-best. He hit a 700 on the nose in January at Mariner Lanes.

Ovesky said he carried two Brooklyn hits in his 300 game. Those came in the fourth and sixth frames.

Testa takes women's event: Norma Testa shot a 706 and won a handicap singles tournament conducted by the Hernando Women's 500 Club on Feb. 27 at Louie's Bowling Center in Brooksville. There were 42 entrants.

Second place went to Phyllis Haight with 675, and Irene Holmes came in third at 663. Rounding out the list of "cashers" were Mary Ann Medeiros, fourth at 650; Sandy Grose, fifth with 640; Pat Guidry, sixth at 638; and Priscilla Richie, seventh with 631.

Testa also shot the high scratch game of 223.

The Hernando 500 Club will have its next tournament May 1 at 2 p.m. at Mariner Lanes. It will be a scotch doubles event.

YABA bowlers to compete for scholarship money: YABA bowlers in Hernando County are invited to enter the Mendes BPAA National Family Tournament, where $26,200 in scholarships will be available at the national finals Aug. 18-21 in Dayton, Ohio.

"This is the only tournament in bowling today that offers a national championship to a family team," Hernando County YABA president Susan Martin said.

YABA bowlers may attempt to qualify during regular Saturday league play in their home house March 12 or March 19. Adults may try to qualify during regular league play in their home houses March 12-25. Adult and YABA bowlers will have their scores combined, with one in five teams advancing to a house rolloff April 9 and 16 at Mariner Lanes, the cost of which is $5. Each two-member team must have at least one bowler who regularly competes at Mariner Lanes.

Top finishers in the Mariner Lanes rolloff will advance to a state event May 15 at Unity Lanes in Zephyrhills.

"This is a chance for our young bowlers to win scholarships on the state level at Zephyrhills, and if they do well there advance to the nationals with their partner," Martin said.

Interested bowlers should sign up at Mariner Lanes even if they don't normally bowl there.

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 call Steve Neff Lanes representatives Jim or Terry Hunter at (904) 628-3552.

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.