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Teams raise nearly $1,600 for Litts scholarship fund

Bowlers had more than scores on their minds when they entered the George Litts Memorial fund-raiser Sunday at Sunshine Bowl.

More than 20 competing teams raised nearly $1,600 for the George Litts Memorial Scholarship tournament, scheduled Sunday at Crossroads Kenneth City Bowl. About 20 youngsters will bowl for the $500 scholarships awarded in the boys and girls divisions.

Put Together won the team title with a 3,297 total, 57 pins better than the Ten Pin Lanes squad. The winning team was composed of Orville Murdock, Mike Fielder, Del Peeno and Sheila and Arnold Bertoncini. Peeno rolled a 692 series and Fielder contributed a 665.

Other men's high scorers were Joey O'Brien with a 692, Derek Dzierba, 690, and Jerry Tippett, 679. Women's high scorers included Tammy Gibson, 637, Kara Tippett, 615, and Bridgitte Mintyer, 593.

The George Litts Memorial Junior Tournament is slated March 20, also at Crossroads. Youngsters had to qualify out of their home centers to compete in this event.

The late George Litts was a strong supporter of the sport in Pinellas County, and was especially fond of advancing the sport among young bowlers. He sponsored a number of adult leagues and contributed generously to youth tournaments.

Corrections: Frank Rodgers finished second in the Pinellas County Senior Match-Play Championship Feb. 27 at Sunshine Bowl. Don Daugherty defeated Rodgers 633-564. Rodgers started his qualifying by defeating Stan Dzierba with a 299-728 series. Rodgers then lost his next double-elimination match to John Hahmann and dropped into the losers bracket. He won three matches, including a rematch win over Hahmann, to advance to the final.

An incorrect spelling had Justin instead of Justine Cameron and Stacy Williams winning the E Division doubles in the Greater Pinellas YABA Championship on Feb. 27.

Women score: Three women gained the finals of the NABI tournament at Sunrise Lanes Feb. 27, won by Clearwater's Debby Whalen.

Clearwater's Mary Jo Janssen finished second, losing to Whalen 204-186 in the final. Theresa Hodge of St. Petersburg was fifth, losing her first match to James Kelley of St. Petersburg 187-186. There were 177 entries.

John Baldetti of Dunedin won the NABI tournament Sunday at AMF Clearwater Lanes, earning $1,000. Clearwater's Teresa Totten was second. The NABI is at Seminole Lanes this weekend.

Sweeper set: Hudson Bowl will host a PBA Southern Regional tournament April 2-3. The event was moved from its long-standing New Year's Day dates because center owner Ron Woods felt it would draw a larger field.

A sweeper for spots in the regional tournament 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 $25 entry fee for regular bowlers, $10 for juniors and $15 for seniors.

Team high: Paul Hampshire rolled a 277, Joe Notz a 278 and Gary Hampshire a 268 for an 823 team game in Southland Lanes' Monday Scratch Classic.

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 leads in singles as the 91st annual ABC Tournament moved 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., kept the booster teams lead with a 2,794.

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

Around the lanes: Don Gray rolled a 300-693 at Countryside Lanes. Mark Dapice nailed a 300-679 at Crossroads Kenneth City Bowl. Toby Perry rolled a 300-681 at Sunshine Bowl. James Ellis recorded a 299-773 at Dunedin Lanes. Stephanie Faul put together a four-game 921 set at Liberty Lanes. Michael Brand of St. Petersburg and Felix Telegdy of Largo compete in the Miller Genuine Draft Doubles Challenge March 18-20 at Reno, Nev. The Clearwater Women's Association championship tournament opens this weekend at Dunedin Lanes. Southland Lanes offers a St. Patrick's Day mixed no-tap tournament March 17 with a $10-per-person entry fee. Dunedin Lanes plans an almost-midnight team tournament March 26 with a $125 team entry fee and $1,000 to the winner, based on 24 teams. The Style Master 300 tournament slated for two weekends beginning March 18 at Seminole Lanes offers a $25,000 payoff to the winner. Tammy Turner of West Palm Beach won her first career LPBT title March 3 in the $50,000 Claremore Classic at Claremore, Okla., and collected $9,000. Palmetto's Lisa Wagner finished 19th.