Tight competition dominates the 54th annual St. Petersburg Women's Bowling Association City Tournament, which ends this weekend at Twedt's Lanes.
Only four pins separate the singles leader from the runner-up, and five pins separate the team leader from its closest pursuer. Others will shoot to beat them all this weekend.
Joanne Sahner of St. Petersburg leads the singles with an 803 handicap series, and Klaara Bartley is close behind at 801. Sahner rolled a pair of 200 games and added 213 handicap pins. Bartley's high game was 189 and she got 273 handicap pins. Bartley also heads the all-events with a 2,306 pinfall.
Dolores Nizen and Gertrude Bevilacqua are the doubles leaders with a 1,438 total, only five pins better than Janet Pauley and Wanda Rottloff. Thelma Howe and Debby Erwin are two pins back in third at 1,431.
In team competition, La Rose Fiberglass leads with a 3,520 total, with the Attitudes in second at 3,447. Catherine Walter, Debra Burger, Delphina Odbert, Patty O'Brien and Nancy La Rose are the La Rose Fiberglass squad.
Emily Javier's 246 is the high game so far for the tournament.
DOUBLE WINNERS: Clearwater's Laurie Moss and Laura May-Mosley were double winners as the Clearwater Women's Bowling Association City Tournament ended a two-weekend stand at Countryside Lanes.
Moss captured the Division II singles title with a 700 series, which helped her to a pinfall of 2,115 and the all-events crown. May-Mosley won the Division I singles with her first-week 754 series, and her 2,002 pinfall also won the all-events title.
Sara Carrillo and Jeri Beazel rolled a 1,308 to win the Division I doubles crown. Penny Brouty and Florence Middleton captured the Division II title with a 1,300 total.
The Trophy Hunters held their first-week lead of 3,156 pins to take the Division I team title, while Entry No. 39 captured the Division II crown with a 3,093.
NABI WINNER: Seminole's Don Schoenberg beat St. Petersburg's James Jackson 204-182 to win his first NABI title and $1,000 Sunday at AMF Clearwater Lanes.
Clearwater's Heidi Cairl finished third, Holiday's Bud Shane was fourth and Dunedin's Ron Vassallo finished fifth.
The event celebrated the first year of the revived NABI, under Larry and Debbie Roesler, and more than 100 bowlers competed.
NABI will be at Southland Lanes this weekend with entry fees of $35 pre-paid or $40 on-site.
300 DELUGE: So many 300 games, and a couple of 800 series, were rolled recently, they deserve special mention.
Dave Eidys Sr. recorded a 286-829, Mark Dapice fired a 300-756, Mike Yates nailed a 300-667 and Mike McMahan managed a 300-648, all at Crossroads Kenneth City Bowl. Scott Rowe fired a 300-686, Mark Mugavero rolled a 299-704 and Robin Hood had a 299-723 at Seminole Lanes.
Ken Ellis rolled a 300-721 at Dunedin Lanes and Ron Maniscalco recorded a 300-756 at Rainbow Lanes.
St. Petersburg's Jack Runkle, who holds a very low PBA card number, fired an 837 series, his first career 800, last week at Sunshine Bowl.
AROUND THE LANES: Largo Lanes is offering a scratch sweeper April 6 with a $50 entry fee and $1,000 to the winner. The ABC honored the St. Petersburg Men's Bowling Association for outstanding public relations achievements during the 1995-96 season. AMF Bowling Worldwide signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with the Sam's Town LPBT, adding $750,000 to the tour, which already had Sam's Town backing.
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