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Perfect game is right up her alley

By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 29, 2002

Kim Mullis knows how to bowl. The 38-year-old Citrus County School Board employee hit the lanes 22 years ago and carries a 182 average.

But it wasn't until Sept. 16 at Neffer's Bowling in Homosassa that Mullis rolled her first 300 game.

"When I let (the 12th strike) go, I thought I missed my mark," Mullis said. "I wasn't sure if it would come into the pocket, but it did."

After nailing the final strike, the mother of two said she fell into her husband's arms. Mullis' previous best was 268.

"I was pretty calm, but in the ninth frame I started thinking, "I can do this,' " Mullis said. "Everybody was keeping me preoccupied so I wouldn't think about it. But it was in that game when I started getting nervous.

"I've always wanted a 300 game. That's always been one of my goals."

Mullis' next goal: an 800 series. Her best is 736.

"I'm more confident," she said. "I've been more consistent, and that's what my goal is. That and I want to bring my average up."

GOLF: Robert Lange aced the 140-yard fifth at Pine Ridge on Sept. 20. It was witnessed by Kenny Grimes and Sonny Price.

-- The Knights of Columbus, Abbot Francis Sadlier Council 6168 of Beverly Hills, is having its annual Father Willie Mixed Classic Memorial Tournament on Nov. 18 at Pine Ridge Country Club. The four-person scramble begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $35. Proceeds benefit Camp Good Hope, the Hospice bereavement camp for children. For information, call 344-2603.

-- The Ted Williams Museum is having its fourth Splendid Splinter charity tournament Nov. 2 at Skyview at Terra Vista. Proceeds benefit area youth baseball and scholarship programs. The cost is $80. Call 527-6566.

RUNNING: The sixth annual Beat the Sheriff Run is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The 5K charity event begins and ends in front of the new courthouse in Inverness. Early registration is $13, and on site it's $15. Online registration is available at www.active.com. The entry fee for members of the Citrus Road Runners is $11. The Citrus County Sheriff's office will donate the proceeds to Gold Shield Foundation to assist families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty. For information, call 726-4407 or 527-2445.

ODDS AND ENDS: A coed softball league is looking for players 55-and-older. Games are played year-round at Bicentennial Park in Crystal River. For information, call 628-0663. ... Citrus County Parks and Recreation sponsors a men's flag football league that plays every Wednesday night at Beverly Hills Community Center. Call 527-7677.

-- Recreation items can be faxed to 860-7320 or e-mailed to niebuhr@sptimes.com.

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