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Osborne captures attention at Neffer's

By KRISTEN LEIGH PORTER
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 23, 2003

There's a first time for everything.

When Gary Osborne rolled his 12th strike in a row, it was for his first 300 game since he started bowling as a kid.

Osborne, 59, accomplished the feat at Neffer's Bowling in Homosassa on March 11 in the West Citrus Elks League.

"I never bowled one before, but I had 298 in that league last year," said Osborne, who averages 212.

"I think all 12 strikes, every one of them, was a solid pocket strike," he said. "It was pretty exciting."

Osborne was on lanes 11 and 12. He said everyone stopped to watch once he started getting close to a perfect game.

For his 300, Osborne said he will receive a ring from the American Bowling Congress commemorating his achievement.

But he also was wanting to hit another milestone.

"I had a 782 series that night, and I really was hoping to get an 800 series," Osborne said. "But I'll accept (the 300 game)."

Osborne lives in Homosassa during the winter months and has a home in Kentucky that he goes to around May 1.

WOMEN'S MEETING: The Citrus County Womens' Bowling Association spring membership meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Beverly Hills Bowl.

There will be an election of officers and national delegates.

One of the items up for vote is the reduction of the sanction fee for the county's portion.

There will be discussion of the upcoming vote at Nationals on the single membership proposal.

To contact the association, call (352) 628-4231.

-- Got news? League scores? Please e-mail the information to porter@sptimes.com .

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