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Senior event is stumped by light turnout

By PHIL GULICK, Times Correspondent
Published December 12, 2003

"Where are all the seniors?" asked Don Hamilton, president of the St. Petersburg Association.

Indeed. The first weekend of the association's fourth annual Senior Tournament attracted only nine teams at Seminole Lanes.

"We have given them a good tournament the past four years and still they don't show," Hamilton said. "Granted, we can't pay much, but if they'd turn out, we'd have a bigger prize fund."

With the number of large senior men's leagues in the county, especially the Florida Senior Stars Traveling League, it is surprising more players don't appear for this tourney.

The registration fees are reasonable, $15 per competitor per event and $5 for all-events entry. A few women turned out for the ABCWIBC sanctioned tournament.

Sam Morrison led the super seniors' singles (65-and-older), regular doubles and all-events competition. He nailed a 733 in singles, teamed with Louis Dixey for a 1,507 in doubles and heads the all-events with a 2,221 pinfall.

J.C. Smith was second in singles with a 718 and Jerry Krauss third at 714. Carolyn Morrison held fifth place with a 699 series.

Gary Zaleski grabbed the regular singles lead with a 738, and he was followed by Clay Hatfield at 729 and Philip James at 703. Anne Jones was fourth with a 699 and Karen Paramore 10th with a 610 series.

Defending doubles champions Bill Zuben and Phil Gulick were second at 1,480. Trailing were Kent Worrall and Hamilton at 1,457 and Herbert Johnson and Jim Higdon fourth at 1,432. Hamilton rolled a 279 game.

Karen and Charles Paramore stood in eighth place at 1,324, and Joan and Richard Czeck were 10th at 1,316.

Saturn led the team event with a 2,690 pinfall. Its members are John Hahmann, Sam Oliverio, Joe Haught and Jack Stewart. Keglers "R" Us was second at 2,657 with Clay Hatfield, Don Vauiso, Stan Dzierba and Gary Zaleski. Ten-N-Pit was third at 2,617.

The tourney ends this weekend. Singles competition is divided into A Division for players 55-64 and B Division for individuals 65-and-older. Four-person squads and doubles are 55-and-older. For information, call the center, (727) 392-2271. The tournament honors the late Harry Beierlein, who contributed much to the local bowling community for more than 40 years.

TEAM CHALLENGE SET: The ABCb.line World Team Challenge Grand Championship starts today with 25 of the nation's top teams vying for the title at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas.

Two squads from the two stops at Seminole Lanes earlier this year are in the field. The Sign Producers of Winter Garden and Kegel Training Center from Wauchula won titles in February and September.

Sign Producers, a two-time winner at Seminole Lanes, features Bob Handley, Mark Scime, Ed Oaks and Larry and Tony Biondi. They won the February event. Larry Barwick, Ken Fishman, J.J. Hilbert, David Tessman and John Janawicz make up the Kegel squad that won the September stop.

Each winner of the 16 national qualifiers earned expense-paid trips to Las Vegas, a cash payoff and merchandise. Nine non-winning teams paid their way into the championship.

The World Team Challenge has been at Seminole Lanes since 1993 and probably will return next year.

GLASCOW WINNER: St. Petersburg's Keith Glascow ripped through four opponents to win the Nick Francis' Eliminator Five-Game Shootout at Tarpon Lanes. Glascow, a left-hander, defeated right-handers Lou Alessi (258-214), Joe Riendeau (246-227), Mike Foster (290-199) and Chuck Souzer, the top qualifier, 214-177. Scott Howard rolled a 300 game during qualifying.

The series resumes Jan. 4 at AMF Clearwater Lanes.

AROUND THE LANES: High scorers - Steve Felsman, 300-777, and Dave Kampman, 300-787, at Seminole; Rusty Genevie, 299-824, Countryside; James Sperry, 290-623, AMF Clearwater; and Mark Shuman, 300-661, Dunedin. ... The Spring High School League begins Jan. 14. It is open to all Pinellas County prep players. For information, call Pat Scanlon, (727) 460-3185; or Ray Durbin, 796-5621. ... AMF Clearwater Lanes will have its Santa Claus Open on Dec. 27-28. The entry fees are $50 and $25, depending on divisions. Competition will be over Sport Shot lane conditions. For information, call Elaine Wilhelm, (727) 461-2511.

- Phil Gulick can be reached at

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