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Presents of perfection

By DEREK LARIVIERE
Published January 9, 2007


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The holidays were kind to the competitors at Beverly Hills Bowl. Two perfect games were tossed at the center over the winter break under different circumstances.

The first came off the hands of Ralph Plemens, a regular in the Midweek Mixers League on Wednesdays at Beverly Hills. Never having shot a 300, he struck gold with his performance on Dec. 20. After starting with games of 195 and 213, the veteran bowler hit a groove on the lanes with a final game 300. The shining moment gave him a 708 series.

The 300 represents Plemens' only U.S. Bowling Congress achievement. Last season, while bowling in the same Midweek Mixers League at Beverly Hills, he averaged a 188 over the course of the season. That score is about where his average has hovered over the past three years while also bowling in some leagues at Manatee Lanes in Crystal River and Sportsmen's Bowl in Inverness.

In 2003, Plemens relocated permanently to Florida from Kingston, Tenn.

Brian Carney, owner of the other perfect game shot at Beverly Hills, is a different story. His achievements on the local lanes have been heralded over the past few years. Seemingly in the midst of his prime on the lanes, Carney's 300 during the Friday Night Match Play League last week capped off his best-ever year.

He finished 2006 with two of his three career perfect games, both of his career 800 series and two 299 games. Carney is competing in three sanctioned leagues in three bowling centers. Besides Beverly Hills, he also is in the Tuesday Men's Handicap League at Manatee and another sanctioned league at AMF Galaxy West Lanes in Marion County.

FATHER/SON SUCCESS: During the Good Times Mixed League at Beverly Hills on Dec. 18, the Farr family enjoyed some real success.

Bruce Farr achieved one of the highest games in the county over the past few weeks with a 268 scratch total that night. The 268 was his first game. He followed that score with a 219 and 178 for a respectable 665 series.

Son Bryan shined a little more consistently, with scores of 259, 206 and 256 that evening. The younger Farr finished with a 721 series, good for third in the county among reporting centers.

Both Farrs have enjoyed their share of the spotlight in bowling before. The elder Farr has two sanctioned 299s under his belt, including one on April 14, 2006. Bruce averaged a 196 in the Good Times League last season, the only sanctioned league he competes in.

In contrast, Bryan competes in four leagues between Beverly Hills and Manatee, but he only has one USBC achievement. He tossed a 290 career high game during the Good Times League on Oct. 24, 2005. Last season, while competing in five leagues across three county bowling centers, Bryan averaged a 190 over 157 games.

 

SCORES

High Scratch Series (Male)

Brian Carney, 747, Beverly Hills Bowl, Friday Match Play

Scott Brown, 739, Sportsmen's Bowl, First Nighters Men

Bryan Farr, 721, Beverly Hills Bowl, Good Times Mixed

Ralph Plemens, 708, Beverly Hills Bowl, Midweek Mixers

Don Griffin, 701, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

Bob Smith, 701, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

High Scratch Series (Female)

Lori Ciquera, 694, Parkview Lanes, Monday Night Special

Melissa Bonnell, 687, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

Melissa Bonnell, 673, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

Sandra Falu, 661, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

Joyce Johnson, 644, Beverly Hills Bowl, Friday Match Play

High Scratch Game (Male)

Ralph Plemens, 300, Beverly Hills Bowl, Midweek Mixers

Brian Carney, 300, Beverly Hills Bowl, Friday Match Play

Bruce Farr, 268, Beverly Hills Bowl, Good Times Mixed

Scott Brown, 267, Sportsmen's Bowl, First Nighters Men

George Markes, 266, Beverly Hills Bowl, Friday Match Play

Don Griffin, 266, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

Bob Smith, 266, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

High Scratch Game (Female)

Dee Smith, 259, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

Sandra Falu, 259, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

Lori Ciquera, 255, Parkview Lanes, Monday Night Special

Melissa Bonnell, 248, Beverly Hills Bowl, Tuesday Night Mixers

Susan Sheehy, 236, Beverly Hills Bowl, Friday Match Play

To Report Scores

Coaches are asked to call 1-800-333-7505, ext. 8123 no later than 11 p.m. each night.

[Last modified January 8, 2007, 23:46:45]


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