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Another area center adopts pro patterns

By ERIC MUSKATEVC
Published February 25, 2007


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As reported last week, Seminole has been playing the PBA Experience, featuring pro shot patterns. This week, Walt Coddington, one of the area's better bowlers, is proud to report Countryside also has been laying down the pro oils. His favorite, the Chameleon pattern.

The Chameleon is the known preference of Jason Couch and Patrick Allen, both taking their most recent titles on that surface. Bowling four game blocks each week, Coddington has put together series totals of 831 and 896 for highs. Averaging 237 and 234 on house, 216 on pro, he has yet to go below 200, with a high of 265, and has had his splits and open frames but loves the challenge.

"It really forces you to make good shots, so your timing and speed are so critical," Coddington said. "You have to be able to swing it out or go straight up the boards."

For the next two weeks Countryside will bowl the Cheetah pattern, played way outside between the gutter and the first arrow. The pressure is on to adjust swing, speed and hand position, humbling even the best.

"It will be interesting to see how many bowlers go too wide with their shots. There is no room to swing the ball out there," Coddington said.

The league bowls Sunday nights at 7.

TOC: A total of 28 teams from Countryside, Dunedin, Clearwater and Tarpon Springs squared off in the 47th annual Tournament of Champions on Jan. 27-28. Coming together for a win in the handicapped Division A team event were C-siders Kaylee Magazine, Michael Wiszowaty, Jay Zuerndorfer and Amanda Tassillo. Also from Countryside, Division B handicapped winners Tom Halchak, Jack Ecob, Brian Perconti and Kelly Fecke, and Division AA scratch winners Jacob Freifeld, Vinny Sadowski, Louis Sadowski, Joseph May. Individual all-events winners were Tassillo (A) in the girls handicapped and Fecke (AA) in scratch. For the boys, Zuerndorfer (A) won handicapped and May (AA) was the scratch champ.

SPRING SWING: ESPN color analyst and 13-time tour titlist Randy Pedersen spent Tuesday afternoon bowling with stars of another sport. Pedersen met up with five members of the Philadelphia Phillies at Liberty. The do their spring training in Clearwater. Pedersen gave lessons to 2006 National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Howard as well as shortstop Jimmy Rollins and outfielders Chris Roberson, Aaron Rowand and Shane Victorino.

NABI: Tampa's Mark Merrill continues to dominate the tour, including last weekend's first-place prize of $100 at AMF Venice for Club 577. Averaging 193, he defeated Scott Cranford 246-229.

PBA: Coming into last week's Go RVing Classic at Council Bluffs, Iowa, just three top seeds had won a stepladder final in the past three seasons, and in all three Patrick Allen was the loser in the title match. As Allen was third heading into the position round lastFriday night, it looked like that same fate could await him. Instead, Allen fired a 290 to surpass Jason Couch and Riga Kalfas for the top seed, and Allen parlayed that seeding into some stepladder revenge, knocking off Parker Bohn III 218-169 for his ninth career tour title.

The tour returns to Emerson Lanes in Parkersburg, W.Va., this week for the Bayer Classic. The live ESPN finals are today at 12:30 p.m.

CHATTER: Wow, four 800s last week. Starting with Bob Eggert, who was also perfect for 10 frames during his 825 at Dunedin to lead all houses. Also perfect for a game was Liberty's Brent Dewar with an 800 to boot. Liberty's main man Marty Murphy scored a 279/814, and Seminole's Pablo Lakilak knocked out a 276/807.

[Last modified February 24, 2007, 20:53:37]


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