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Micanopy man lands ABT title

By DEREK LARIVIERE
Published March 9, 2007


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Last weekend the Amateur Bowler's Tour made one of its many area stops at Neffer's Bowl in Homosassa.

A guaranteed pot of $1,000 was on the line and went to Randall Philman of Micanopy.

Philman, 24, outlasted the other 58 entrants and walked away with the lucrative pot. Averaging a 207 for the day, his final pin total of 812 was enough to beat second-place Kevin Willingham of Leesburg ($250).

This is Philman's second career ABT title. He works with a travel partner, Peter Nadeau, and credits their friendship to his success on tour. Nadeau, a Gainesville resident, finished 13th and earned $40.

The ABT will make its way to Leesburg Lanes this weekend.

Travis Neff, a regular at Neffer's, finished in a four-way tie for fifth, taking home $75. He averaged a 219 through the tournament. He was the top local finisher in the field.

NEFF'S STREAK: It is nothing new to see Neff's name peppered up and down the county leaderboard for the week, but it is rare for any bowler to shoot a 278 and 279 in the same week as Neff did last week. And he shot a 279 the week before.

Neff, whose family formerly owned Neffer's Bowl, competes regularly in the Wednesday Night Men's League, Suncoast Mixed League and Monday Nightcrawlers League at the center. Neff enjoy most of his success in the Suncoast Mixed environment, but lately has been racking up high scores every time he touches a ball.

Last week alone, Neff shot two 700 series including a county-leading 782 in the Suncoast Mixed. It is the second week in a row he has led the county with his Friday night series total. The week before he shot 770. Both weeks he tossed a 279 high game.

Neff tossed a 278 high game during the Nightcrawlers League on Monday night before finishing with a 707 pin total. Later in the week in the Wednesday Night Men's League, he shot a high game of 266.

Scores

High Scratch Series (Male)

Travis Neff, 782, Suncoast Mixed, Neffer's Bowl

Matt Briggs, 751, Wednesday Night Men, Neffer's Bowl

Jeff Demott, 749, First Nighter's Men, Sportsmen's Bowl

Mike Allender, 738, Suncoast Mixed, Neffer's Bowl

Steve McCullough, 737, Wednesday Night Men, Neffer's Bowl

High Scratch Series (Female)

Lori Ciquera, 653, Monday Special, Parkview Lanes

Dorine Fugere, 635, Monday Special, Parkview Lanes

Liz Huxley, 617, Tuesday Ladies Competitive, Neffer's Bowl

Judy Timmons, 611, Monday Special, Parkview Lanes

Fran Barlow, 608, Women's Trio, Parkview Lanes

High Scratch Game (Male)

Travis Neff, 279, Suncoast Mixed, Neffer's Bowl

Art Rash, 279, Wednesday Night Men, Neffer's Bowl

Steve McCullough, 278, Wednesday Night Men, Neffer's Bowl

Travis Neff, 278, Nightcrawlers, Neffer's Bowl

Wes Foley, 278, Parkview Owls, Parkview Lanes

High Scratch Game (Female)

Judy Timmons, 257, Monday Special, Parkview Lanes

Liz Huxley, 248, Tuesday Ladies Competitive, Neffer's Bowl

Lori Ciquera, 242, Monday Special, Parkview Lanes

Fran Barlow, 228, Women's Trio, Parkview Lanes

Karen Huscher, 223, Early Birds Ladies, Sportsmen's Bowl

[Last modified March 8, 2007, 21:38:58]


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