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Pair closes in on 700 series

By DEREK LARIVIERE
Published April 12, 2007


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Two of the county's best female bowlers narrowly missed tossing 700 series last week at Mariner Lanes. Pat Brennan and Nancy Ellison shined in their respective leagues.

On Wednesday evening, Brennan shot 698 in the Seacreatures League at Mariner. Her high scratch game of 257 also topped the county for the week.

Though she has never hit a major U.S. Bowling Congress achievement, Brennan did average 186 while competing in five leagues across the county last season, making her one of the top females to bowl regularly in the area.

Ellison also finished with 698 last week during the Friday Early Mariners League. Her series was led by a 247 high game, good for third overall on that list. New to the area, the Friday night league at Mariner is her first in Florida.

Last season while competing in New York, she averaged 187 while bowling in two leagues at two centers. Her consistency there and instant success since moving to the area shows Ellison should be among the better females on the lanes for some time.

FLORIDA STATE MIXED: Spring Hill Lanes hosted the 18th annual Florida State Mixed Team and Doubles Championships the past three weekends. The event wrapped up Sunday.

A host of locals had solid finishes. Earl and Maida Watkins finished eighth in the doubles competition. With a handicap score of 1,430, the couple finished fewer than 100 pins behind eventual winners Pam Kishbaugh and Stuart Mudge of Oviedo (1,525).

Mary Jo Short, another Hernando County resident, rounded out the top 10 in the total female handicap standings. The standings are calculated by each female's total pins from the doubles and team events. Short finished with a score of 1,382. The top female winner was Dawn Holmes of Port Charlotte (1,483).

Short also finished seventh overall in the scratch standings with a pin total of 1,232. Another local, Melanie O'Grady of New Port Richey, took sixth (1,241). The champion of the scratch competition was Jean Zapulla of Palm Coast (1,392).

Rich Garner, a regular at Spring Hill Lanes, stood out in the scratch male standings, finishing seventh. His score of 1,379 was a solid output. Vernon Peterson of Winter Haven took the scratch male title with a score of 1,446.

Other winners at the event included the team of Murray's Tile from Coconut Creek in the team competition and Manuel Godfrey of Tallahassee in the male handicapped competition.

Scores

High Scratch Series (Male)

Richard Loguidic, 733, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Andy Taddonio, 726, Gator High Rollers, Spring Hill Lanes

Dan Jones, 725, Pin Pals, Spring Hill Lanes

Doug Bolander, 723, HNA Mariner Classic, Mariner Lanes

Phil Ciaccio, 720, HNA Mariner Classic, Mariner Lanes

High Scratch Series (Female)

Pat Brennan, 698, Seacreatures, Mariner Lanes

Nancy Ellison, 698, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Denise Bowers, 616, Wednesday Night Mixers, Spring Hill Lanes

Rhonda Carpenter, 602, Seacreatures, Mariner Lanes

Karann Ditt, 597, Thursday Night Mixed, Spring Hill Lanes

High Scratch Game (Male)

Nick Correa, 289, Gator High Rollers, Spring Hill Lanes

Richard Loguidic, 286, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Adam Butters, 279, Gator High Rollers, Spring Hill Lanes

Dave Mannello, 279, HNA Mariner Classic, Mariner Lanes

Doug Bolander, 279, HNA Mariner Classic, Mariner Lanes

High Scratch Game (Female)

Pat Brennan, 257, Seacreatures, Mariner Lanes

Anita Hearl, 248, Gator High Rollers, Spring Hill Lanes

Nancy Ellison, 247, Friday Early Mariners, Mariner Lanes

Nicholle Frasier, 236, TGIF, Spring Hill Lanes

Rhonda Carpenter, 236, Seacreatures, Mariner Lanes

[Last modified April 11, 2007, 23:44:57]


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