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Mariner a perfect place for 11 bowlers


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 4, 2001

Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill has been home to 11 perfect games since October, including four from the center's YABA Junior Olympic Gold league.

Reggie Nelson was the latest to join the list, bowling his perfect game Sunday in the Olympic Gold league. Fellow junior bowlers Jeremy Brunsink and James Sauer had 300s in December, and Ryan Coy started off the spree in October.

Pro shop owner Bill Smith had a 300 on Jan. 3 in Mariner's Contractors league, which saw Sandy Presnell produce a perfect performance in December and Michael Cooper in October.

The center's SunTrust Classic league had perfect games Oct. 16 from Steve Peck and Bob Brunkard. Rounding out the 300s were Bill Halaby Jr. on Jan. 3 in the Mix & Match league and Chris Bernhardt on Nov.3 in the Ball & Chain.

The county has seen its share of near-misses as well. Bob Morrison and Tommy Conlisk Jr. recently rolled 299 games at Mariner, and Spring Hill Lanes has produced a few promising starts. Two weeks ago, Todd Jufko of the Primetimers league and Jay Tinkham of the Youth/Adult had perfect games going into their final ball. Jufko finished with a 297 as part of a 752 series, and Tinham scored a 299 as part of a 784 series.

On the same night as Jufko, Scott Muehlnickeo opened with nine consecutive strikes before having to settle for a 262 and 733 series.

f,UPCOMING: Spring Hill Lanes will play host to a Valentine's Scotch Doubles (partners alternate shots in all games) tournament at 1 p.m. on Feb. 11. Each team rolls four games, and the tournament uses an "80 percent of 200" handicap system. The entry fee is $17 per couple, with first place drawing $200 and the top nine spots getting cash prizes. For more information, call (352) 683-7272.

Mariner Lanes will be the site of the Hernando County Women's Bowling Association's doubles tournament Feb.T11 at 1 p.m. Applications are available at all county centers. For information, call (813) 855-2175.

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