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    New concept at Kenneth City strikes interest

    By PHIL GULICK

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published June 15, 2001


    Mike White's experiment in ten-pin terror at AMF Kenneth City Lanes proved not so menacing to 45 brave bowlers.

    "What surprised Tom Milton and me was that so many people turned out the very first night, knowing they would be challenged like never before," White said.

    White is the YABA director at AMF Kenneth City. Milton is the center's general manager and a five-time PBA winner who's retired.

    White jumped into the ABCWIBC's new Sport Bowling concept with both feet last month and hoped more than a few bowlers would jump with him.

    He got more than he expected.

    Word spread and interest peaked enough to form a league with 15 trios and an opening for another trio. Under White's banner of Unified Bowlers and Competitors Sport Trio, the league competes every Thursday at 7 p.m. Its Web site is www.eteamz.comubc.

    "The nice thing about the players is they aren't bowling well and they're not complaining, and that's rare for bowlers," Milton said. "They expected the conditions to be tough, and they are so there are no gripes.

    "I don't expect this would last for a full 35-week season because I don't see anyone committing that long for that much torture," he said. "I can see it working well over the short haul, though."

    The league has a 14-week schedule.

    Sport Bowling, as defined by the ABCWIBC, is a format in which controlled lane conditions and equipment place the emphasis on an individual's skill -- not on conditions that cater to false high scores and averages. A pins-over-average scoring system is used with no handicap.

    After the first week of competition, all averages were converted to the Sport Bowling system. Most averages dropped, some dramatically.

    ABCWIBC has presented the program well. Details, including a 20-page manual with lane charts, can be obtained on the ABCWIBC Web site, bowl.com, and on the league's site.

    "They came out expecting to be punched around," White said. "They were, and no one is grumbling."

    CHAMP OF CHAMPS: Who's The Man put together a huge 1,042 game captured the annual Champion of Champions City Team title Sunday at AMF Kenneth City Lanes.

    Michael and Melissa Hanks and Sue Dick and John LaFond each bowled better than 200 in their first game, and Judy Belt contributed a 175 as the winning squad opened on a high note. The team compiled a 3,621 pinfall, 123 pins better than second-place XTC.

    Michael Hanks finished with a 646 series. Melissa had a 255-601.

    Pat Tate rolled a 278 game, 100 pins over her average, to open XTC's bid for the title. J.W. Ross made the bid even stronger, adding an opening game of 300 and eventual 801 series. XTC compiled a first game of 1,095.

    Marianne Zipse, Hanh Pullen and Bill Tate were the rest of the squad. XTC surrendered nearly 200 handicap pins to the winners and finished with a 3,498.

    The Cardinals, including former longtime St. Petersburg Cardinals general manager Ralph Miller, placed third at 3,493 -- four pins out of second.

    Glen Harger, Mel Burnham, Jerry Krauss, Stan Dzierba and Miller rolled three games of 1,000 or better, but they received only 343 handicap pins. Krauss logged a 268 game, Dzierba a 265 and Burnham a 257. Other high scores included Ronda Masanotti's 258, Brett Frisse's 289 and Brian Korczak's 279-288.

    NABI: Bob Murphy, North Port, and St. Petersburg's Ronda Masanotti each won their first tournaments recently.

    Murphy defeated St. Petersburg's Gabe Tosella 203-179 for a $225 payoff at AMF Clearwater Lanes on May 20.

    James Mackie and Oliver Smith, St. Petersburg, finished third and fourth, respectively, and Sarasota's Tia Brennan was fifth. Pete Genova, St. Petersburg, won the Platinum Division and $160.

    Masanotti stopped Clearwater's Dennis McIntosh 191-176 to earn $289.

    Michael Roberts and Mackie, St. Petersburg, were third and fourth, respectively, and Clearwater's Linda Ballou was fifth. Dan Krapf, Largo, captured the Platinum Division and $160.

    NABI directors Larry and Debbie Roesler will conduct tournaments this summer on Sundays with three squads and Platinum Division competition. Membership is $15 per year, and tournament entry fees are $35 prepaid and $40 on site.

    The Roesler's daughter, Stacie Hummel, reached the top 10 in the singles standings of the Florida State Men's Championships at AMF Bradenton Lanes, but she dropped out over the weekend.

    AROUND THE LANES: Rick Rubner rolled a 300-687 and David O'Neil fired a 300-800 at Countryside Lanes. ... Tom Daugherty and Alan Rushton Jr. recorded 300 games at Liberty Lanes. ... The Florida Bowlers Club is at Seminole Lanes on July 1. The entry fee is $35. ... The Iron Man Invitational Scratch Marathon opens July 14 at Sunrise Lanes, moves to Seminole Lanes that same day and concludes July 15 at Sunshine Bowl. The entry fee is $140. The winner will receive $1,000, based on 28 entries.

    - Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes8@msn.com.

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