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Norman finally rules in own house

The Mariner Lanes owner had never rolled a 300 in the centers she has owned until Monday night.

By GREG AUMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 21, 2000


Edie Jo Norman had bowled perfect games before, but in 30 years of owning bowling centers, she had never been able to do it under her own roof.

That changed Monday night for the Mariner Lanes owner, who bowled a 300 in the 590 Cap Trio league to break a longstanding jinx.

"I've had a perfect game on tour, one in an exhibition, one in Miami, but this was the first time I've had a 300 in my own house," said Norman, who finished with a 710 series. "I've really wanted to do that, and the rest of the league seemed to be really happy for me."

Norman, who owned a bowling center in Miami for 18 years before she came to Spring Hill in 1989, had come close to perfection at home with several 279 games. As a result of her success, she also was able to enjoy a promotion Mariner is running in the 590 league. Norman purchased four sets of Brunswick Gold pins at $150 each, and each week the top two teams in the league close the night with a match-play final using the gold pins.

"They look different, they sound different, and this was the first time I had seen them except for on television," said Norman, noting that at 3 pounds, 9 ounces, the gold pins are about 5 ounces heavier than standard pins.

HIGH HONORS: The new synthetic lanes at Spring Hill Lanes produced two 800 series this month. Greg Toth bowled games of 280, 290 and 230 for an even 800 in the Monday Men's Trio league two weeks ago, and Jeremy Guck trumped that a week later with games of 255, 268 and 279 for an 802 series in the 580 Scratch Trio league.

Todd Jufko bowled 300 games on consecutive Saturdays in Mariner's Pot of Gold Jackpot special. While the games are not sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress, any back-to-back perfection is an accomplishment. Jufko had the county's first 300 of the year -- and the eighth of his career -- on Jan. 3.

FOR THE KIDS: Spring Hill Lanes' eight-week summer Kids Camp starts today, running Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon until Aug. 9. Cost is $8 per week, with a bowling ball, T-shirt and on-lane instruction included. Opening bowling is 99 cents per game. For information, call (352) 683-7272.

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