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Center owner Stealy implements ideas from convention exhibits

By PHIL GULICK

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 1, 2001


Twedt's and Ten Pin Lanes owner Bobbie Stealy toured the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) international convention in Las Vegas recently and came home with some goodies for her centers.

"We bought an indoor smoker so we can now offer barbecue ribs, turkey and other meats right out of our restaurant," Stealy said. "No, you can't buy this at Home Depot. It's the kind that fits right in with the kitchen and vents outdoors.

"I was impressed by the exhibits there, but the seminars were boring," she said.

Stealy said new carpet will be installed at Twedt's this summer, and she brought back some unique prizes for her birthday and anniversary bowling parties.

Stealy is considering starting Sport Bowling at Twedt's Lanes. It's a popular fixture at AMF Kenneth City Lanes.

"I'm going to study it closely to determine if we can attract enough die-hard bowlers to make it worthwhile," she said. "It takes a great deal of time and effort from our help to set up and maintain."

JUNKET SET: Jerry Krauss and his longtime friend, Ferdi Janka, created a dream bowling junket through Europe that attracted 56 locals, who leave Wednesday for Frankfurt, Germany.

Krauss owns Sunshine Bowl, Seminole and Sunrise lanes in Pinellas County. Janka is the secretary of the European Bowling Federation and president of the German Bowling Federation.

From Frankfurt, the group travels to Munich for its first bowling date, then on to Fussen, taking in such sights at King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein Castle -- the model for the Disney World castle.

The group's next stop is at Stans, Switzerland, then it is on through the Swiss Alps to Lake Lucerne. The final stop will be at Mainz. Three days later, the local bowlers return to the U.S.

Krauss and Janka also devised the Gold Ball bowling exchange that brought Europeans to his centers and sent American players to Germany for home-and-home competition.

MATCH-PLAY SET: The 34th annual Florida Men's All-Star Match-Play Championship is scheduled for the weekends of July 28-Aug. 12 at Sunshine Bowl.

The 19th annual women's match-play championship runs concurrently at the center.

Qualifying opens July 28 and continues through Aug. 5. Double-elimination matches open Aug. 10 and run through the finals on Aug. 12.

The entry fees are $50 for men, $45 for women and $35 re-entry for each. The men's champion earns $1,200 based on 130 entries, and the women's winner takes home $880 based on 50 entries.

HEYM'S 10TH: Bill Heym, Pinellas Park, recently captured his 10th NABI title and $350, beating St. Petersburg's Larry Townsend 268-199 at AMF Clearwater Lanes.

John Lewis, St. Petersburg, was third, Clearwater's Judi Fincher was fourth and Clearwater's Jeri Eggleston was fifth. Townsend won the Platinum division and $230.

AROUND THE LANES: Kristi Ellis, Dunedin, became the 23rd woman in Pinellas County to roll a 300 game, turning the feat at Dunedin Lanes with a 300-724. ... Tom Milton shot a 299-813 at AMF Kenneth City Lanes. ... Jason Fox nailed a 300-735 and Lou Alessi rolled a 300-770 at Countryside Lanes. ... Ed Perry managed a 300-679 at Sunshine Bowl. ... Ten Pin Lanes will play host to a youth scholarship tournament July 29. The entry fee is $15, and there will be payoffs based on the number of entries. ... The WIBC Championship Tournament ended Thursday in Fort Lauderdale.

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