YouthAdult tourney ready to complete finalsBy PHIL GULICK
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It's easy for an adult to chose a partner in the 35th annual Greater Pinellas YABA YouthAdult Tournament.
You either have pre-selected a youngster or you pay $20 at the door and take the next kid on the waiting list. Kids outnumber adults, so more mature $20 bills are needed for the completion of the finals today at Sunshine Bowl.
Drew Beierlein and Greg Ickes of St. Petersburg came as veterans of the tourney for the opening rounds.
Their 1,610 total will be tough to beat in the Senior division. Ickes rolled a 279-730 scratch and Beierlein a 278-823 in a clean team series.
"We bowled together in this last year, and he beat me," Beierlein said. "He's a terrific kid with a great game, and I hope what we did stands up, but you never know."
Other leaders entering the weekend were Kyle and David Hartzog, 1,339 in the Bantams; Christofer and Jay McClendon, 1,412, Preps; and Chris Papia and Shaun Ackerman, 1,344, MajorSeniors.
NABI: St. Petersburg's Kathy Worrall won her first tournament and $220 on Oct. 10 at Sunrise Lanes by defeating Clearwater's Scott Russell 196-192.
Norm Terry finished third. Kent Worrall was fourth and Ronda Masanotti fifth. Each is from St. Petersburg.
Gary Halstrom of St. Petersburg won the Platinum division.
St. Petersburg's Gabe Tosella captured his second title and $454 at AMF Kenneth City Lanes on Oct. 14, stopping St. Petersburg's Pat Wall.
Seminole's Shirley Bond was third, Terry fourth and Dennis Lucas fifth.
Marty Goodale, St. Petersburg, won the Platinum. The NABI club players bowl on Sundays.
BWTC FINALS: Fifteen squads, including four from Florida, make up the field for the ninth ABCBrunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championship, Nov. 5-7 at Castaways Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Brazeau's Pro Shop from Ocala was the regional qualifier out of Seminole Lanes in January. The team is comprised of Brian Brazeau, Tony Bondi, Ryan Boyd, Adam Colton and Dennis Rakauskas.
The other Florida squads are Cassat Batt Bowl from Jacksonville, AP's Pro Shop, Pensacola and Team Vengeance from Fort Lauderdale.
The Baker System format is used after qualifying, and the winning squad earns about $5,000.
The BWTC returns to Seminole Lanes next February.
SENIOR TOURNEY: Former PBA senior player Steve Hobelmann has moved to Gainesville, but he still runs his West Coast Senior tournaments in the Tampa Bay area.
A doubles tourney with a $90 entry fee is scheduled for Nov. 18 at Sunshine Bowl. Each duo must have a senior player 50 or over, and men and women are eligible.
JOINT EVENT: The Suncoast and Sarasota-Manatee associations will present a doubles tournament for mixed, men or women Nov. 17-18 at AMF Bradenton Lanes.
Entry forms are available at most local centers. Walk-in entries and re-entries are welcome.
For information, call John Spicer, (727) 724-9015.
OPTIMIST WINNERS: Tampa's Dominic Thompson and Katie Robinson won the north Florida district qualifier of the Optimist International Junior Bowling Tournament at Tampa's Regal Lanes.
They will compete in the Optimist International Junior Bowling Championship, Dec. 26-29 in St. Louis. Thompson rolled a 1,803 over eight scratch games, and Robinson logged a 1,670.
CWBA MEETS: The annual general membership meeting of the Clearwater Women's Association is 2 p.m. today at AMF Clearwater Lanes.
Awards will be presented and delegates selected for the 2003 WIBC and state conventions.
AROUND THE LANES: Kenny Dawkins rolled a 300-702 at Dunedin Lanes. ... Jeff Dimiceli shot a 300-665, John Zimbaro a 300-717 and Marty Murphy a 300 at Liberty Lanes. ... Paul Coscia fired a 300-773 at Sunshine Bowl. ... Glenn Jeffers nailed an 806 series at Ten Pin Lanes. ... Keith Glasgow rolled a 300-771 and a 299-793 at Seminole Lanes. ... Mark Cihal recorded a 300-750 at Tarpon Lanes. ... Searl Harrin and Greg Campbell won the Gladiator Eliminator and Justin Vietch the Bowlers Club event at Southland Lanes.
-- Phil Gulick can be reached at email@example.com.
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