By PHIL GULICK
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 27, 2001
Teams from Florida and Florida State were competitive in three recent tournaments.
The FSU men finished third behind St. John's and Indiana in the Brunswick Southern Classic in Marietta, Ga., on Nov. 4. The FSU women split their squad and finished sixth and 14th, and the Gators women's squad was ninth.
FSU's Jason Kosby averaged 198 and Florida's Tyson Kurth 187. St. John's captured its sixth consecutive title.
Indiana State won the Brunswick Great Lakes Classic women's title in Lake Zurich, Ill., on Nov. 11, and the FSU women were seventh. Western Illinois won the men's title while FSU was 16th.
Western Illinois also won the National Collegiate Team Match Games title in St. Louis on Nov. 24, and Nebraska grabbed the women's crown.
Marla McMakin toppled 2,325 pins and averaged 211 as the Seminoles finished eighth. Dan Borches knocked down 2,645 for a 240 average to finish eighth and push the Seminoles into fifth. The Western Illinois men and Indiana State women topped the season's first poll, conducted by the Bowling Writers Association of America. The FSU women were No. 9, the men 11th and the Florida women 18th.
The Las Vegas Invitational today and Friday will attract some of the top teams in the nation, and the Sunshine Classic is Jan. 18-19 in Orlando.
TOURS: The Earl Anthony Memorial Classic, Jan. 1-6 in Kirkland, Wash., starts the second half of the PBA's 20-stop schedule. ESPN will air it from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 6. All finals will be Sunday.
The former Seattle Open was renamed to honor the bowling great, who died Aug.18. The tour moves to Medford, Ore., the next week before the ABC Masters Jan.15-20 in Reno, Nev. The tour will be at the Villages Open Feb.5-10 in Lady Lake. The Battle at Little Creek, which because of new security precautions is looking for a new site, finishes the schedule March 17.
The senior tour schedule is not complete, but plans are for nine to 12 events built around the Senior Masters and the Senior World Championship. The schedule is expected after the new year.
The Professional Women's Bowling Association schedule also has not been released.
MONEY LEADERS: Ocala's Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the top money winner with more than $144,000. Parker Bohn III is second at $143,000, and U.S. Open winner Mika Koivuniemi is third at $137,000. Ten-time tour winner Steve Hoskins of Tarpon Springs is not in the top 25.
HALL OF FAME: Clermont's Norm Duke and Pete Weber were elected to the ABC Hall of Fame recently.
Duke has won 19 tour titles, including three majors, and was bowler of the year in 1994 and 2000. Weber joins his father, Dick, after winning his 27th title this year, surpassing his father.
-- Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes8@ msn.com.