Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wessel Leaving in Shipshape

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wessel Leaving in Shipshape

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Byline: LEONARD RUBLE, Times-Union correspondent

Phil Wessel, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, is being transferred from Jacksonville in June. He'll leave with some bowling memories.

Last month, Wessel, bowling at Phoenix Lanes in the Greater Jax Handicap Invitational League, opened his first game with nine consecutive strikes before leaving a 10-pin in the 10th frame and settling for a 267.

He resumed striking in the second game, but this time followed through with the third perfect game of his career. He finished with a 213 and 780 series.

The next week, Wessel was bowling at Nassau Lanes in Yulee when he left a 10-pin to start the first game in the Tuesday Night Men's League. He converted the spare and then threw strikes the rest of the way for a 290.

Wessel said he will miss bowling on the First Coast.

"I have bowled in a lot of bowling centers across the nation and Jacksonville bowlers are head and shoulders above anyone else when it comes to sportsmanship,'' he said.

Wessel was on the All-Navy bowling team two years in a row during the mid-1990s, and finished second in the singles event of the GJBA Championship Tournament in 2001. He currently bowls in three leagues and averages 218, with a career high series of 823.

Area interest

Walter "Doc" Romedy is the new owner of the Pro Shop at Jax Lanes West. Hours of operation are 5-10 p.m. Monday - Friday; 3-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 786-1103 for information.

Ray Messersmith rolled a 278 and 747 series, then followed that up the next week with his fourth 300 game, followed by games of 216 and 253 for a 769 series in the Scramblers League at Jax Lanes Grove Park.

George Brooks rolled his first perfect game 1996 in the LBJ Mixed Scratch League at Cassat/Batt Bowl. Since then, he has rolled a 767 and 707 series, and games of 297 and 280. Brooks has five 300 games, two 299s and a pair of 298s .

Gwen Norwood rolled her first 700 series in the Sky High Friends League. She rolled games of 193, 247 and 265 for a 705. "I didn't realize I had rolled a 700 series until they announced it over the PA system to the entire bowling center," said said. …

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