Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Patterson's New Passion Leads to First 800 Series

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Patterson's New Passion Leads to First 800 Series

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Lee Patterson has only been a league bowler for three years. Yet

he topped the 800 barrier for the first time last week in the

Headpin Hunters League at Naval Station Mayport. Patterson

rolled games of 275, 254 and 277 for an 806 series.

With 28 of 36 possible strikes on the evening and only one open

frame, Patterson started with nine strikes in a row in the first

game. He finished the final frame with a spare and an 8 count.

He started the second game with five strikes before leaving the

7-10 split in the frame on a solid pocket shot. Shaking off

disaster, Patterson flushed the pocket for the next four strikes

and an 8 count on the final ball.

Patterson explained later that he grew up in a bowling family,

but he was only a recreational bowler until he moved to

Jacksonville three years ago. At that time, his girlfriend

talked him into league bowling and from that first night of

league bowling, it has grown into a passion.

Patterson bowled in two leagues during the winter season and

averaged 179, but is averaging 190 this summer. He has a high

game of 296, which he rolled about a year ago.

SMITH WINS QUEENS TOURNAMENT -- Donna Smith won the regular

division of the 120th Florida Queens Tournament last weekend at

Galaxy Lanes in Fort Myers. Smith averaged 227 during the 14-game

tournament.

She rolled a 279 game Saturday en route to a 1,572 pin total

for the first day of the tournament. She had joked to her

friends that she needed to go out with a bang in the final game

in order to win the tournament. So she rolled a 289 for a total

pinfall of 3,183, winning by 20 pins.

Smith has one perfect game to her credit, which came in a

non-sanctioned tournament earlier this year, and she rolled a

298 game in league play during the winter season. She has a high

series of 763.

Smith also won two JWBA City Tournament Championships

(all-events), plus singles, doubles and team titles locally. …

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