Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pros Return to Town for Charity

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pros Return to Town for Charity

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Byline: Jr. , Times-Union correspondent

For the second time in a month, pro bowlers will visit Jacksonville. Beach Bowl will play host to the PWBA/Les Seaton Memorial Pro-Am handicap tournament on Friday night. Local bowlers can compete in the pro-am with squad times at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

The pro-am will be a different experience: the lanes glow, pins glow, lights and lasers flash and music plays. Bowlers will roll three games with a different female and male pro each game.

Based on 85 entries for the tournament, the first-place prize will be $600 to the winner. Prize money will be paid to the top 10 places. Entry fee is $35 for a spot in one squad or $60 for spots in both squads.

The YABA bowlers have not been forgotten. The young bowlers can bowl the 6 p.m. pro-am squad. Entry fee for junior bowlers is $12. Trophies will be awarded.

On Saturday, the mixed doubles pro teams will roll two five-game blocksstarting at 8:30 a.m. There will be a lunch break between the two five-game blocks.

The pros will bowl 12 games in a match-play format on Sunday to determine this year's champions. Contact the Beach Bowl, 249-5416.

RCCBT CONCLUDES TODAY -- The River City Classic Bowling Tournament October's event will conclude today at America Southside. All qualifiers will cash from the $6,000 prize fund. The winner earns $1,500. Today's squads will begin at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. prior to the roll-off. Contact Plaza Lanes, 725-5422.

The scratch division offers more than $500 guaranteed in the prize fund. The entry fee is $44 for the handicap division and $25 for the scratch division.

PWBA RESULTS -- For the first time in eight tries this season, Wendy Macpherson won a championship match. The four-time PWBA Player of the Year defeated Leanne Barrette 257-169 en route to the $75,000 Columbia 300 Open Championship. The victory marks Macpherson's 19th of her career, but first this year.

She won $11,000 to increase her 2001 earnings, plus TV incentives to $69,590. Last season Macpherson became the second player in PWBA history to earn more than a million dollars in her career when she earned a second-place purse at the 2000 Columbia Open.

Anne Marie Duggan finished in third place. Duggan defeated Kelly Kulick and Cheryl Daniels 222-192-181 in the opening shoot-out. The championship round of the Columbia 300 Open will be televised tomorrow night on ESPN 2 at 8 p.m.

The $50,000 Three Rivers Open begins today in Pittsburgh.

PBA NEWS -- Dave Arnold earned his third career victory in the PBA Miller High Life Open at Woodland Bowl Tuesday evening. Arnold controlled the lanes during the title match to defeat Roger Bowker, 222-160, and earn his largest paycheck ever, $40,000.

"It feels great to finally win again," said Arnold, whose last title came in 1996. …

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