A Miami kegler won a hard-fought battle this past Saturday in the Senior Shoot Out event at Fiesta Bowl in The Villages.
Julian Herradon waged a tight fight with Clermont’s Doug Becker for the title. Both bowlers started out with nine straight strikes before Herradon tallied a nine-count spare and a strike in the 10th frame for a final score of 279. Becker picked up an 8-count spare in the 10th frame and followed that with a strike for a final score of 278.
Dennis Rakauskas, of Apopka, also was in the mix but three 9-count spares in the second, fourth and sixth frames held his score to 239 for third place.
All told, 65 bowlers competed in the event, with 15 of them being Super Seniors. Of those, seven made the natural cut of 625 which meant that one Super Senior was invited to continue on in the tournament.
For his victory, Herradon took home $275, a Champion’s shirt courtesy of Gotta Get Your Name On! shirts & embroidery and a paid entry into the January 2021 Senior Shoot Out event. He also is automatically eligible for the season championship in August 2021. Becker won $175, while Rakauskas took home $150.
Throughout the tournament, there were eight 270-plus games bowled. Ed Slusser posted two of them, while Bob Chamberlain rolled a 290 and Roger Bowker tallied a 287 game.
The complete results of the December Senior Shoot Out tournament can be viewed at Fiesta Bowl or by clicking HERE.
In the Player of the Year race, Rick Pittman held his lead with 160 points, followed by Tim Lawrence with 130 points, Rakauskas with 120 points, Tony Acosta with 110 points and Rich Garner with 95 points. Russ Ryss added to his lead for Super Senior Player of the Year by finishing fifth to improve to 75 points.
The next Super Senior event at Fiesta Bowl will be held Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. It will be open to all bowlers age 55 and older.