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Peacock averages 243.1 for scratch all-events title in state mixed tournament

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Jennifer Peacock of North Port set a blistering scoring pace to capture the scratch all-events title in the recent Florida State Mixed Championships, conducted in Tavares.

The 43-year-old righthander averaged 243.1 over six tournament games, in which she posted a scratch all-events pinfall of 1,459, with a 712 series in team event and 747 in doubles.

"Scott Long (at A Better Pro Shop) drilled me a Columbia Take Down (ball) the week before, and it worked great all day," Peacock said. "I seemed to carry well throughout, but unfortunately my doubles partner (John Thompson) didn't. His scores didn't indicate how well he threw the ball."

Peacock and Thompson settled for 18th place in doubles with a score of 1,400, while both players joined Beth and Keith Cipielewski on the Siesta Key Oyster Bar team for a third-place finish with a score of 2,844.

"Overall, we had a great time as a team," Peacock said, "and we'll be back to give it another shot in the Open State tournament."

The only competitor to surpass Peacock in women's handicap all-events was Stephanie Toole of St. Petersburg, who posted a score of 1,529.

The four-player team victory went to Strike Force, representing the Orange Belt Bowling Association. Members Peter and Jennifer Hernandez, along with Stan and Pam Sprow, combined for the winning score of 2,887.

Toole and partner Gavin Parsons emerged as doubles champions with a 1,493 pinfall, while male all-events winners were Kevin O'Connor of Mount Dora (1,574 handicap) and Kevin Webster of Orlando (1,553 scratch).

Other Sarasota-Manatee area bowlers make prize list

In addition to being members of the third-place team, Beth and Keith Cipielewski tied for the 25th position in doubles with 1,386, and Beth also tied for 27th in female handicap all-events with 1,374.

Richard Donelson of Sarasota placed prominently in two events, finishing ninth in male handicap all-events at 1,454 and pairing with Trish Baier for the No. 11 spot in doubles at 1,423.

Two other representatives of the Sarasota-Manatee County USBC Bowling Association cashed in male handicap all-events: Richard Wight of Sarasota (tied for 22nd at 1,804) and Paul Nicolazzi of Bradenton (28th at 1,396).

The top three finishers in each tournament event, plus first-place prize money and the low-to-cash figures:

  • TEAM EVENT: 1, Strike Force (Lakeland) 2,887, $1,200; 2, Unbowlievable (Seminole County) 2,848; 3, Siesta Key Oyster Bar (Sarasota) 2,844. Low to cash: 2,674.
  • DOUBLES: 1, Stephanie Toole and Gavin Parsons (St. Petersburg) 1,493, $600; 2, Sharon Simonitis and Paul Simonitis (Leesburg) 1,469; 3, Jennifer Hernandez and Peter Hernandez (Lakeland) 1,461. Low to cash: 1,360.
  • MALE HANDICAP ALL-EVENTS: 1, Kevin O'Connor (Mount Dora) 1,574, $250; 2, Kevin Webster (Orlando) 1,553; 3, Peter Hernandez (Lakeland) 1,510. Low to cash: 1,388.
  • FEMALE HANDICAP ALL-EVENTS: 1, Stephanie Toole (St. Petersburg) 1,529, $250; 2, Jennifer Peacock (North Port) 1,495; 3, Brenda Walker (South Georgia USBC) 1,493. Low to cash: 1,365.
  • MALE SCRATCH ALL-EVENTS: 1, Kevin Webster (Orlando) 1,553, $200; 2, Peter Hernandez (Lakeland) 1,510; 3, Vernon Peterson (Lake Wales) 1,494. Low to cash: 1,382.
  • FEMALE SCRATCH ALL-EVENTS: 1, Jennifer Peacock (North Port) 1,459, $125; 2, Christina Hardee (Mount Dora) 1,418; 3, Jennifer Hernandez (Lakeland) 1,383. Low to cash: 1,269.

To view the complete tournament prize list, click here.

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