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Jaros maintains lead in Sebring Open

April 25, 1997

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) _ In a field full of Floridians, Steve Jaros of Bolingbrook, Ill., maintained his lead in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Greater Sebring Open on Friday.

Jaros won six of his eight fifth-round match games to keep himself 124 pins in front of the No. 1-ranked player in the world, Walter Ray Williams Jr. Pinfalls include 30 bonus pins for each match-play victory.

Williams, a three-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year, is vying for his third title this year and the 23rd title of his career. The Hall of Famer went 6-2 in this round’s match play to move from seventh to second.

Unheralded Floridian Darin Hays kept himself in third by averaging 210. Hays is gunning for the first telecast of his career with a pinfall total of 7,154.

Trailing Hays is another Floridian and 11-time titlist Norm Duke, who knocked down 7,454 pins for a 50-pin advantage over Bob Belmont.

Belmont, yet another Floridian, seeks his first top five finish since October. Belmont had a pinfall of 7,404 for a 205 average.

The field of 24 will be trimmed to the top five. Those top five will battle for the title on Saturday live on ABC Sports at 3 p.m. ET.

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