John Hricsina Sr. of Franklin, Pa., led the field for the thir
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) _ John Hricsina Sr. of Franklin, Pa., led the field for the third straight round in the $65,000 Professional Bowlers Association Treasure Coast Senior Open Tuesday.
Hricsina, who has finished second or third in senior events but has yet to win one, holds a 160-pin advantage over defending champion Teata Semiz with five of six rounds complete. Hricsina knocked down 6,916 pins including 30 bonus pins for each of his eight match-game wins.
Seven-time PBA champion Semiz, of Wanaque, N.J., is in second place with a pinfall of 6,756.
John Handegard of Redding, Calif., another who is gunning for his first PBA title, holds the No. 3 spot with 6,714 pins.
Mickey Spiezio of Crest Hill, Ill., who won his lone PBA event last year in Green Bay, Wis., is in fourth place with a 6,686 pinfall.
PBA Hall of Famer Harry ″Tiger″ Smith of Kendall Lakes, Fla., a 10-time titlist, rounds out the top five with 6,674 pins.
The 18 players, from the original field of 108 age 50 or older, bowl six more match games Tuesday night before the top five emerge for Wednesday night’s championship round.