John Handegard, gunning for a record 12th PBA Senior championship, bowl
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) _ John Handegard, gunning for a record 12th PBA Senior championship, bowled games of 276 and 278 Monday and jumped from fifth to first during fourth-round competition in the $80,000 Naples PBA Senior Open at Woodside Lanes.
Ron Winger, a two-time champion from Tarzana, Calif., took over second place with a 278 final game.
Tommy Evans, a four-time champion from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Denny Torgerson, a one-time winner from Maquoketa, Iowa, wound up tied for third. They trail Winger by 57 pins and Handegard by 136 going into the fifth and final round Tuesday morning before the field is cut to the top five for the stepladder finals Tuesday night.
Evans, a two-time champion in 1995, and Handegard, who won the PBA Senior Championship Aug. 29 in Jackson, Mich., are the leading candidates for PBA Senior Player of the Year honors. Both have won over $120,000 during successful outings on both the Senior and regular PBA tours.
John Hricsina, who won here in 1992, won all eight games Monday night and jumped from 11th to fifth.