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Handegard keeps No. 1 seed

March 27, 1997

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ John Handegard retained his top-seeded position by tying second-place bowler Pete Couture, 235-235, in the final game Thursday in the fifth round of the PBA Senior South Bend Open.

Handegard moved into first place by rolling a 300 in the 40th game of the tournament. He will be going for a record 13th title Thursday night in the PRIME network taped telecast. He finished fourth last week in Burlington, Vt.

Teata Semiz, who will turn 63 April 16, qualified third. He will be going for his eighth PBA Senior tour title, which would make him the oldest man ever to win a PBA title.

Also making the Thursday night telecast were six-time senior champion Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle.

Avery LeBlanc bowled his second 300 game of the tournament but wound up sixth.

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