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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:04AM

Bowling tournament held in Sebring

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PHOTOS BY SHARON WEATHERHEAD


Hall of Fame bowlers Pam and Stanley Sprow were at the tournament.




A technician at Heartland Bowl watches "Walkin Walter" do his thing.




A technician at Heartland Bowl watches "Walkin Walter" do his thing.




PHOTOS BY SHARON WEATHERHEAD


Hall of Fame bowlers Pam and Stanley Sprow were at the tournament.




Bowlers got in some practice before the tournament began.

By SHARON WEATHERHEAD

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He stands at the line on Lane 7. He has evaluated the oil pattern and the hook probability. Now his eyes are focused steadily on the sweet spot on the lane. One, two, three — slide. Release the bowl over the line. Watch it roll down the lane at approximately 16 miles per hour. The reward? strike– all ten pins in the pit.

Before each squad, the lanes are “dressed.” At Heartland Bowl, a computerized machine called “Walkin’ Walter” travels up and down the lanes. Walter is programmed to apply a certain “oil pattern” specific for different types of tournament and league play. A technician follows Walter and uses a buffer to clean the approach areas.

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