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Jeff Fernholz found a ball he liked. And then he found a groove.

The 52-year-old Fernholz had a pinfall of 760 in his first three games and charged out to the lead in the first six of 12 games of the men’s seniors division in the Racine Men’s Bowling Classic.

The tournament, which concludes Saturday, is being held at the Old Settler’s Bowling Center in Union Grove.

Fernholz had a total pinfall of 1,406 in his six games. With 120 bonus pins, his total increased to 1,526. That gave him a 66-pin lead over Jeff Floyd (1,460). In third place among the 12 bowlers is Jim Wegner (1,442).

Also in the top six are Mike Vasey (1,405), Chrip Gehrke (1,403) and Tyrone Trabert (1,400).

“The high end typically at Old Settler’s hooks a little bit more,” said Fernholz, a 1984 St. Catherine’s High School graduate who works for the Wisconsin Hearing Aid Center. “So after qualifying, I decided on a ball that didn’t hook quite as much and that helped out a lot.

The tournament continues Wednesday night with the first half of the men’s finals. Ben Betchkal is the defending men’s champion.

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