Pecial Olympics Needs Huggers And Scorekeepers


November 01, 1990|By Donald G. Vitek

The Severna Park Jaycees need huggers and scorekeepers for the Special Olympics Bowling that will take place Sunday at the Severna Park Lanes.

It's expected that more than 100 bowlers will participate in all age groups. The winners here will be recognized and will be eligible to go on to state and national competition.

Bowling will start at 8:30 a.m. and end about noon. The Jaycees are looking for assistance with scorekeeping, cheering and hugging.

Refreshments will be served. If you would like to help, call 544-3120.

* How tough is it on the pro tour? Of course, the competition is awesome but mainly it is the expense that puts a good many bowlers out of the race.

Bill Gonce (many of you bowlers may know him as Gonzo) went on tour and there's nothing better that he would like to do again.

Gonce bowls in the Metro Men's League and the Arundel Men's League at Bowl America Lanes Glen Burnie and in the Charges league at Fair Lanes Ritchie. He makes his home in Brooklyn Park with Genie, his wife.

"Genie keeps me in line, which is not easy to do," Gonce said, "but I would like to thank her for her understanding."

He started bowling when he was 6 years old. Before his 17th birthday he had shot his first 700 set, and he bowls in a bunch of tournaments.

When he is not bowling Gonce is a computer tech and salesman. He's shot that elusive 300 game and that even tougher 800 set (817) and carries a solid 200 average with the Columbia Black Knight he favors.

"I was a PBA member, then I went back to college and maybe I'll go back on tour sometime." said Gonce, adding, "Bowling has made me humble. Anybody who bowls can understand this. This game can make you look like a fool or a star in the same game. But I love it."

Tournament news

The Amateur Bowling Tour will conduct a tournament at Bowl America Reisterstown on Nov. 10 and 11. Information: 833-3440.

Bel Air Bowl will play host to the "700" Club tournament at 11 a.m. Nov.


The Young America Bowling Alliance will conduct its Baltimore City Tournament Nov. 23 and 24 at Bowl America Glen Burnie. Squad times will be 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Entry deadline is Nov. 16.

Fair Lanes Men's Masters Adult Duckpin Pro-Am Tournament will take place at the Fair Lanes Westview, starting at 11 a.m. on Nov 11. The Pro-Youth will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Seniors Pro-Am will take place. The $8 fee includes lunch.

On Friday, Nov. 16, the Pro-Am will have squad times of 6, 8 and 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the qualifier will take place, and on Sunday, Nov.

18, the finals. The finals will be televised at a later date.

There is no charge to spectators, so come on out and watch duckpin bowling at its finest -- and get on TV. The TV taping will begin about 10 a.m. Sunday and will continue throughout the day.

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