Joe and Lucy Doctor's year-end NABI tournament, whose prize money totaled $23,330, drew a national-record 719 entries to Greenway Bowl Odenton.
Bowlers came from as far south as North Carolina and as farnorth as New Jersey. The tournament started Dec. 29 and ended with aJan. 1 final match that was taped for television.
Carter's Sports Unlimited and Miller Lite beer sponsored the event. Charlie Sauer made sure that the lanes were in great condition butalso kept the pro shop open for the convenience of the bowlers to check in their equipment.
Joel Perry and Levi White Eagle, the Greenway Bowl Odenton mechanics, kept the equipment failures to a minimum.Even the snack bar personnel worked a little harder to accommodate the bowlers, serving snacks and drinks rapidly with good humor. Centercontrol did its usual excellent job, keeping the operation moving smoothly and swiftly.
Playing host to an event as large as this easily can turn into a nightmare. Joe and Lucy Doctor and the staff of Greenway Bowl Odenton made it a dream.
Gary Arter ofWaldorf took first place, getting $4,000 and a trip to Las Vegas forthe June 14-21 tournament. The other top finishers also will be in Las Vegas for that event. Arter has a 168 average.
Second place ($2,000) went to Hollis McMullen of Arlington, Va., a 184-average bowler. Rob Chassereau of Edgewood won $1,500 for third place; his averageis 195.
Fourth place ($1,200) was awarded to Bobby Custis (175 average) of Nanticoke. Sara Carter, a 170 bowler from Temple Hills, took the fifth-place prize money of $1,000.
Libby Smith and Billy Wilson won the random drawing and will get round-trip airfare to Las Vegas and paid entry into the tournament.
Evelyn Bacon didn't need much luck Dec. 13 in the Thursday Scratch League at Severna Park Lanes. She shattered the women's house record in duckpins with games of 177, 151 and 176 for a 504 series.
Bacon didn't need any luck because she's been bowling for about 35 years. She carries an average of 134, and the 504 set broke her personal-high series by one pin. She's had a high game of 225.
Outstanding bowling is not luck when Bacon is bowling. She had that 225 game and 503 series at Rinaldi's in Annapolis Lanes before it closed. She and her husband, Jim, live in Annapolis. Jim finally gave up bowling after being active in the sportfor many years.
Bacon's daughter, Susan, and son Jeff both bowl with her at Severna Park Lanes in the same league. Jeff, 28, has a 133average, and Susan carries a 134 average. A second son, Jim Jr., doesn't bowl.
"I've been bowling for a long time," Bacon said. "Longenough to see the duckpin game change in a lot of ways. But I'll always love to bowl."
Bacon gives two days a week of her time to helping senior citizens locally. For many years she coached youth bowlersin Annapolis. Now she takes it a little easier, bowling in the Thursday Scratch League and the Friday Scratch League and getting a littlepractice from time to time.
Fair Lanes will award two trips for two to the Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla., through unique "Footbowling" competitions at all 33 Baltimore/Washington area Fair Lanes centerstomorrow, beginning at 10:30 p.m.
Contestants will "footbowl" oneframe, which consists of throwing a football at a set of pins 50 feet from the foul line. A strike is worth 20 points, a spare 10 points,and failure to mark will be a total score of the pins knocked down.
The five highest-scoring Footbowlers from each Fair Lanes center will advance to market finals Jan. 18. Baltimore-area Footbowlers willcompete at Fair Lanes Ritchie in Glen Burnie, while Washington-area participants will meet at Fair Lanes Centerville in Virginia.
The champions of each market finals wins a trip for two to the Jan. 27 Super Bowl. The four-day, three-night trip includes round-trip airfare,car rental, hotel accommodations and Super Bowl game tickets.
Entry into the Footbowling competition is free.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday in The Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.
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Lil's Senior Citizens
Bill Schoenemann 130/392
Buck Buchanan 138/368
John Joslin 133/345
Louise Bronakoski 137/377
Jo Reichard 127/347
Debbie Matson 127/345
Wednesday Carefree Ladies
Nellie Bentz 136/360
Carol Miller 130/348
Gary Crosen 175/411
Denise Brady 159/384
Kirk Gardner 128/375
Mick Buseiglio 132/371
Wanda Murphy 128/348
Doris Bilson 118/344
Carr Lowery Glass
Vernon Lohrman 166/439
Shirley Quaskey 143/428
Marion Dilworth 149/417
Tom Sparenberg 157/404
Jim Clevinger 140/380