The touring professionals, some of the top bowlers in the world, begin action tomorrow at 8 a.m. with qualifying games. Tuesday, the pros will practice and participate in more pro-ams. Wednesday through Saturday will be the meat of the Open, with 160 competing for the top prize of $27,000.
Saturday's up-the-ladder finals begin at 3 p.m. and will be televised nationally on ABC (channels 13 and 7.
Among the pros will be defending champion Danny Wiseman from Dundalk; last year's leading money winner, Amleto Monacelli; Parker Bohn, Dave Ferraro, Marshall Holman, Brian Voss, Pete Weber and former local winners Butch Sopher, Art Trask, Wayne Webb, Walter Ray Williams, Randy Pederson and Mark Williams.
Jeff Harding of Frederick, Brian Link of Baltimore and Michael Sachwald of Columbia became the third, fourth and fifth area bowlers to win a Pro Spot Qualifying Tournament and move into the PBA Open.
Harding had a six-game scratch total of 1,388 (a 231 average), bowling at Fair Lanes University in Adelphi. He strung together games of 243-227-259-231-236-192. In addition to his $250 entry, Harding won $300. He also had the second-highest total of the day, 1,342.
Don Messinese of Laurel was next with 1,339, followed by Dave Hart of Silver Spring, 1,311, and Chuck Tillman of Baltimore, who bowled a 300 game, 1,269.
Sachwald rolled 210-227-200-279-227-2471,390 (an average of 231) for his victory at Fair Lanes Towson.
Link rolled games of 246-268-236-255-225-2271,457 (an average of 242) in the final Pro Spot Qualifier last Sunday at Fair Lanes Kings Point.
Larry Nalls of Baltimore, with 1,423, was second, and Karl Schmidt of Baltimore was third with 1,414.
Wiseman finished 49th and earned $960 in the recent Quaker State Open, won by Monacelli, in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Women's All-Star Association will open its 20th season March 23-24 with tournaments at Brunswick Perry Hall and Fair Lanes Towson.
WASA, featuring the top female bowlers in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, has conducted more than 215 tournaments and awarded more than $100,000.
Fair Lanes PBA Open
Where: Fair Lanes Kings Point, Randallstown
When: Today through next Sunday
Field: 160 bowlers, including defending champion Danny Wiseman of Dundalk
First prize: $27,000
TV: Finals televised Saturday on ABC (channels 13, 7), 3 p.m.
Schedule: Today, pro-ams beginning at 9 a.m.; tomorrow, pro qualifying, 8 a.m.; Tuesday, pros practice and youth pro-am, 9 a.m.; Wednesday, six-game qualifiers, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Thursday, six-game qualifier, 9 a.m., eight-game match play, 7 p.m.; Friday, eight-game match play, 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.; Saturday, finals, 3 p.m.
Tickets: General admission, $10; Friday match play, $12; Saturday finals, $15.