The $45,000 Lady Fair Lanes Open will get under way today at Fair Lanes University in Adelphi with an autograph and professionals practice session at 10 a.m. Pro-am tournaments will begin at noon.
Qualifying will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. and continue until Tuesday, when match play will begin at 6:30 p.m. Match play will continue Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The finals, to be televised nationally by ESPN, will be held Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Michelle Mullen is the defending Lady Fair Lanes Open champion.
The leading female bowlers in the world, including Lisa Wagner, Leila Wagner of Annapolis, last year's Bowler of the Year Tish Johnson and Betty Morris, will be competing for the $8,000 top prize.
Monyalo Webster of Aberdeen won the boys championship in the Maryland Tenpin Bowling Council Youth Invitational Tournament last weekend at Brunswick Lanes Perry Hall.
Angie Brown of Taneytown won the girls championship.
Webster rolled games of 244-233-215--692 in his first three-game qualifying block and came back with a 583 in the second to be the top seed.
In up-the-ladder matches, fifth seed Matt Novotny of Crofton defeated Jason Stanton of Pasadena, 210-209, and Roger Barnes of Edgewood, 207-204, then rolled a 182-182 tie with Kenny Konopacki of Baltimore. Novotny won the two-frame roll-off, 38-26, and moved on to meet Webster. Webster won, 235-213.
Brown rolled 226-179-257--662 to lead the qualifiers. Angela Belella of Hagerstown defeated Brenda Llewellyn of Cumberland, 196-191, in the first up-the-ladder match but injured her thumb in the next match and lost to Rachel Cassady of Aberdeen, 205-131. Cassady beat Kendra Cameron of Gambrills, to move into the championship match against Brown.
Brown, 15, defeated Cassady, 177-173, to win the championship.
Jeff Harding of Frederick and Brian Laflco of Baltimore are the Maryland entrants in the Bowling Proprietors Association United States Open Tournament at Indianapolis' Woodland Bowl.