Several Carroll bowlers competed in the Coors Light $25,000 Silver Bullet Duckpin Classic at Turner's Long Meadow Bowl in Hagerstown (Washington County) last Sunday.
This tournament, one of the largest, had 273 competitors from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.
Eddie Holmes of Westminster, bowling out of Fair Lanes Owings Mills in Baltimore County, placed ninth. He lost his second stepladder match in the championship round to Bob Subock of Baltimore County.
That ninth-place finish was worth $235 to the 129 average duckpin bowler. Holmes has a high game of 205 and a high set of 485 and has beenbowling for 18 years.
"The television lights were hotter than I thought they would be," said the auto painter for Miller Brothers Chevrolet. "But it was a great experience."
Jeff Fleming of Mount Airyfinished 27th in his first Coors Light tournament. Fleming, a service manager for Finch Services, carries a 119 average and is a coach for the youth leagues at Mount Airy Lanes.
"The staff at Hagerstown was fantastic," Fleming said. "And the bowlers I met were just super;everybody was really up for this tournament and the excitement was too much."
Diane Spielman, a bowler at Thunderhead Lanes in Westminster, placed 15 among 128 women, earning her $95. Her 1040 total was just six pins short of qualifying her for the stepladder finals.
Dorren Blizzard's 60th place finish was good for $30.
Some of the youngsters in the Saturday Morning Sharpshooters League at Thunderhead Lanes in Taneytown have been pretty successful throwing their duckpin balls, says coach and league secretary Marie Hobbs.
Hobbs, a certified duckpin coach, does her bowling with the big ball; she carries a 154 tenpin average and in 1989 won the Carroll County Best Bowler tournament at the old Lucky Strike Lanes in Westminster.
To win that tournament, Hobbs had to win all four stepladder final games under the television lights. That victory was worth $500 and a large trophy.
In the end- of-the-season Spring Tournament at Taneytown, John Hawks Jr. took first place with a game 61 pins over his average.In the girls division, Liz Gass threw a game that was 83 pins over her average for her first-place win.
Autumn Naill, 20 pins over heraverage, and Steven Schull, with 18 pins over his average, were the Most Improved Bowlers.
High average for the girls was Ann Ogle's 128; Chris Cole's 116 was high for the boys.
High series for the girls went to Sameria Howard's 343, and for the boys it was Travis Howard's 375 series.
Liz Gass' 138 was good for the girls high game and Joseph Purdy threw a 133 for the boys high game.
Jody Rodkey's 83 pins over average was good for second place in the boys division and Melanie Poff was 51 pins over average for second place in the girlsdivision.
Jack Devault spent the morning of May 5 on the golf course.
He did pretty good, too. Devault, an 18-handicap, won the Plus Program Tournament at West Winds in Frederick County and took home a set of clubs.
On the way home, Devault stopped in at Mount Airy lanes. The center was packed with bowlers, because it was the final day of the Wayne Logue Memorial Handicap Singles Tournament.
What was more natural than Devault deciding to take part in the tournament? Certainly the first three frames of the first game were nothingexciting; nine pins on the first ball for the opening three frames and three one pinners missed. Result: a 138 game. Not bad, but it won't win tournaments.
Devault came back in the next two games. The second was a 189, the third a 176 for a three-game scratch total of 503. Add his handicap and he had a 533 set and the first-place prize.
About 20 years, Devault began duckpin bowling. He bowls in the Monday Night Industrial league, the Wednesday Majors and the Friday Mixed -- all at Mount Airy lanes.
Jack's average is 136 with a high gameof 227 and a high series of 545.
So here's the formula for winning duckpin tournaments: go win a golfing tournament first.