Anne Arundel County was represented by nine of the 265 finalists whocompeted in the first Coors Light $25,000 Duckpin Classic at Turner's Long Meadow Bowl in Hagerstown.
Henry Humm, Michael Firitz and Terry Edmondson qualified at Fair Lanes Southwest, and Louis Grudziecki and Spike Ferguson qualified at Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie.
Of the women who reached the finals, Jessie Shears, Kathy Evans, Blanche Billello and Lola Taylor all qualified at Southwest.
The finalists advanced from January qualifiers in 61 Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America member bowling centers. Nearly 3,000 bowlers took part in the tournament.
Humm received $90 for his 15th-place finish, Fritz took 98th, Edmondson finished in 110th. Grudziecki was 121th and Furguson was in 133rd place.
Shears received $250 for her seventh-place finish. Evans finished 49th, Billello was in 60th place andTaylor took 104th position.
Evans, typical of the bowlers in thistournament, carries a 104 average with a high game of 175 and a highset of 400.
She bowls in the Thursday Mixed 4's League at Southwest and has been bowling, off and on, for about 10 years. She's been bowling steadily for only two years.
"It was great to meet folks from all the different states," said Ev
ans, an administrative assistant with M.E. Muller, an engineering consultant firm.
"The camaraderie was fantastic. Everyone was so friendly. It helped a lot, but Iwas still nervous."
Just to qualify for this event is an exceptional feat.
Check out what Theresa Pearson accomplished over the weekend of May 11 and 12 at Severna Park Lanes.
In the Chesapeake Open Doubles Tournament, Pearson, using a pair of bowling balls sheinherited from her father, Buddy Vermillion (a pretty fair bowler), threw a 692 four-game series that broke the world's record of 681 setby Kathy Boswell on May 5, 1987.
With her partner, Ron Johnson ofAnnapolis, Pearson set a four-game mixed double world record with 1,325.
That eclipsed the previous mixed double record of 1,163 set in October 1974. That 1,325 was
also higher than the 1,301 series that Jeff Pyles and Buddy Creamer threw for the four-game record for men's doubles in the same tournament.
"I felt as if I had a mission," said Pearson, an administrative assistant for the state and a native of Harwood.
"I felt that way because there were some women thatsaid I wouldn't have a chance bowling the top male bowlers in the country. But when I was young, my mother, Nan, was my coach and she taught me not to quit."
Jeff Pyles, maybe the best duckpin bowler in the nation, certainly one of the best and owner of a couple of duckpin records that might never be broken, urged Pearson to bowl in the event.
"Before the tournament, Jeff said he hoped that I would do great, just to silence some people," Pearson said. "I feel that I did pretty good. I think that I proved that a woman can compete against men in a scratch tournament."
Johnson, Pearson's partner in the record-breaking event, carries a 144 average and has a high game of 235 and a high set of 561. He's a partner in the O'Neill Painting company.
"I just rode along with Theresa. She was bowling just great and I just tried to stay with her," he said.
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