Linda Moltz started bowling nine years ago. She lives in Edgewood with her husband, Preston, a pressman for The Baltimore Sun papers, andher two daughters, Shannon, 18, and Kristy, 17.
She's a computer operator and bowls in the Tuesday Morning Trios at Crofton Centre.
Preston started bowling last year, and already he's averaging 150. Shannon just started this year.
"She's getting better every week," Linda said. "She's averaging about 140 now."
Linda is doing a little better than that. Her average is 180 and her high game is 267. Not bad figures, but she's more proud of the series that she threw onJuly 16 in the Tuesday Morning Trios league -- games of 223, 213 and215 for a powerful 651 set.
You're probably thinking to yourself,'Here's a lady who cranks up the big hook with a 16-pound bowling ball.' Wrong.
Linda has a simple approach to bowling: "I throw a 10-pound bowling ball," she said. "Hard and straight."
One other thing: "I think that Crofton's the best center I've bowled in," she said."It's just a great house."
Diane Hobbs, of Lansdowne, is kind of leaning toward Greenway Bowl East as her favorite house.
Hobbs bowls in the Youth Travel League at Fair Lanes Southwestin Linthicum, as well as other centers in the area, but on July 14, Greenway Bowl East was a great center as far as she was concerned.
That was the date of the 14th annual Youth Duckpin Invitational Tournament that brought the top 16 bowlers -- eight girls and eight boys -- after 25 games of preliminary matches to compete for the top prizes.
The 16finalists were the last of the 120 top youth duckpin bowlers in the nation.
Top-seeded in Division I, Hobbs defeated Shawna Laird, of Dundalk, to earn the right to meet Lauree Simpson, of Falls Church, for the single-game championship match.
Simpson, 20, carries a 132 average, with a powerful high game and high set of 208 and 495, respectively.
In her first frame, Simpson threw a strike. Hobbs came back with a first-frame spare and filled the second-frame with a strike.
Simpson never gave up, but after Hobbs threw a doubleheader in the fifth and sixth frames, the game was never in doubt.
Hobbs finished with a spare, strike and spare to claim a 166-121 victory.
Hobbs, 17, is a senior at Lansdowne High and lives with her parents, Dot and Bill Hobbs. Her career high game is 170, and her high set is 451.
How did she feel about her victory in one of the most prestigious events in youth bowling? Pretty simple reply, really.
"Excited," was her answer.
That kind of says it all.
Youth travel league
If some of you younger folks would like to bowl in the travel league that Diane Hobbs competes in, here's your chance.
The Independent Youth Travel League have a meeting to discuss the 1991-1992 season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Greenway Bowl East.
The boys teams' average has a limit of 600, and the girls teams' average has a limit of 560. As always, if you do not have a team, you'll be assisted in putting one together.
Cost is $5.50 weekly, and the league expects to bowl in the following houses: Greenway Bowl East, Greenway Glen Burnie, Deidel's, Parkville, Taylor's of Stoneleigh, Fair Lanes Southwest and Bowl America Reisterstown.
OnJuly 27-28, The National Amateur Bowlers Inc. will conduct
a tournament at Forest Hill Lanes. Information: 838-4777.
On Aug. 3-4, the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. will return to Crofton Bowling Centre. Information: 721-2401.
Home Team Sports willcarry a bowling show, "Duckpin Magic," at 10 a.m. every Saturday. The Fair Lanes Men's Masters Tournament will be featured July 20-27 andAug. 3-10.
The Coor's Light Classic Finals will be shown Aug. 17,24 and 31, and Sept. 7.
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.