Joe Morgan, who became manager of Fair Lanes Ritchie on July 5, gives a whole new meaning to the cliche "a new broom sweeps clean."
Already the old carpeting has been torn up from the concourse and replaced. The bar is being refurbished, and the old air conditioner will be replaced.
When Morgan says, "I'm here for the bowler," you have to believe it.
Joe Morgan has been bowling since he was 9. He carries a 153 average with a high game of 254 and a high set of 599.
"I know I'm not a great bowler," Morgan said, "but I'll be bowling in the Monday Night Men's Continental League and probably some other leagues as well. I want to bowl enough in this center so that I know the conditionsthat the bowlers will face on the lanes.
"I can tell you that we'll have three units of oil down for the first 30 feet for the openingof the fall-winter season."
Morgan was a manager for the restaurant chain Denny's until four months ago, when he had the opportunity to join Fair Lanes' manager-training program.
"I jumped at the chance," Morgan said. "Fair Lanes runs a class act, and I wanted to be part of it."
Morgan lives in Annapolis. He was born and raised in Anne Arundel County.
Two assistant managers work at Ritchie -- ScottBriggs also will oversee the youth program, and James Blue doubles as marketing manager. Cheryl Mosely is the marketing coordinator.
And for you folks who want something completely new, there's the Bahamas Cruise League.
The league will be Wednesdays at 9:15 p.m., and at the end of the season, the latter part of May, all league members will go on a Bahamas cruise.
The price is $25 per week per bowler,covering the bowling, the airfare to Cape Canaveral and the cruise to the Bahamas, the flight back home, three meals a day and drinks.
And don't forget the Coca-Cola This-Is-It Doubles. It's $10 per weekwith a prize of $1,000 for first place, based on 20 teams of two members for 20 weeks. It starts 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.
All of the fall-winter leagues will start the last week of August and the first week of September.
Bowl America Glen Burnie will have something new this season -- the Seniors Tournament the first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. It will feature three games of bowling and a luncheon for $6.50.
You can call the new assistant manager, Janet Wheeler, for more information.
Wheeler was manager at Bowl America Dundalk until that center closed. She joined the Glen Burnie center in May and has been with the Bowl America organization for three years.
She bowled in five leagues last year. This year she's cutting down abit. Her high game is 254 and her high set is 645.
Wheeler, who averages 165, lives in Dundalk with her husband and four children.
Chuck Kelly continues as manager at Glen Burnie Bowl America with Wheeler, Mark Close and Craig Smith assisting. Joann Udes is league coordinator.
For league information, call 761-7005.
Lloyd Price, spokesman for the ABT, has announced the cancellation of the Baltimore-area tournaments. Prepaid admissions can be used for theWashington tournaments.
The Crofton Centre Labor Day Tournament will include a combination of Baltimore and Washington bowlers.
The independent Youth Duckpin Travel League will meet to discuss the 1991-1992 season at 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at Greenway Bowl East.
The boys team average has a limit of 600, and the girls team average has a limit of 560.
As in the past, those who do not have a team for next year canget help forming a team.
The bowling centers expected to participate during the 1991-1992 season are Greenway Bowl East, Greenway GlenBurnie, Seidel's, Parkville, Taylor's at Stoneleigh and Bowl AmericaReisterstown.
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.