"I've been in the bowling industry over 20 years," said Sharon Scott, marketing director at Fair Lanes Annapolis. "And the crew that we have at Annapolis now is one of the best I've seen."
Scott said a new system using three units of oil on the lanes is in place for the start of the fall/winter season.
Approximately 40 leagues will begin the last week in August and just after Labor Day.
The youth leagues will be on Saturday mornings, and the Senior League will bowl Friday mornings at 10.
"We do have a new league that should prove interesting," Scott said. "On Thursday evenings at 9 p.m., we'll have a mixed scratch triples league with a limit of 590. That should be a great league for the advanced bowler."
Marc Skier, former manager at Fair Lanes Ritchie, is the newmanager at Annapolis. He'll be assisted by Shawn Stealey, and James Briscoe will work the control counter in the evenings.
"The folks in the Annapolis area are just great," Scott said. "Everyone that bowls here seems to have so much fun."
Fair Lanes Southdale has a new manager for the start of the new season: Butch Swyane has takenover the reins from Dennis Scott this month.
Jack Tatum moved from Fair Lanes Annapolis to Southdale as assistant manager, and Judy Martinsen will return as the day manager.
The leagues start the lastweek of August and just after Labor Day weekend. The youth leagues will meet Saturdays at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.
The Senior League will bowl Wednesday mornings at 10, with the first session starting thefirst Wednesday after Labor Day.
"Bowling is a growing sport," Tatum said. "More and more people are getting interested in bowling every day."
Tatum bowled in the Thursday Mixed Nuts League last year at Southdale, where he carried a 165 average. He has a career-high game of 229 and a high series of 598. He's been with the Fair Lanes organization for almost two years.
"Scores increased last season," said Larry Wiseman, who takes care of the lanes and mechanical problems at Severna Park Lanes. He's a busy man because Severna Park features both tenpins and duckpins.
Wiseman was talking about the higher duckpin average that followed the installation of new pin decks and a single piece of rubber on the kickbacks, replacing the two pieces of rubber that had to be glued together.
Two long-standing houserecords were broken: Ron Johnson threw a 257 game and Kirk Johnson had a 552 series. That's outstanding.
Mike Davidson is the manager at Severna Park Lanes. Darlene Meyer, who will be at Severna Park 12 years next month, continues as day manager.
The youth director is Candy Fontz. Youth leagues will bowl at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays.
The senior leagues will be at 1 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Fridays.
Leagues will start after the Labor Day weekend.
What about the new system of bowling with the three units of oil on the tenpin lanes? "Three units of oil will be applied to 22 feet from the foul line and then buffed to 35 feet," Wiseman said. "Everything will be ready for the fall/winter season."
Fair Lanes Inc. will be playing host to open-house events that feature unlimited free bowling at all of its bowling centers. The open houses take place Aug. 24, from opening hours until 5 p.m.
"The open houses are a way for Fair Lanes to thank the public for their patronage," said Fair Lanes Vice President WilliamQuigley. "We also want everyone that hasn't bowled in a while to tryit again."
Information on adult and youth leagues will be available in detail at the open houses.
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.