Greenway Bowl Odenton has a new system in place, but it wasn't easy to get.
"Charlie Sauer stripped, oiled, stripped and re-oiled the lanes for weeks," said Peggy Tully, assistant manger at Greenway BowlOdenton.
"The ABC (American Bowling Congress) checked and re-checked. The Greater Baltimore Bowling Association was wonderful. No matter how many times I called them to check the lanes, they never refused. We were determined to have the new system of bowling in place and correct for our bowlers."
Three units of oil are in place and ready for thefall-winter leagues that begin Sept. 3.
Over the past couple of weeks that the oil has been in place, Charlie Sauer threw a 299 game. Bob Costner and Bob Boeh, bowling in the Carters Classic Tournament, both threw 289 games.
And Paul Barker had a 300 game under conditions that most bowlers never will encounter. He was bowling in the Monday Nite Youth/Adult League and had his 300 game while scores of youngsters rocked the center.
If you'd like to join a league, call Tully or manager Harry Thursby. Assistant manager Sharon Richardson willbe there, too, and Sauer is available for lane maintenance and in the pro shop.
The Senior League will bowl Friday mornings at 11, andthe youth, in Tully's capable hands, will bowl Saturday mornings at 10; those leagues have openings for youths from 2 to 20 years old.
And don't forget the fall-winter youth/adult jacket league that willbowl at 7 Monday nights. That's a new league, and it should be a lotof fun.
Call Tully at 551-7100.
Crofton Centre has three units of oil in place, ready for the start of the fall-winter season.
"League will start right after Labor Day weekend," said Sandy Jackson, general manager. "There are still openings in most of the leagues."
Joining Jackson will be day manager Esther Grimshaw and nightmanager Jim Finster. Tom Cole is the lane maintenance man.
Youth leagues will be Saturday mornings at 9, and the senior leagues will be Tuesday and Friday afternoons at 1 p.m.
Grimshaw has been at Crofton Centre since it opened in November 1978, and she bowls in four leagues at the center.
Grimshaw carries a 170 average, with a high game of 277 and a high series of 664. She lives in Bowie with her husband, Jim. He carries a 165 average.
"You have to love everything there is about bowling to stay around it as long as I have," Esther said.
Glenna Grimes, manager at Riviera Bowl, has been around duckpins for a long time, but she always seems to come up with something new for the fall-winter season.
"On Wednesday nights at 9:15 p.m. we're going to have a great new league," Grimes said. "It's a scratch triples league with a 365 limit. The action will be fast and furious, and, of course, it'll have some great duckpins bowlers in it."
Ellen Shillenberg will coordinate the returning bowlers into the leagues. League play will begin Sept. 3.
A huge youth program is planned for Saturdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Saturdays the leagues will start at 9:30 a.m. and noon. Wednesday play will start at 3:30 p.m and on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
The senior league will bowl Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m.
And don't forget the women's league at 10 a.m. Thursdays.
"There's a special league bowling this fall," said Rich Coalla, president of the Wednesday Night Men's Special League at Fair Lanes Annapolis. "We have 17 teams returning from last year, and we want to expand that to 24 teams."
Coalla is looking for seven more five-man teams to start that league at 9 p.m. next Wednesday.
Handicap will be 80 percent of 200 with a maximum of 50-pin handicap per bowler. The league will play for 36 weeks, with a cost of $12 per bowler per week. The league has been in existencesince 1981.
OK, what's makes it so "special"? Simple. If Coalla can field a league with a full 24 teams of five men each, the prize money for the league will total $25,000.
Information: Coalla, 757-3856, or Fair Lanes Annapolis, 266-0700.
The Baltimore Professional Duckpin Association invites duckpin bowlers to attend opening day Sunday at Fair Lanes Westview. A buffet is scheduled at noon, with the ceremonies following at 1 p.m. Competition will follow the ceremonies.
The pro league was formed in 1961 to gather the top 60 male bowlers in the Greater Baltimore area.
The men's division will begin its 31st season; the women will begin their 20th season.
The members of the league are drafted on to teams, similar to the drafts ofother professional sports.
"It is the only bowling league of its kind in the country," said Calvin Cohen, league secretary.
The league bowls 40 or more matches weekly and has its own tournament. Most of the matches are at Fair Lanes Westview, Greenway Bowl, Brooklyn Bowling Lanes and Edgemere Lanes.
The league is non-profit and makesannual donations to local charities.
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.