Handicap System Gives The Poor Bowler A Leg Up


August 25, 1991|By Donald G. Vitek

"Even if you have a low average, don't give up" -- that's the advicethat Marcus Jackson has for bowlers.

"Because anyone can have a big game or a big series and with the handicap system everyone has a chance of being a winner."

Marcus Jackson knows. He bowls in the Chaselle company league at Brunswick Columbia and carries a 128 average. Marcus is a supervisor in the receiving department of Chaselle, an arts, crafts and school supplier in Columbia. He began bowling just a few short months ago when his fellow workers talked him into trying the game. That was easy to do because Chaselle is just a few hundred feet from the Columbia bowling center.

Marcus, 23, will be attending Catonsville Community College this fall with a view to acquiring a degree in business management. But I think that he'll continue to bowl after what happened inthe Bowl and Boat Summer Tournament at Columbia Center this past month.

That tournament was for all league bowlers, both from last season and the summer leagues and attracted 1,125 entries.

Marcus didn't win the first tournament he entered, but what he did do was astounding for someone with a 128 average and about three months of experience. He threw games of 191, 182 and 201 for a 574 series. That 201 was his career high game and since he was 73 pins over his average he won a month of free open play at Columbia.

That's great; but countthat set again: 574. That's 190 pins over his average series of 384.That's awesome.

Clinton Brown won the tournament, which was basedstrictly on pins-over-average for a single game of the three game series bowled, with a 214 second game that was 90 pins over his 151 average. Forget the other two games; he didn't need big scores in eitherof them. That win was worth a year of free open play at the center. And he received a fishing rod and reel.

Kennie Ervin won a fishingrod and reel for his second-place finish. His second game was a fine226; that's 84 pins over his average of 142. That win gets him six months of free open play Columbia.

The third place prize of three months of free open play went to Mike Najarian. His first game was a 233; that's 83 pins over his 150 average and just a single pin from tying for second place. See, I keep telling you bowlers to get all yourwood; it can count big at times.


Brunswick Columbia is running a Fire Into Fall program until Sept. 2, 1991; that's Labor Day. From 9:00 a.m. until closing you can bowl for 99 cents a game. There goes your excuse for not practicing.


Like to bowl in a little shorter league this year? The VIB League at Columbia will cover only 28 weeks. VIB stands for Very Important Bowler and the league will bowl on Monday nights starting on Sept. 23, 1991, at 9:15 p.m. At the end of the season you'll receive a Twister ball, Regency bag and shoes.Or $100 cash back.


Brunswick Normandy lanes just played hostto its house tournament for the last season's winter leagues and this summer's teams. First prize was $250, and second prize was $125. Thirteen teams bowled over five days to see who could post the highest handicapped scores as a five-man team.

The Colts and Fillies team of Brian Sonney, Audrey Sonney, Ronnie Semmont, Rick Brostrom and Matt Hayes posted a 3,322 total to take first place.

The Monday Meb'sHandicap team of Ron Brady, Denny Ashley, Robert Carr, Floyd Carr and John ny Gibson shot a 3,265 total for second place.

The winning team almost didn't have a full team. With game time rapidly approaching, one of the fillies of the Colts and Fillies team was absent. Now what do you do?

Brian Sonney had the answer. Yell for mom.

Brian bowls at the Normandy lanes in the Thursday Night Mixed league as well as the Sunday Night league, where his mother also bowls. Brian carries a 178 average with a high set of 682. His threw his high game of 286 to help win the tournament.

Audrey, pressed into service at the last possible moment, filled out the team that went on to victory. Audrey carries a 145 average -- and she's there when you need her. Ask Brian.

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