Betty Hale picked the right spot for her career-high, three-game tenpin series. The 167-average bowler threw a big 637 series in the summer tournament at Kings Point Randallstown lanes. That set was worth $80.
Hale bowls in the Friday Night Friendship league at Brunswick Normandy, the Wednesday Anytime/Funtime league, and the Wednesday morning Queen Bees. That's a lot of leagues for a lady who only began bowling four years ago.
Four years ago her daughter and son-in-law, Karen and John Jacobi, were bowling in the Captain and Crew Wednesday night league at Normandy and invited Betty and her husband, Bob, to bowl with them. The Hales walked into the Normandy center without knowing a thing about tenpins. That first year, Betty and Bob each carried an average in the 130s.
"Then we became interested in the game," Betty said. "We started practicing and joined other leagues."
That paid off. Now Bob Hale's average is about 160 and Betty has that big 637 series and a 236 high game. And her average is 170 this summer.
As secretary fora Normandy summer league, Betty has also learned about the flip sideof bowling -- the hard work that goes on under the surface.
"Whata headache," she said. "All the rules that you have to learn, peoplecoming up for information while you're bowling. I never realized what a lot of work the league secretary has to do."
Folks, don't everforget the league officers who hold your league together, who are always there to help, to interpret the rules, to make the league run smoothly and make your bowling fun. It's easy to forget that a lot of hard work goes into running a league. It wouldn't hurt to say thanks.
"Bowling is a wonderful sport," Betty said. "The friends that you make, the fact that both you and your husband can compete together, the exercise, the fun. It's just great."
"I'm really not what you would call a bowler," Rachael Deming said. "I guess I'm what you'd call a recreational bowler."
Deming, daughter of Barbara Deming,sales director for Brunswick Columbia bowling center, is 20 years old and a student at Towson State University, where she's studying to become a speech pathologist.
Deming also does part-time telemarketing for Columbia lanes and is leader of the Mod Squads -- that's Mod Squad I and Mod Squad II. Mod Squad II is for bowlers 5 to 11 years old; Mod Squad I is for the children 11 and older.
"The kids are just great," she said. "They're all good kids and we have a lot of fun together."
How did Deming get to oversee a gang of young bowlers? Simple. On Thursday mornings the ladies' Columbia Gemette league bowls. A lot of the women have small children. So, while the mothers bowl uninterrupted at one end of the house, the kids bowl at the other.
"We have some kids who are having a great summer bowling," said Deming. "Gretchen Dellinger is only seven years old and she has a 40 average. She never misses being here and she's always ready to bowl."
Josh Freifeld is doing pretty good, too. He has a 38 average but he'shad games as high as 105.
"We have bumpers in the channels for the kids that want to use them," Deming said. "But if they want to bowlwithout them, that's OK."
If you're too old for the Mod Squad, you might want to try out for the Eastern Area Seniors Tournament Association. This is an organization founded by Joe Nagy, a member ofthe Professional Bowlers Association for some 29 years and a part-time PBA Seniors Tournament competitor. To qualify for the ESTA you have to be over 50. The fee is $50 and includes the initiation, the official ESTA bowling shirt and the first years' dues ($15).
There areten regularly scheduled ESTA tournaments each year, plus the championship tournaments. Regular tournaments are conducted one Sunday a month, starting in March.
Information, contact Nagy: Eastern Seniors Tournament Association, 105 Old Ford Drive, Camp Hill, Pa. 17011.