For the 23rd consecutive year, the Professional Bowlers Association tour will stop in Maryland next February.
Fair Lanes Woodlawn in Baltimore will be the host to the top men bowlers in the world Feb. 16-22 in the $150,000 PBA Open, with a top prize of $23,000.
Pete Weber is the defending champion. Weber won the championship when Del Ballard needed seven pins on his final ball and rolled a gutter ball. Local pro Danny Wiseman, from Parkville, won the tournament two years ago.
The tournament will feature youth and adult pro-am events Feb. 16 and 18 and the preliminary rounds of the tournament will begin Feb. 19 and run through Feb. 22 with the finals televised nationally on ABC.
"The professional bowlers put on a tremendous show and it is always a crowd pleaser," said Steve Carley, Fair Lanes president. "We are looking forward to an exciting and rewarding week for bowlers and fans alike."
Two Maryland pairs finished sixth and 10th in the Women's All-Star Association Mixed Doubles Tournament held at the Showboat in Atlantic City.
Cindy Carroll and John Tragert of Gaithersburg, finished sixth with 7,444 pins and won $1,000 and Joan Finger and John Kane of Bel Air were 10th (7,052) and earned $800.
Top individual finishers among the women included Debbie Kuhn of Baltimore, 26th, with 1,540 pins for $140 and Debbie Wicks of Dover, Del., 46th with 1,485 pins for $90.
Tops among the men were Bruce Hollen (13th) of Perry Hall, 1,702 pins and $360; Marty Letscher (28th), Bel Air, 1,654 and $255; David Reed (29th), Clinton, 1,646 and $250; and Joe Eiler (38th), Baltimore, 1,620 and $205.
Two of the largest tournaments on the men's and women's pro duckpin tours will be rolled in local Fair Lanes establishments this month and in November.
Fair Lanes Middlesex will be the site of the top men duckpin bowlers in the nation in the Duckpin Bowlers Professional Association Masters Tournament Nov. 9-10.
More than 150 bowlers will be vying for the top prize of $4,000. Jeff Pyles of Hyattsville is the defending champion.
Youth, senior and adult pro-ams will be rolled in conjunction with the Men's Masters.
The Ladies Duckpin Grand Prix will be bowled at Fair Lanes Owings Mills, Oct. 19-20.
Nearly 100 of the leading women duckpin bowlers will compete for the $2,000 first prize. Diane Jasper of Laurel, who is shooting for her third straight Bowler of the Year title, is the defending champion.
A youth pro-am will be rolled today, a senior pro-am Thursday and an adult pro-am Friday.
Fair Lanes will reward Baltimore County school children with free bowling during this school year with its "A Day" program.
Students with at least one A on their reports can roll three free games at any Fair Lanes center.
The first Harry Dowda Open Mixed Doubles Duckpin Tournament will be held at Fair Lanes Westview in Baltimore Oct. 26-27.
The tournament, which will feature a five-game format, will have a top prize of $800 for first place, $400 for second and $250 for third.
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