The new system of bowling, with its three units of oil, has been in place since the start of the winter season. And at Greenway Bowl Odenton, the players apparently are having no difficulty scoring on it.
Dan Tully, husband of assistant manager Peggy Tully, threw a 298 game just a few weeks after the season started.
"It could have been a 300 easy," he said. "I just took a little off thelast ball and came into the head pin too flush. I really did want this one because it would have been my first under the new conditions. Oh well, next time."
Pat Hanlon of Odenton, John Babbit of Fairfax, Va., and Ray Atkinson of Glen Burnie aren't having any troubleat all. They threw 300 games in September.
"John Babbit drives three hours round trip to bowl here," Peggy Tully said, "because he feels that the lane conditions are that good. He said that the conditionhere is more consistent than any other center he's bowled at."
Hanlon said, "Charlie Sauer (lane man at Greenway Odenton) does a greatjob with the lanes. The shot is tougher now, of course, because of the new rule of three units of oil, and I had to slow down my ball. I used a Purple Hammer because the Blue Hammer I favor doesn't snap at the back end after oil has been carried down."
Hanlon, a machine operator for a local firm, started bowling in the youth leagues. He quit for a long time but five years ago he started bowling again. He has an average of 194 in three leagues, Wednesday Mixers, Friday Foursome (where he shot his last 300 game) and the Saturday Mix-Up, all at Greenway Odenton. His high set is 759.
"He really felt that this 300 was more important to him than the 300 he shot last year," Peggy Tully said, "because of the more difficult lane conditions."
Atkinson can adapt to any lane condition in any house, and he's proved it over a 23-year career. It's the reason that he'll be inducted into theGreater Baltimore Bowling Association Hall of Fame.
Atkinson, owner and operator of Ray Atkinson's Painting Co., lives in Glen Burnie with his wife, Lillian, and daughter, Pamela. Lillian carries a 180 average, and Pamela, 11, has a 120 average in the YABA. Pamela startedbowling when she was 7 years old, and she's a straight-A student at Chesapeake Bay Middle School where she's in the sixth grade.
Ray is the owner of 17 300 games, 10 800 sets and a ton of 700 sets. His high series is 803 and last year his high average was 224.
"This last 300 game meant a lot to me," he said. "After years of cranking theball I went back to a down-and-in shot because of the three units ofoil. I used a Nitro bowling ball, 16 pounds, but because of the down-and-in shot all the strain is off my hand and arm now.
"I really feel that the new system will add years to my bowling career. I know that now bowling is easier on me than it has been for the past 15 years. My dad is 63 years old, and he has a 197 average under the new conditions. My hat's off to Charlie Sauer. He's done a great job with the lanes."
Michael Hardee, 15, bowling in the Rug Rats Youth League at Greenway Bowl Odenton, threw a 278 game last month.
Three women from Greenway won qualifying spots to the LPBA Hammer Eastern Open at Country Club Lanes. Joy Smith had a four-game total of 838. Kendra Cameron shot a 778, and Linda Belcher's score was 775.
Jeff Pyles, who bowls at Severna Park Lanes, will defend his title when Fair Lanes Middlesex plays host to the Fair Lanes Men's Masters Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10.
First prize is $4,000. Amateur bowlers can compete with the pros as youth, senior and adult proams will precede the pro tournament.
Information: 686-2121 and 363-6630.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday inthe Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.
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