It surely is going to be interesting at Bowl America Odenton. Joey Garafano is the new manager, and major renovations are on tap in the immediate future.
Garafano has been bowling for 22 years and in bowling management for 18 of those years. So when he says, "I listen to the bowlers," it's easy to believe he does just that.
When you leave the center, it's not unusual to have him meet you at the door to ask how things are going.
"I have pride in the factthat lanes here are consistent," said Garafano. "I'll keep a fair shot for everyone, but I won't set up a shot for a tournament. I want the bowler to have the same conditions seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. That's what I work for, a consistent, fair shot every day for everybody."
Garafano carries a 196 average with three 300 games and a 836 series.
"I have had to give up bowling for a short while because of an operation," he said. "But I can't wait to get back on the lanes."
What's next for the Bowl American Odenton center?
"There's going to be a complete renovation early in 1992, and that includes automatic scoring for the lanes," Garafano said.
Donna Ratcliff of Riviera Beach will be out of action for about a month with foot surgery.
Ratcliff, a 134-average bowler, already has recovered from last year's operation for carpal tunnel syndrome in her bowling hand. During the summer she hammered out two 516 series. And broke her career-high single game with a 212.
On Sept. 29, in the Winter Saturday Night Mixed Pleasure League at Riviera Bowl, she threw games of 164, 172 and 208 for a fantastic 544 series. That broke the Riviera Bowl women's house record, which she already held.
"I'm not doing anything different," she said. "I'm still using the same old duckpin balls and throwing them the same way I always did."
Only better,it appears.
Herb Cottrell is a quiet bowler who's all business when he's on the duckpin lanes. He carries a 146 average in leagueplay in the Friday Night Quads at Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie and the Monday Night Quads at Fair Lanes Westview.
"I'm bowling on the ProTour this year for the first time," Cottrell said. "And so far, I'm averaging 153 there."
Cottrell, a Department of Defense employee, lives in Pasadena with his wife, Kathi, and started bowling as a youngster. That means he's been bowling for about 25 years.
"I really enjoy the game," he said. "Bowling is just plain fun, but when you'regoing good, why, that's a great bonus."
Cottrell received a bonusin the form of a check from Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie for $300. On Friday, Sept. 13, he threw games of 173, 195 and 202 for a 570 series.That's only 20 pins below Jim McCain's house records of 590.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 14th annual Bowl U.S.A. will take placeon Sunday, Dec. 1, at 28 bowling centers in Maryland, including Severna Park Lanes, Southdale Fair Lanes and Annapolis Fair Lanes.
Bowl U.S.A. participants collect donations or pledges for every point they score in a three-game series of bowling. It's open to bowlers of all ages.
Information: Melanie Marion, 771-9000.
National Amateur Bowlers Inc. will conduct a tournament at Fair Lanes Ritchie in Glen Burnie on Nov. 16 and 17.
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.
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