Jim Brown, Wayne Hough, Terry Logan and Percy Mack each waited untilthey were 50 or older to become professional bowlers but it would behard to tell that seeing the numbers they put up.
The four, all of whom bowl in Howard, finished in the top 13 in September at the ABCEast bowling center in Harrisburg, Pa., where the Eastern Senior Tour Association conducted its tournament.
Brown won the tournament, Hough was third, Logan finished 11th, and Mack cashed in at No. 13.
The ESTA was started just over a yearago by ex-PBA bowler Joe Nagy. At first, there were 19 members.
"Now we have 131 members in the mid-Atlantic area and I expect to have140 members by the end of the year and 150 shortly after that," Nagysaid. "We just welcomed our first lady member, Ms. Elizabeth Warren from Bridgewater, Va., to our ranks."
If you're 50 or older and would like to bowl with some of the best senior bowlers in the area, call Nagy at his Camp Hill, Pa. home, 717-761-3087.
Brown, of Columbia, bowls in the Wednesday night men's league at Brunswick Columbia lanes and carried a 198 average last year. His high game is 289 and high series is 735. When he isn't on the PBA senior tour or the ESTA tour, you'll find Brown coaching the Morgan State University track team. For 30 years Jim also coached track in the Montgomery County schoolsystem.
Hough, an attorney and real estate entrepreneur, bowls inthe Tuesday and Wednesday night doubles leagues at Brunswick Normandy. This is Hough's seventh season of bowling. That's total years of bowling. He didn't pick up a bowling ball until he was 49 and decided that basketball was getting a little tough on his leg.
In the ESTAtournament, Hough threw a 244 game in the step-ladder finals. Hough and his partner won the doubles league for the second year in a row at Normandy Lanes.
For Logan, the good news is that a pulled tendonin his arm is getting better.
The bad news is that it will make Logan tough to beat in senior tournaments.
Logan bowls in the Monday Baltimore Scratch league at Country Club lanes and the Wednesday Anytime/Funtime league at Brunswick Normandy. His average is 210 and this year he added another 700-series to his total. A 26-year employee of the Department of Defense, Logan bowls both the PBA senior tour and ESTA.
In October, he finished third at Atlantic City's Showboat Lanes; Hough finished fourth there. And in November, he placed 37 in a field of 170 in a regional PBA event in Delaware.
Mack is expecting to have a pretty good bowling team at Catonsville Community College this year. Mack bowls in the Friday Doubles and the Monday MorningCoca-Cola doubles at Fair Lanes Woodlawn, and Wednesdays at Brunswick Normandy. Mack has thrown five 300 games and has a 788 high series;his average is 212.
He started out teaching physical education, four years in Virginia and four in West Virginia. He then transferred to the Baltimore city school system, where he taught for 29 years.
The ESTA program is a good place for seniors to start bowling, Mack said. "You can get experience under tough conditions and decide if you want to go on the PBA seniors tour."
Entries are being accepted for Ebonite/Fair Lanes' 12th Annual Collegiate Bowling Championships. They'll take place on Feb. 1-2 at Fair Lanes Kings Point, Randallstown.
Last year saw a record 40 teams compete, a sellout.
"Teams better get their entries in fast," said Stacy Karten, tournamentdirector. "We should have no problem selling out again."