TANEYTOWN — The Holiday Happiness Duckpin Doubles Tournament at Thunderhead Lanes here drew some of the finest duckpin bowlers in the area.
Jim Hood and Bob Burras Sr. took first place and the $500 that went with it; Bobby Blizzard and Don Bollinger, second; Dennis Frock and Abey Abend, third.
Dennis Frock? Duckpins?
We'll get back to that, folks.
The winners, Bob Burras Sr. and Jim Hood, are from Frederick; they just come to Carroll County to beat up on the duckpin bowlers.
Hood carries a 121 average with a high career game of 207. Naturally, he waited for this tournament to throw his high set: 473.
Hood's wife, Glenna, carries about a 97 average and bowls in one league, the Sunday Night Mixed at Arcade Lanes in Frederick. Jim Hood, 36, has been bowling for about 12 years and says: "I didn't do a thing differently in the tournament. Taneytown is just a great house for me. It's great to win, but I bowl because I really enjoy the game."
Burras bowls at Arcade Lanes and is averaging about 117, up from last year's 114. With a high game of 195 and a high set of 457, Burras is an average bowler.
That's the beauty of a handicap tournament: Average bowlers always have a chance.
Bollinger and Blizzard teamed up to take the $250 second prize with a 1,088 total, just 18 pins less than the winners.
Bollinger bowls at Taneytown, lives in Taneytown and likes to bowl in the local tournaments. He's thrown games of 243, with a series of 557 and an average of about 140.
Blizzard also lives in Taneytown and bowls in the Saturday Travel League, the Men's Majors and Monday Triples at Thunderhead Lanes in Westminster. He carries 140-plusaverage, with a high game of 235 and a high set of 526.
"I feel Ican compete with anyone right now," Blizzard said before the tournament.
Now, about Dennis Frock and Abey Abend, the third-place finishers who rolled a 1,078 total.
Both are tenpin bowlers in disguise.
That's right, the third-place winners in a duckpin tournament are really tenpin bowlers who just fool around with duckpins.
Abend carries a 185-plus average in tenpins and a 135-plus in ducks. His career high tenpin game is 290; in duckpins, it's 192. The tenpin high set is 758, and in duckpins, it's over 480.
Abend lives in Taneytown with his wife, Jody, who works at Thunderhead in Westminster. Jodycarries a 128 average in ducks.
Dennis Frock started out bowling duckpins but dropped the game for tenpins, until returning to ducks last year. The 20-year-old Westminster resident bowls tenpins at Thunderhead Westminster and County Lanes. On Friday nights, he bowls duckpins at Thunderhead Taneytown.
His tenpin average is over 180; in duckpins, it's 120.
"I like bowling," Frock said. "I'll keep right on bowling as much as I can."
Women's weekly winners included Shirl Burras with a 160 for Nov. 24, and Ginny Ferree each of the remaining three weeks: a 161 Dec. 1, a 163 Dec. 8 and a 148 Dec. 15.
David Noyes, who is rapidly becoming a force to reckon with in the duckpin community, threw a 198 to take high men's game Nov. 24.
Blizzardhad a 188 Dec. 1, Bollinger threw a monster 233 game Dec. 8 and Larry Gregersen shot a 210 Dec. 15.
Ferree had the ladies' high scratch series with a 440; Bollinger threw an awesome 533 series for the men's high set.
Ebonite is introducing a new tenpin bowling ball, the Nitro Purple Haze.
Using the Blue Nitro's unique additives,Ebonite has developed a dull purple urethane for use when the Nitro is hooking too early.
The Purple Haze can be polished for extremely dry lane conditions.
Fair Lanes Ritchie in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County: Pro Spot Qualifier for PBA Championship; 8:30 and 11 a.m. (410) 761-3800.
Fair Lanes Westview, Baltimore County: Lord Baltimore Duckpin Tournament.
Fair Lanes Kings Point, Baltimore County: 12th annual Ebonite/Fair Lanes Collegiate Team Bowling Championships; winners in each division earn a $1,200 scholarship.
Fair Lanes Towson, Baltimore County: Maryland 600 Club Inc. mixed doubles tournament.
Coors Cutter Duckpin Tournament with qualifying five-game events in January at various Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America locations; one man and one women for every 10 lanes advances to the national finals May 16-17.