Tony Tully is 15 years old, lives in Glen Burnie with his mom and dad, Peggy and Dan Tully, and bowls in the Saturday Youth League at Greenway Bowl Odenton. Tony, a Glen Burnie High School student, is averaging 184.
And that's just half the story.
Throwing a 16-pound Nitro bowling ball drilled and fitted by Charlie Sauer of Greenway Odenton, Tully had one of those days all bowlers dream about.
On Jan. 11, he threw games of 242, 258 and 229. That 258 was a career-high single game and the foundation for his career-high series of 729.
"I didn't do anything any different," Tully said. "I just had a good day."
I guess you could say that, considering that a whole lot of bowlers never have cracked a 700 set; forget about doing it when you're 15.
Danny Polumbo, a youth coach at Greenway Odenton, had a couple of days that he won't forget for a while.
Polumbo lives in Glen Burnie with his wife, Sharon, and has been bowling since he was kid.
"That's why I coach the kids now," he said. "A lot of people helped me when I began bowling, and I like to give someone else the same help. Bob Boeh and Charlie Sauer are still helping me. And Sharon, my daughter Brook, and son Danny Jr. giveme a ton of support."
The help and support Polumbo's received haspropelled him into the ranks of the better amateur bowlers in the area.
The Rent-A-Center employee, manager of the Essex branch, is averaging 217 in the Tuesday Coor's League and the Thursday Capitol Men's League at Greenway Odenton. It was in these leagues that lightningstruck twice, two days apart.
On Jan. 7, Polumbo threw games of 258, 299 and 267 for a fantastic 824 series. Both the 299 game and theseries are career highs.
On Jan. 9, he rolled a lowly 741 series,but one of the games was a 298.
"I'm right-handed," he said, "andthe last ball went into the pocket fine. But even with all the pins moving left, the seven pin stood. That hurt.
"With the 298 game, it was a little different. I came in heavy on the headpin and left the6-10, but with a little luck, I could have had a crossover for a Brooklyn strike.
"Next time, I'll get the 300. It's just a matter of time."
Larry Nalls of Essex won a one-game roll-off to capture the second of five Fair Lanes pro spots for the upcoming Fair Lanes$150,000 PBA Open, Feb. 16-22 at Fair Lanes Woodlawn.
Nalls defeated Daniel Syromi Jr. of Baltimore at Fair Lanes Ritchie. After the six-game qualifier, Nalls and Syromi had identical scores of 1361. In the roll-off, Nalls threw a 234 game to beat Syromi's 229.
In addition to the Pro Spot, Nalls won $300.
The next Fair Lanes Pro Spotqualifier will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25 at Fair Lanes University in Adelphi, Md.
Information: (301) 439-1660.
Update on my pick for the Youth Bowler of the Year in 1991, Kendra Cameron.
Cameron, a graduate of Arundel Senior High and a freshman on the EssexCommunity College bowling team, is the daughter of Ed and Sue Cameron of Gambrills. She recently won the singles shoot-out at the first annual Peabody Classic at Binghamton, N.Y.
She entered the single-elimination shoot-out as the eighth seed. That meant she had to bowl against the No. 1 seed.
Cameron defeated the top seed, 223-210, andlater defeated her next two opponents, 215-200 and 179-176, to win the $175 scholarship.
In the next event, the Atlantic City Collegiate Invitational Bowling Tournament, she threw the high game, 275, andthe high series, 713, and had the high average, 219, to lead the Essex team to a seventh-place finish.
Essex Community College coach Carl Cuneo said, "Kendra has the ability and the attitude to become a top professional bowler."
Duckpinners, don't forget, Duckpin Magicstill is on Home Team Sports at 10 a.m. Saturdays. It's a great show. Don't miss it.
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.