Bill Plagianakos of Baltimore won the final pro spot qualifier Sunday at Fair Lanes Kings Point in Randallstown. Plagianakos is the fifth local bowler to qualify for the 160-bowler field in the $150,000 Fair Lanes Open, which begins today with pro-am tournaments.
He rolled games of 275-223-248-258-259-2251,488, an average of 248. John Gaines of Davidsonville was second with 219-205-235-267-257-2451,428, and Mike Schuster of Edgewood was third with 257-215-225-212-232-278 1,419.
The qualifier featured 300 games by Don Slabodnik of Columbia and Brian Thacker of White Marsh and 299 games by Alan Kitaguchi of Germantown and Scott Pike of Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Other pro spot winners were Larry Nalls of Essex and Brian Cavey, Brian Link and Brian Bennett, all of Baltimore. Bennett earned a place in the Open by winning at Fair Lanes Woodlawn two weeks ago with games of 262-236-213-215-226-2231,375. His effort also earned him $300 in prize money.
Jeff Harding of Frederick finished second and third and won $275. Harding rolled games of 211-195-237-205-267-2281,343 and 213-203-231-247-203-228 1,325. Brian Poole of Hyattsville was fourth and won $200 with 204-223-214-207-237-2331,318.
The leading pro bowlers on the PBA Tour will compete in the tournament, which will offer $31,000 to the winner. Pete Weber won last year's tournament at Kings Point in Randallstown, and Baltimore native Danny Wiseman won two years ago at Woodlawn.
Super win: Frank Atwell of Greenbelt won a trip to the Super Bowl for finishing first in the duckpin portion of the nationwide Fair Lanes Super In-League Bowling Tournament. Atwell, bowling Fair Lanes Prince George's, rolled games of 148-199-154501, 135 pins over his average.
Ralph Williams of Shady Grove was second in the tenpin division, one pin behind the winner. Other Marylanders in the top 50 in that division included: Jack Hanold, Bowie; Teresa Lorenzano, Laurel; Joe Davis, Timonium; Joe Wilson, Randallstown; Jeff Barnes, Edgewood; Tom Cochran, Clinton; and Gary McCaslin, Waldorf.
Jennifer Breeden of Eastpoint was second to Atwell in the duckpin division, with Deanna Monda of Southwest third. Other top finishers were: Judy Heede, Joppa; George Parks, Arbutus; Joe Brandt, Baltimore; Cora Byrd, College Park; Tyrone Corprew, Pikesville; Jim Buss, Baltimore; Mike King, Bowie; Tina Jording, Harford; Jerry Birthfield, Baltimore; Gary Mentlik, Timonium; and Marc Berger, Owings Mills.