Today is the final day for the Thunderhead Taneytown Duckpin DoublesTournament that has been running since Feb. 9.
There's still timeto try for the top prize of $500.
As of last week, the team of Paul Snyder and Judy Arnold were leading with a total of 1,069, just 13 pins in front of Doreen Blizzard and Don Bollinger.
Snyder of Mount Airy bowls in the Mount Airy Lanes Wednesday Major League. He only bowls one night a week because, "I'm a first sergeant in the Reserves, and that commitment cuts down on my free time."
Snyder is also in sales for Frederick Truck & Equipment Co. He started bowling duckpins as a teen-ager and carries a 128 average with a high game of 205 and a high set of 465.
When Snyder needed a partner for the doubles tournament at Taneytown, it was natural to ask his sister-in-law, Judy Arnold. Another Mount Airy native, Arnold hadn't bowled much in the past nine years but this seasonstarted to sub in the Wednesday Major League at Mount Airy Lanes.
"It's been fun, bowling again," Arnold said. "Next year, I'll probably bowl full time in the league. I really missed bowling."
Her average is a modest 98, but that's understandable after a nine-year layoff. In the doubles tournament, she fired games of 120, 109 and 150; that's 85 pins over her average.
"I just felt real good that day," Arnold said. "I wasn't doing anything different."
Sherry Mainand John Estanich have clinched the Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic tournament qualifier at Mount Airy Lanes and are eligible for the national finals May 16-17 at T-Bowl Lanes in Newington, Conn., and a chance at the $3,000 first prize.
Main lives in Mount Airy and is a customer service representative for the National Geographic Society. She carries a 115 average.
Estanich, of Monrovia, Frederick County, has a 126 average and is employed at Fort Detrick.
Main had games of 116, 182, 113, 133 and 135 for her tournament leading 899 series. Estanich threw games of 120, 172, 138, 142 and 146 for a 894 series.
Corey Matz of Hampstead has been bowling for only a fewmonths. That's a long time for a 4-year-old like Corey.
But it's long enough for Corey, who boasts an 80 average at Hampstead Bowling Center in the Saturday Morning Youth League. Corey's parents, Patricia and Steven Matz, and his brother Christopher, 8, also bowl.
Justhow fast is Corey learning? He's the PeeWee Bowler of the Month at Hampstead. Wait until next year.
Don Mathews and Buddy Ecknerode have teamed up in the Thunderhead Taneytown Scotch Doubles tournament to lead the pack in the qualifying rounds with a 772 series.
The qualifying rounds end today, and the finals will be March 15. It'sa handicap tournament, and the first-place money is $500.
County Lanes of Westminster is introducing a new membership program.
For $50 a year, you can bowl all year for 25 cents a game Monday through Thursday and 50 cents per game on weekends. Members also receivea 10 percent discount in the pro shop, free entry into one house tournament and free entry to the New Year's Eve party.
For a family of four, it's an even better deal at $100.
County Lanes will present a bowling clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, March 14 to April 25. Personalized instruction from a Professional Bowlers Association-certified instructor is planned on approach, release and follow through and making tough spares, impossible splits and treacherous corner pins.
These sessions are open to anyone wanting to become a better bowler. Information: 876-8430.
If you're looking to havesome fun and help a good cause, why not drop by Thunderhead Lanes inWestminster next Sunday to Bowl Against Muscular Dystrophy. Teams offive will compete, and teams raising $50 or more in donations bowl free.
Prizes for top bowlers include a trip to Williamsburg, Va., televisions, watches, beach towels and T-shirts. The event is sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Thunderhead Lanes and WTTR Radio. Information: (410) 252-5910 or 876-1515.