A year has passed since Jack DeVault won a golf tournament.
What does that have to do with bowling?
On DeVault's return from the golf course that day, he stopped into Joe Rineer's Mount Airy Lanes, just in time for the ninth annual Wayne Logue Memorial Handicap Tournament.
What could be more naturalfor this 136-average bowler than to sign up to bowl? What could be better than to throw games of 138, 189 and 176 for a 503 series and first place?
Now, I'm not suggesting you have to win a golf tournament the same morning to win the 10th annual Wayne Logue Memorial Handicap Doubles Tournament. I'm just saying it couldn't hurt.
That tournament takes place at Mount Airy Lanes May 2 and 3. First-place prize is $600. The fee is $12.50 per bowler or $25 per doubles team.
Paul Ketterman and John Grimm Jr. are the Bowlers of the Month for March at Thunderhead Westminster.
Ketterman, the duckpin winner,lives in Gamber with his wife, Trillias, and started bowling just three years ago. The sheet-metal worker, an employee of Flow Right Mechanical, carries a 100 average in the Monday Church League at Thunderhead and has a high game of 150.
To become Bowler of the Month, Ketterman threw a game that was 43 pins over his average.
"I just enjoy bowling," he said. "I wish that duckpin bowling had become the official state sport."
So do a whole bunch of other people, Paul.
Grimm, a resident of Eldersburg, was a duckpin bowler once, but aboutthree years ago he switched to tenpins.
He carries a 157 average with his 14-pound Ammo ball, and has shot a high game of 225 and a high series of 600.
A bookkeeper and computer specialist, Grimm became the Bowler of the Month in the Tuesday Mixed League at
Thunderhead Westminster with a game 102 pins over his average.
"I wasn't happy with the way my old ball was reacting on the three units of oil that became the new standard on the lanes," Grimm said. "So I stoppedusing my plastic bowling ball and switched to an Ammo urethane ball.That's working a lot better."
Ginny Blackowicz, marketing director for Hampstead Bowling Center, has a great deal for the youngerbowlers. Boys and girls between the ages of 1 and 20 are invited to a Youth Orientation Day at the Hampstead Lanes.
The event, open toyouths who want to learn more about tenpin and duckpin bowling, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3. The $2 admission includes two games of bowling, free shoe rental, ballons, one hot dog and a small soft drink. There will be bumpers for ages 1 to 5.
Call Blackowicz at 374-6211.
* Today: NABI Tenpin Tournament at Annandale Bowl, Annandale, Va.; first-place prize money guaranteed $1,000. (703) 256-211
* Today: Women's Good Neighbor Open duckpin event atEdgemere Lanes, Baltimore County
* Today: Men's Good Neighbor Open duckpin event at Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County.
* April 25-26: The Amateur Duckpin Tour at Fair Lanes Westview (Baltimore County); a handicap event for men and women with averages of 140 and under. (410) 744-4000