Bobbi Dull and Ricky Holwek have been selected bowlers of the month at Thunderhead Lanes in Taneytown.
Dull lives in Westminster and bowls tenpins in the Friday Mixer League at Taneytown. She carries a 135 average and started her bowling career in 1984.
The county government secretary throws an 11-pound, cranberry-colored bowling ball; her high game is 205 and her high set is 532.
That 532 was the set that she threw in March for the 130-pins-over-average to become bowler of the month. Her three games were 186, 201 and145.
Dull says bowling is "just a great way to relax and have fun."
Well, yeah, sure it's fun when you're 130 over your average.
Since throwing sets over your average is lots of fun, Ricky Holwek really enjoyed himself in the Monday Night Doubles League at Taneytownlast month.
Holwek, a 92 average bowler, fired duckpin games of 112, 115 and 116 for a fantastic 543 set. That's 76 pins over average.
Holwek is a tall, lanky guy who bowls with his father in the Monday Doubles. Holwek lives in Woodsboro, Frederick County, with his parents, Ralph and Peg Holwek, and started bowling just two years ago, when he was 32.
Ralph Holwek, who says he's a better tenpin bowler than
duckpin bowler, carries a 160 average in tenpins. Ralph Holwek retired a few years ago after a career as a special education teacher in Baltimore, and his wife is a retired Carroll County home economics teacher.
Ricky Holwek, who has a career high game of 155 and ahigh set of 397, attends the Scott Key Center, where he's employed in the greenhouse.
"Ricky is considered a severely retarded adult,"his father said. "That gives him a problem with his fine motor skills, but allows him to function well where his can utilize his gross motor skills.
"That's why he does so great at his greenhouse job, planting, watering and caring for growing things. And one psychiatrist said that Ricky is probably functioning at his peak when he's duckpinbowling."
It certainly appears so, since Ricky Holwek won a gold medal for bowling in the Special Olympics in March 1990. He won another gold medal for making 13 straight baskets in the basketball competition.
"In the 20 years since it opened, no one from Scott Key Center has ever competed on a regular bowling team," Ralph Holwek said. "Ricky is the first client to ever do that."
The America Bowling Congress approved several amendments to the rules:
* Summer league averages must be accepted in championship tournaments when a bowler does not have a winter league average.
* In handicap or classified tournaments, bowlers will be restricted to delivering the ball with the hand they began competition with.
Today: National Amateur Bowlers Inc., tournament at Crofton Bowling Centre in Anne Arundel County; guaranteed first prize of $1,000 and a trip to Las Vegas for the Phantom Shootout. (410) 721-2401.
April 26:Pro Spot Qualifier for Hammer PBA Eastern Regional Classic at Fair Lanes Woodlawn in Baltimore County. (410) 944-6000.
May 2-3: 10th Annual Wayne Logue Memorial Handicap Doubles Tournaments at Mount AiryLanes; first prize is $600; entry fee is $12.50 per person or $25 per team. 795-9181.
Ongoing: 14th Annual Co-Sponsored Tenpin SinglesHandicap Tournament at Thunderhead Lanes, Taneytown; open to men andwomen until May 31; first prize is $500; entry fee is $18; bowl any time lanes available. 751-1750.