Baltimorean John Brown Jr. won the $5,000 national grand prize in the Fair Lanes league bowler sweepstakes conducted at 112 bowling centers across the United States during April.
Brown, 23, a landscaper who bowls in the Traffic Club Duckpin League at Perring Parkway, carried a 115 average for April and
was selected at random as the national winner.
Three honored: The National Duckpin Bowling Congress has inducted three Marylanders into its Hall of Fame.
Sue Marchone, of Olney, Jeff Pyles, of Hyattsville, and Billy Robertson, of Port Tobacco, plus Buddy Creamer, of Glen Allen, Va., were enshrined during ceremonies May 1.
Marchone, who at one time had the best women's average in the world for four years, bowled a high game of 215 and high set of 497.
Pyles, who still competes on the professional tour, was ranked No. 1 in the world for four years and set nine world records, including a 655 (235-185-235) set, 258 high game and 164 season average.
Robertson was inducted for "meritorious service" to duckpin bowling, and Creamer, who is still competing on the pro tour, was twice ranked No. 1 bowler in the world and holds two world records, 2,025 for a high 12-game set and 2,482 for a 15-game set.
The annual Hanover (Pa.) Bowling Centre Tournament is under way. Prizes will be awarded in the tourney, which runs through Sept. 27, in singles, doubles and team; handicap and scratch for men, women and mixed.
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Hot bowlers: High series were the order of the day in the Pro Shop League at Fair Lanes Kings Point in Randallstown last week.
Six 700 or better series were rolled. Phil Jones rolled 279-238-254771; Bryant Swinson 280-237-243760; Rick Johnson 259-246-236741; Ed Ewing 202-279 -255736; Roger Gorman 276-201-237714; and Brian Cavey 210-254-236700.
Craig Spoor rolled a 279 game, Steve Wicker 269, Mike Marsh 269 and Jerry Snoak 269.
In the Kings Point Classic League, Wicker rolled 203-279-220-246948 and Mark Jones bowled 258-219-227-218922.
The leaders: High scores at Country Club Lanes in Middle River included: St. Matthews League -- Chuck Dengler, 253-224-234711 and Robin Whittaker, 218-162-268648. Maryland Law Enforcement -- Joe Prechtel 279-208-224711; Tom Bowling, 243-228-237708; and Phil Fraley, 267-258-180705. Men's Handicap -- Tom Leon, 246-247-257750 and Roy Railer, 245-192-265702. Baltimore Scratch Classic -- Bruce Yommer, 255 Scott Poe, 228-242-279749; Roby Lemirse, 259-202-276737; John Lavender, 230-213-286729; Chris Cook, 268-231-223722; Kevin Smith, 230-214-276720; Jim Spicer, 257-192-266715; John Vanango, 242-224-247713; Jack Haskins, 221-212-278711; Bill Olag, 258-233-219710; Doug Hudack, 234-220-254708; Rick McFadden, 227-254-225706; Curt Pezzano, 279-187-237703; and Wayne Stepp, 177-235-289701. Bob Griffin also rolled a 279.