Marylanders roll in Duckpin Classic

BOWLING NOTEBOOK

May 31, 1992|By James H. Jackson | James H. Jackson,Staff Writer

Christie Durbin of Hyattsville and John Braitsch Jr. of Sykesville each captured first place and took home $3,000 apiece in the $25,000 Coors Cutter National Duckpin Classic at T-Bowl Lanes in Newington, Conn.

Durbin was the top woman in a field of 120 finalists with a six-game total of 1,090, bowling games of 113, 144, 174, 153, 120 and 165 for a scratch total of 869. She also received 221 handicap pins.

Durbin, 21, defeated Maria Queen of College Park, 180-167, in the championship game. Queen won $1,500.

Braitsch, 52, was seeded second among the 135 men's finalists and had a six-game total of 1,074. He rolled games of 140, 121, 163, 121, 147 and 171 for a scratch total of 863, and he added 211 handicap pins.

In his up-the-ladder matches, Braitsch defeated Marshall Battaglia of Baltimore, 232-176, then dispatched Craig Roemer of Glen Burnie, 178-147, in the championship game. Braitsch rolled five strikes and three spares in that game. Roemer earned $1,500, and Battaglia won $1,000.

* Costello scores: Former Baltimorean Pat Costello, who now lives Boynton Beach, Fla., finished second to George Pappas in the Bud Light Hall of Fame Tournament in St. Louis. Costello, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1986, owns four WIBC championships and two United States Open titles.

* Duckpin dandies: Peter Pierce, who qualified with 786 pins in five games, won the $2,000 first prize in the Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association tour at Legion Lanes in Cranston, R.I.

Pierce defeated Jerry Conner, who won $1,000, 162-152, in the championship game. In other up-the-ladder matches, Conner defeated Ken Palmer ($635), 165-119, and Chuck Tomney ($525), 140-133; and Tomney defeated Larry Aley ($475), 147-142.

The next DPBA tour stop will be June 26-28 at Luck Strike Lanes in Mansfield, Conn.

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