Better check that calendar again.
It's only a few weeks until the winter leagues begin again. Short summer, huh?
It means that for you bowlers who didn't join a summer league that it's time to check out the equipment, time to bowl some practice games, time to call last year's teammates, time to fill any vacancies on the team, time to stop by the bowling centers and renew old friendships. . .time to see what changes have occurred.
Well, here's an update on the centers in Howard County to help you.
* Brunswick Normandy, 8419 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Telephone: 465-0355.
Carol Malinowski is still the general manager. Jeff Sanders is assistant manager. The sales director is Terry McDonald.
Winter leagues are filling fast but Terry McDonald says "we still have openings in just about every league right now."
And Jeff Sanders says, "Please don't use the word "alley". . .it just doesn't fit today's modern bowling centers."
Mr. Sanders joined Brunswick Normandy in May 1991 after five years with Trindle Bowl in Pennsylvania. Originally from Mechanicsburg, Pa., he makes his home in Ellicott City. Bowling for nine of his 21 years, Mr. Sanders threw his first 300 game when he was 16 years old. His high series is 758 and he currently carries a 189 average. Last year he bowled two leagues at Normandy -- Sunday night and the Wednesday Anytime/Funtime league.
Mr. Sanders, a certified lane inspector, took a degree in Bowling Management from Vicennes University. He bowled on the college team that took part in the 1991 National Collegiate Championship Tournament. There's not much that Mr. Sanders would like to see changed in the sport of bowling, except that "I would like to see more kids involved, they're the future of bowling."
* Brunswick Columbia, 7100 Carved Stone Road, Columbia. The telephone is 381-7750.
The general manager is Debbie Damron, the assistant manager is MikeSainek and the sales director is Barbara Deming.
Mr. Sainek's philosophy of bowling is pretty fundamental: "I like to watch folks enjoying themselves bowling as much as I like to bowl myself."
Mr. Sainek, born and raised in the Baltimore area, lives in Catonsville and bowls in two leagues, the Monday Funtime/Anytime league at Columbia and the Tuesday Scratch Singles at Brunswick Crown. Possessor of four 300 games and a 811 series, he carries a 202 average. The University of Maryland graduate was a member of the collegiate bowling team and after graduation coached the Maryland bowling team for four years.
If you need help with your game, Mr. Sainek is available for instructions.
There are still openings in the winter leagues and Columbia lanes has a few leagues starting that are a bit different. The "Shiftworkers League", for people who, because of their job schedules, can't find a league to bowl on, then Columbia has one for you. It starts Tuesday, September 8 at 9:30 a.m.
The EnterTRAINment 2 is a league where everyone gets a trip on a mystery train. . .including buffet style dinner and an open bar. The first meeting is 4 p.m., Monday August 20. The league starts Sunday, September 13.
The Ball 'n' Bag League meeting is Sunday, August 30 at 9:30 p.m. It starts Sunday, September 13. Bowlers weekly fees are based on the ball and bag they choose; there are four different kinds of balls and bags available.
TOURNAMENT NEWS: The Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour Regional Open will be held at Greenway Bowl Odenton August 7, 8 and 9th. The Youth/Adult Pro-Am is on Friday, August 7, 1992. The finals are on Sunday, August 9. The 3rd Annual Country Club Classic Tournament is continuing every weekend through August 22, 1992 with a guaranteed first place prize of $4,000. The handicap tournament is broken down into three divisions: "A" for averages 200 and above, "B" for averages of 180 to 199 and "C" for averages of 179 and below. For more information, call 686-2556. Brunswick Normandy will host the NABI tournament next weekend, August 1 and 2. As always, the first prize is a guaranteed $1,000. For more information, call 465-0355. The WSBA 3rd Annual Team Classic is under way every weekend through August 23, 1992 with the finals held on Labor Day Weekend. Each of the four members of the winning team will receive a new 1992 Pontiac Lemans and $500 cash. It takes place in York, PA. For more information, call (717) 848-1632.