Frederick sales manager takes top prize in amateur bowling contest


September 13, 1992|By Donald G. Vitek

The Amateur Bowlers Tour at Brunswick Normandy on the weekend of Aug. 21-23 drew 150 entries. Steve Grossnickle came down from Frederick to participate and it was worth the trip. Steve captured the $1,000 first prize and the red-and-black shirt of the ABT champions.

Brian Blood took second and the $500 that goes with it. Bobbi Dunlap, a college student, finished third in the Ellicott City tournament, and William Monroe was fourth.

Grossnickle has been bowling for 14 years, currently out of Terrance Lanes in Frederick with a career high game of 288 and a high set of 727.

Steve, a sales manager, is married to Doris Grossnickle. They have two children, Tammy and Troy. The first place $1,000? That's going to be used to work on his new home.

Brian Blood lives in Libertytown with his wife, Peggy, and started bowling about 20 years ago. He carries a 180-plus average with a high game of 289 and high set of 750-plus, and uses a 16-pound Pearl Hammer bowling ball. Just one week after finishing second at Normandy, Brian bowled in the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. tournament at Crofton Center and beat over 600 entries to win the $3,000 first prize.

"It took me three years of bowling in NABI to notch my first championship," Blood said. "So, my advice to other bowlers is, if you don't win right away, keep on trying."

Bobbi Dunlap didn't have far to travel to bowl in the ABT event; she lives in Ellicott City and bowls in the Wednesday Funtime/Anytime league and the Social Security league, both on Wednesday, and the Sunday Young Adults at

Brunswick Normandy.

Bobbi, a double major at the University of Maryland in accounting and finance, started bowling about seven years ago. She averages 151 with a high game of 248 and high set of 567, using a 12-pound Brunswick Phantom ball.

"This was just my second tournament," Dunlap said. "But with the handicap format I had just as much chance as anyone to cash. I'll be bowling in more tournaments now."

Bill Monroe picked up a check for $150 for his fourth-place finish. The Linthicum resident is the service manager for Clintronix/MicroAge and bowls in the Tuesday Men's Handicap league at Greenway Bowl Odenton. With a 16-pound Blue Hammer bowling ball, Bill averages 182 with a career high game and set of 285 and 699, respectively.

"I just started bowling with some friends," Monroe said. "And I just stayed with it."

The total prize fund for the event was $3,063.

* Bob Bucklew Jr. has a very positive outlook for the new bowling season.

"Both the 300 game and the 800 set must fall," he said.

You can't blame the Mount Airy resident for feeling that way. Bob started bowling when he was "a little guy" and carries a 211 average, bowling in just a single league. In the winter, it's the Thursday Capitol Men's League at Greenway Bowl Odenton, and last summer it was the Tuesday Men's Scratch Triples at Brunswick Normandy. How close is he to the goals of a 300 game and 800 set? Very close. He has a 777 series and on Aug. 25, 1992, at Normandy he threw a 298 game.

"I was a little nervous," Bucklew said, "because I've shot a bunch of 279 games and I wanted this first 300 game badly. But the ball came in a little high, and I left the three and ten pins standing."

When you live in Mount Airy and sign up to bowl in Odenton as Bob did this season, you're looking at a 90-mile round trip.

"Since I work in Ellicott City," said Bucklew, an associate of Bucklew, Harrison and Associates, an advertising agency, "the trip to Odenton isn't that bad. And it's worth the trip back home because the lane condition at Greenway is excellent, every week it's the same. That's why I know that the 300 game and the 800 set is going to fall."

I believe it. If you can maintain a 211 average bowling in just one league a week, just about anything is possible.

Tournament news

Next weekend, the National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. will be at Terrance Lanes in Frederick. The first-place prize will be $1,000.

Information: (301) 662-2777.

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