Jim Weaver, the new manager at County Lanes, brings 30 years of bowling experience to the Westminster center.
Weaver, a resident of Hanover, Pa., brings a strong commitment to the bowlers of the area, a commitment that will be implemented with bowling clinics at County Lanes for all who want to learn the tenpin game or raise their averages.
"The clinics will be conducted by myself or Chuck Ludwig," Weaver said.
"The clinics will be open to everyone and will allow the bowler toprogress to the limit of their ability," he said.
Weaver has the background for good instruction. His average is 200-plus. He's thrown that elusive 300 game and has a career-high 793 series.
He's won the Central Maryland Bowling Association's All-Events at Hagerstown and the Maryland State Singles Championship at Pocomoke City. He was the tenpin coach for the coaches of the Special Olympics in 1991 and again this year.
While this makes Weaver remarkedly suited to help bowlerswith their games, he is more proud of the fact that the enrollment for the Saturday morning youth program at County Lanes has increased 200 percent in his tenure as manager of the center.
The first clinic, for youths, will begin Saturday morning, Oct. 3. The second clinic, for adults, beginners and intermediate bowlers, will be Saturday, Oct. 10.
The clinics will take the bowler from step one, using the proper equipment, through the entire bowling procedure (approach, steps, arm swing, follow-through, release). Using videotapes and on-the-lane instruction, the student will be thoroughly grounded in tenpin basics by the end of the course.
"Any bowler who applies him or herself, regardless of age or natural ability will learn to bowl," Weaver said. "The bowlers who already participate in the game will find that their averages will climb."
Weaver is bowling in the Wednesday scratch league at County Lanes this year and in the Saturday Travel League. Sept. 12 was the opening night of the travel league's season, and Weaver had good news and bad news.
The good news: a 754 series. The bad news, he's starting the season with a 251 average that may be just a tad difficult to maintain for the season.
Many county bowlers competed in the WSBA Team Classic Tournament in York, Pa., this past summer.
The Labor Day weekend final results are in, and the winners of the four-member team event are the Bad Fingers from Silver Spring.
Billy Clark, captain of the Bad Fingers, found the third time to be a charm. He captained a team in each of the three yearly events. In the first two, Bad Fingers finished in the middle of the pack in the 30-team shootout.
This year Bad Fingers captured the first prize: four 1992 Pontiac LeMans and $2,000 by edging Us Again of Greenbelt, 4,779 pins to 4,750.
Members of the winning team were Clark, Brian Poole, Brain Hoflich and William Drumheller.
Besside having the one-two finishers, Maryland also placed three more teams in the top 30: Lost and Found from Aberdeen, More Beer from Riverdale and We Are Family from Baltimore.
Not all county bowling leagues are filled for the season.
Ginny Blackowicz of Hampstead Bowling Center, said, "I've some openings in the fall leagues.
"If anyone would like to bowl and hasn't signed up yet there's room in both duckpin and tenpin leagues for both adults and youths. Just drop in and we'll find you a place."