Lost and Found rolls into the big time, brings back memories Tenpin quartet is among elite 30

BOWLING

September 20, 1992|By Donald G. Vitek

At first glance, Lost and Found looks like a typical, average tenpin team -- four guys who work at the same place, see each other at the local bowling centers and have averages that are, well, average.

The team consists of team captain Bob Flowers, John Gove, Helmuth Lingwai and anchor James Brogan.

What that "average team" did was go head-to-head with teams drawn from all over the mid-Atlantic area and hold its own in one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year, the WSBA team event in York, Pa., over the summer months.

Why did the tournament draw so many fine teams? Simple. A big payday. The winning members of the four-man teams each receive $500 and a new 1992 Pontiac. That's for each team member, and that's a handicap tournament strictly for amateurs.

How did the Lost and Found team from Harford County do in this type of tough company? On a weekend in July, it qualified for the Labor Day weekend finals, one of only 30 teams to do so.

Flowers carries a 153 average with a high game of 279 and a high set of 648.

"After breaking my bowling arm in 1982, my average dropped from 178 and it's just starting to come back now," he said.

He lives in Elkton with his wife, Shirley, and bowls in the Tuesday Community league at Elk Lanes. He's been in that league for 22 years, secretary and treasurer for 20 of those years.

Gove, originally from Boston, lives in Rising Sun with his wife, Sara, and bowls in the Wednesday Fellowship League at Harford Lanes. Throwing a 14-pound Galaxy bowling ball, he averages 150 and has a high game of 241 and a 798 set with games of 256, 266 and 276.

Lingwai come to the United States from Munich, Germany, when he was 8 years old. He and his wife, Mary, live in Aberdeen, and Helmuth bowls in the Wednesday Men's Fellowship League at Harford Lanes.

Bowling for about 15 years, he has a 173 average, high game of 264 and high series of 630-plus. He favors a 15-pound Blue Hammer.

Brogan and his wife, Marion, a 140-average bowler, live in Havre de Grace. On Wednesdays they bowl together in the mixed league at Harford Lanes. On Monday he bowls in the Harford County Men's League at the same center.

A 186-average bowler throwing a 16-pound Columbia Bud II ball, Brogan has a high game of 267. He threw his career-high series (667) in the WSBA tournament.

There's your line-up for Lost and Found, a typical bunch of guys who like to bowl.

They're all employed at Aberdeen Proving Ground and until the past year never had bowled together.

"There was a state tournament at Pocomoke City on the Eastern Shore," Brogan said, "and they asked me to bowl with them. We had a lot fun together and when the York tournament came around it seemed natural that we bowl in it together."

The final standings haven't been posted yet, but the Lost and Found team didn't do as well in the finals as it had hoped.

The Bad Fingers team from the Washington area is the unofficial winner, and the guys from Harford finished down the line.

But any team that made it to the finals in that tournament is a winner.

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