The American Bowling Congress issued more than 385,000 performance awards during the 1991-1992 season, including 11,894 for bowlers who recorded 11 consecutive strikes. Terry Logan, a Brunswick Normandy Center bowler, collected one of them.
Logan, on the first night of the fall season, Sept. 9, in the Funtime/Anytime league, threw 11 consecutive strikes. It was the 12th frame that cost him a perfect game.
"I was standing on the approach, telling myself not to try to guide the ball," he said.
"In the same situation before," he said. "I had tightened up and pulled the ball into the headpin. This time I was determined to trust the ball.
"I guess I trusted it too much. The ball came up light, very light, and I left the two, four and five pins," he said. "A 297 game is nice but a 298 or a 299 would have still been good enough for an award. For a 297 you get congratulated."
That 297 was no fluke.
Logan averaged 211 last year, not just in league play but out on the PBA Senior Tour and the Eastern Senior Tour, which is a club with headquarters in Pennsylvania.
On the PBA Senior Tour last year, Logan cashed in five of the seven events in which he bowled.
That means he held his own with the best senior bowlers in the nation, guys such as Don Johnson and Bo Burton, PBA Hall of Famers.
In Eastern Senior Tour events last year, he was in the top 10 in both points and money earned.
Jim Brown is another senior bowler who is holding his own on the PBA Senior Tour.
Brown, originally from Chestertown on the Eastern Shore, lives in Columbia and does his league bowling there.
Averaging 200-plus, Brown, a track coach in the Montgomery school system for 30 years, finished in 65th place last month in the $135,000 Ebonite PBA Senior Championship tournament at Thruway Lanes, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
That tournament was won by Gus Stuus, the first senior to throw a 300 game on television.
Buddy Weber is starting a new season at Brunswick Normandy as the junior director. That means that approximately 80 young bowlers will be under his direction.
This will be Weber's first season as youth director. His philosophy is very simple: "Make it fun for the kids."
Weber, and his, wife, Carolyn, live in Catonsville, and he is a full-time accounting student at the University of Baltimore.
He started bowling as a youngster but gave it up to devote time to the management side of bowling. He's been involved with bowling at that level for about 10 years.
"I'll start bowling again," Weber said. "But mostly I'll be involved with the Young American Bowling Association here at Normandy."
Brunswick Normandy is one of 20 bowling centers that belong to the Baltimore YABA.
The organization has divisions for all age groups -- Pee Wees, Bantams, Preps, Juniors and Majors.
It's a great way for youngsters to receive instructions in bowling, compete against their peers and have a lot of fun.