Blair rolls 300 and winds up with his best three-game series

BOWLING

November 08, 1992|By DON VITEK

Mike Blair finally had the night that all bowlers look forward to having some time in their careers.

In his first game on Oct. 22, he put 12 balls into the pocket for 12 strikes and his first 300 game. He aded games of 201 and 225 for his highest three-game series, 726.

He lives in Ellicott City and bowls at Brunswick Normandy, Monday and Thursday in the Howard County Employee Invitational League and Tuesday in the Happy Hour Doubles.

Bowling for the past six years, he carries an average of 202 using a 16-pound X-Caliber bowling ball.

"Bowling is a very enjoyable sport," Blair said. "And it's amazing how relaxed you can become after you've thrown that 300 game."

Senior rolls 232 game

Al Maskeroni rolls in the Club 55 Senior League at Brunswick Normandy, a league he joined two years ago when he took up tenpins.

He started bowling duckpins as a youngster, but he began his tenpin career with the seniors.

Maskeroni is averaging 144, and in Week 5 of the season, he threw his high game, a 232, that was 87 pins over average and earned him Bowler of the Week honors.

"I like to bowl but it's not my life," he said. "The competition makes it interesting, but I'm not a lot of bowlers who live and die forbowling.

"I don't spend a lot of money for fancy equipment. My bowling ball, for example, is from K mart. The 232 game? That was just dumb luck. Half the time I had my eyes closed."

From injury to career high

Recovering from a strained tendon, Dean Young is getting back to normal.

"After not bowling for six months because of the strained tendon, I'm starting to feel comfortable on the lanes again," Young said. "Last year I was able to bowl in quite a few PBA regional tourna

ments, and this year I've already cashed in one."

Young, a Columbia resident, bowls in two leagues, the Wednesday Men's League at Columbia and the Monday Classic League at Country Club Lanes.

Young is the pro shop operator at Columbia lanes.

On Oct. 21, he used a 16-pound Black Turbo to put together games of 225, 269 and 255 for his career-high series of 749. A 211 average bowler, he has one 300 game.

Club 55 Bowler of Week

Evelyn Strauss started bowling as a charter member of the Brunswick Columbia Club 55 league seven years ago.

The Columbia resident, with her husband, Benjamin, continues to bowl in the Tuesday league.

Using a 9-pound bowling ball, Strauss has an average of 121 and a career-high game of 201.

In Week 7 of the season, she led the Club 55 league with a score 92 pins over average to be named Bowler of the Week.

Tournament news

The Amateur Bowlers Tour will be at Brunswick Normandy Nov. 20-21. Information: (410) 551-7100.

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