Bartley says no to seconds, wins Masters duckpin tourney

Bowling

November 08, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Richard "Wink" Bartley has been a duckpin professional bowler for 20 years. He was Bowler of the Year in 1978, and six times he has made the championship round of a pro duckpin tournament -- only to lose.

Last weekend at Fair Lanes Pikesville, Bartley, 39, a printing salesman from Pasadena, put the ghosts of second-place finishes to rest and won the biggest duckpin tournament of the year, the Masters. He earned $5,000, topping in one tournament his highest earnings ever in one year, $4,500.

"This is the big one," he said.

Because of back problems, Bartley has bowled in only four of the eight Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association stops this year, never making the top seven who bowl in the stepladder finals.

On Saturday, Bartley bowled fairly well, but was only 24th of 30 qualifying bowlers.In head-to-head competition on Sunday, Bartley won four and lost one, averaging 162. He gained the top seed by two pins.

Swede Lavers, a duckpin bowling legend from Stratford, Conn., had gone 5-0 in head-to-head competition and had just two pins fewer than Bartley's total pin fall.

It was only fitting that in the final match, Lavers, who leads DPBA bowlers with 10 pro titles, was going against the man who had finished second so many times.

Bartley said he was nervous early, but gained confidence as Lavers struggled. "I relaxed," he said. Coming down to the 10th frame, Bartley rolled a strike, then got nine pins, forcing Lavers, who was just behind him, to mark. But Lavers left an open, and lost, 145-133.

"I think it was meant to be," he said. "I've had enough seconds."

Other finishers in the Men's Duckpin Masters tournament were Lavers, who got $2,500; Curt Johnson of Mount Airy, who was third and won $1,500; Wes Hammer of Richmond, Va., who finished fourth and got $1,200; Dave Mulvey, of North Attleboro, Mass., who finished fifth and won $1,000; Andy Huff

man, of Hagerstown, who finished sixth and won $800; and Brian Kulas, of Windsor Locks, Conn., who won $750.

Laurel woman wins tourney

Diane Jasper of Laurel defeated Theresa Vermillion of Harwood, 163-126, to take the Women's National Duckpin Association Grand Prix tournament last weekend at Fair Lanes Pikesville.

Jasper earned $2,000. Denise Kohlhepp of Baltimore did not make the TV finals, but had the women's high game with a 210.

Firing up an 814 set

Stephen Burrell, bowling tenpins in the Starfires League at Country Club Lanes, shot an 814 set (265, 300, 249.)

Spare time for United Way

Bowlers, both tenpin and duckpin, who would like to bowl for three hours for $6 and help raise money for United Way, can do so at five Baltimore County Fair Lanes today between 1 and 4 p.m.

The $6 includes shoe rentals and half the proceeds go to United Way. The bowling centers participating are: Timonium, Joppa, Towson, Kings Point and Pikesville.

Tournament news

The 10th annual Howard Parsons Memorial Duckpin Doubles tournament is set for Nov. 28-29 at Fair Lanes Hyattsville. The cost is $34 per team, and the teams can be any combination of men and women. For information, call (301) 559-7313.

Country Club Lanes plans an all-night Fall Sweeper scratch bowling tournament beginning midnight Nov. 13. Bowlers have a chance to win up to $1,700 during competition from midnight to 4 a.m. Entry fee is $90.

You can reach Glenn Small by writing to The Sun, 401 Washington Ave., Towson, 21204, or by calling (410) 296-0080. His fax number is (410) 823-1439.

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