Annapolis' White third in tournament


November 29, 1992|By DON VITEK

The National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. tournament at Fair Lanes Annapolis on Nov. 14 and 15 drew 208 entries, and the total prize fund exceeded $5,000.

Mike Buckley of Huntington took first place and the guaranteed $1,000 check.

Paulus Ford from Fort Meyer, Va., won $500 for his second-place finish. Oscar White, bowling on his home lanes, picked up $250 for third place.

Shellyn Bowling of Hughesville was paid $125 for fourth. Doug Powelson, jack-of-all-trades at Fair Lanes Annapolis, was fifth and won $110.

White bowls in the Wednesday Men's Special League and the Thursday Early Bird League at Annapolis. He's been bowling for five years and has a 183 average with a high set of 695. In the semifinals of the NABI event, White posted his career high game of 279.

"I was using an old Black Rhino bowling ball," he said. "I own 13 or 14 balls but the Black Rhino is the oldest. It's been sitting in the closet for about a year and a half but I pulled it out just for practice. It worked so well I used it in the tournament."

In May, White injured his knee, ripping a muscle, and had to make a major adjustment in his game.

"I've had to slow down," White said, "so I've moved back on the approach and I'm probably a little more smooth in my delivery because of it."

Powelson has been bowling for more than half of his 21 years. A resident of Annapolis, he bowls in the Wednesday Men's League at Annapolis and the Monday Mixed League at Crofton Bowling Centre. He has a 181 average and a high game of 268 with a 693 set.

L He has been employed at Fair Lanes Annapolis since February.

Crofton to lose a fixture

For the first time since Crofton Bowling Centre opened its doors in November 1978, Esther Grimshaw will not be working there. She's leaving her position of assistant manager for a well-earned retirement.

"You have to love bowling to stay around it as long as I have," Grimshaw said, "and I do love it."

When Grimshaw wasn't working in the bowling center, you could find her on the lanes. Bowling for over 20 years, Grimshaw carries a 170 average with a high game of 277 and a high set of 664.

Hitting a 700 series

Joy Smith of Sun Valley continues to post some fine scores. Subbing at Greenway Odenton, the center where her mother, Peggy Tully, works, Smith put together games of 244, 170 and 289 for a 703 series.

What happened in the second game?

"I just didn't make an adjustment fast enough," Smith said. "A lot of oil had carried down the lane, and I was slow making the


New hall of fame member

Bill Mend was inducted into the Greater Baltimore Bowling Association's Hall of Fame on Nov. 7 at Overlea Hall.

Since joining his first league in 1963 at Greenway East, he's bowled in 90 different leagues, held positions as president and secretary, helped form many leagues and was a youth coach for several years.

From 1982 to 1986, Mend served as GBBA director. In 1986 he was elected to a position he still holds, vice president.

Since 1988 he's been a director of the Maryland State Association and is president of the 700 Club.

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