Want the score? Pick up a phone

December 06, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

What if you had a friend or family member who was bowling in their first national PBA tournament halfway across the country and you were just dying to know how they were doing round by round?

Or what if you're just a serious bowling fan and want to know how your favorite players are bowling in a given tournament?

How would you find out?

You could try calling them, but even if you reached them, you'd have to pay long-distance telephone rates.

The round-by-round results might be published in your local newspaper -- or they might not. Day-by-day rankings and pin totals might be announced on television, but it's not likely.

Howard Snyder thinks he has the answer.

The Reisterstown man, himself a PBA member with a 208 average, said he was surprised by the adulation pro bowlers get at the national tournaments. Some bowling fans even schedule their vacations so they can hang around the bowling alley during a tournament.

So Snyder, 28, who co-owns a Randallstown pro shop, has come up with a 900-number service for bowling fans. It goes national Jan. 1.

"There's nothing like this for the sport of bowling," Snyder said.

He plans to offer daily tournament updates for the men's, women's and senior men's tournaments, a "Meet the Pro" weekly interview feature, a bowling tip segment, a fan's comments segment and a bowling trivia contest segment.

He already has talked the idea over with a number of pro bowlers and the pro bowling associations. He has gotten nothing but positive responses.

Mark Gerberich, director of operations for the PBA, said the bowling 900 number is a "good idea" that the PBA fully supports, because it can only help the sport.

Christine M. Krebs, marketing director for the Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour, said she has heard of other bowling 900 numbers, but none that combined information from all three of the major tenpin tournaments.

"I think it's a great idea," she said. "He seems to know who the customers will be. We have a lot of players from little Podunk towns and they want to know how their player is doing. I think it's a service that's definitely needed."

The way it will work is, the pro tournament directors will fax updates to Snyder, who then can update the bowling hotline from any telephone. He hopes to do some of them live from the actual tournament site.

He says that he has set up the bowling number so that people can get on, get what they want and get off. He says he doesn't want to make a killing. He says he'll listen to fans' comments and change the service to suit his customers' needs. He also says that he'll track down answers to fans' questions.

"I have one goal," he says. "And that is to promote the sport of bowling."

Short by just two pins

Bowling in the Drug Trade League at Brunswick Perry Hall, John Lewis got off to a great start, shooting 285 and 278 in his first two games. But then Lewis kind of lost it, rolling only a 135 for the last game. He missed a 700 series by two pins (698.)

A duckpin world record

A trio of women bowling at Edgemere Lanes set a three-game world duckpin record with a 1,391 combined set. Mary Garner (195, 164, 203), Ethel Williams (109, 134, 134) and Carol Reynolds (155, 178, 119) rolled their high set on Nov. 24 in the Tuesday Triples League.

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