If you can't get enough of sport, computers are right up your alley


January 03, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Ever wonder what bowling fanatics who own computers do with their spare time?

Many of them from across the country now trade information, debate and sometimes lambaste one another on the Prodigy on-line computer service.

The system is a bulletin board service that costs $14.95 per month. Most new computers that have a modem come with Prodigy installed and a one-month free introductory offer.

It's definitely not something that everyone would want to do, or could afford, but if you want to tap into a wealth of bowling knowledge, it's not a bad idea.

The American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Congress recently signed up for the service and are available to answer questions.

They join other bowling organizations such as the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, the Young American Bowling Alliance, and the Bowling Writers Association of America that are on Prodigy.

A recent sampling of topics on the bowling bulletin board included a discussion of the new King of the Hill TV format that debuts this week at the AC-Delco Classic in Torrence, Calif. One writer called the new format "loony." Robert Lawrence, a touring pro bowler, said he was keeping an open mind about it.

Other writers debated the taste of the Sumo bowling ball ads in which a Japanese Sumo wrestler runs down the lane and dives head-first into the pins. One said it was irresponsible, that it might encourage people to run down the lanes. Another said it denigrated the Japanese culture.

Louise Naughton, a representative for AMF, the maker of the Sumo, responded that the Sumo TV ad won an award for creativity.

Bowling boots?

A few weeks ago at Country Club Lanes, the management was alarmed because a man was on the approach wearing cowboy boots. Yes, cowboy boots.

Curt Pezzano, the manager, recalled that his staff ran over to confront the bowler. "He had taken a pair of boots and had them converted to bowling shoes," Pezzano said, chuckling.

Higher fees for women

Women bowlers may be paying more in sanction fees.

WIBC, the tenpin organization that sanctions women league bowlers, has proposed raising its sanction fee from $2.75 to $6. If you wish to complain before they make it final, call (414) 423-3298.

Top women tenpin bowlers

Robin Whittaker and Debbie Kuhn had the high tenpin averages for sanctioned women bowlers in Baltimore.

Whittaker finished the 1991-92 season with a 207 and Kuhn had a 206, according to the WIBC. A woman from Puerto Rico led all WIBC bowlers with a 231 league average.

Take a shot at the pros

Amateur bowlers who would like a shot at bowling in the Fair Lanes PBA Open on March 10-13 can enter five Pro Spot qualifying tournaments. Bowlers roll six games, and highest scratch total entitles the winner to $300 and an entry into the tournament.

The schedule is: Jan. 24 at Fair Lanes Woodlawn; Jan. 31 at Fair Lanes Ritchie; Feb. 14 at Fair Lanes University in Adelphi, Md.; Feb. 21 at Fair Lanes Kings Point; Feb. 28 at Fair Lanes Towson.

Entries due for youths

Entries for the annual Baltimore Young American Bowling Alliance Championship tournament must be in by Saturday. The tournament is open to youth bowlers and will be conducted Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 6-7 at Fair Lanes Southdale. For information, call John Schapiro at (410) 821-5684.

41st tournament slated

In February and March, the Greater Baltimore Bowling Association will sponsor the area's 41st annual championship tournament, open to team and individual bowlers. It will be at Brunswick Normandy Lanes and entries are due by Jan. 31.

$25,000 duckpin classic

During January, local duckpin bowlers may enter the qualifying tournament for the annual Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic.

The fee is $18, and the best male and female bowlers will advance to the national finals at Fair Lanes Pikesville in May. First place for the finals will be $3,000. For information, call (410) 254-3666.

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