Two from Brunswick Normandy reach semifinals Clark, Gartner well over averages

BOWLING

January 24, 1993|By DON VITEK

Two Brunswick Normandy bowlers went to the semifinals of the Miller High-Life $250,000 Championship tournament this weekend at Fair Lanes Kings Point.

Gary Clark shot 54 pins over his average and David Gartner was 77 pins over his average to qualify for the Maryland Regional Finals.

Gartner started bowling three to four years ago and last year he averaged 172. This year, that average has improved to the 180s.

He bowls in four leagues, all at the Normandy center. On Tuesday it's the McDonald League, Wednesday he bowls in the morning and the evening, Fridays it's the BG&E league.

Gartner has a 265 high game and a 694 set to his credit. In the qualifying round at Normandy, he used a 15-pound Black Hammer bowling ball.

Looking for a fourth honor

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Reda Wiles continues to use her 10-pound AMF Bobcat bowling ball. The Ellicott City resident started bowling about five years ago and carries a 163 average with a high game of 257, a high set of 656. That 656 was thrown at Country Club lanes in a tournament.

Wiles bowls in two leagues at Normandy, the Tuesday Rookies and the Thursday Mixed. Her husband, Robert, is a 135-average duckpin bowler.

"I can beat him in tenpins," Wiles said with a laugh. "I started out bowling duckpins and I bowl ducks at Westview on Mondays and in the Travel League, and I still throw the tenpin ball the way I do the duckpin ball."

Wiles was Bowler of the Month for October, November and December. On Feb. 6, she will attempt to make that four months in a row.

Bowler of the Week

Vivan Stromberg, originally from Washington County, lives in the Arbutus area with her husband, Leonard. Both Strombergs bowl in the Thursday Club 55 league at Normandy. Leonard averages 157, and Vivan holds a 118 with a high game of 197.

But for Week 13 of the Club 55 league, Vivan pounded out games that exceed her average by 73 pins. That was good enough for Bowler of the Week.

Helping special bowlers

Ruth Putnam bowls in the Friday New Towners at Brunswick Columbia and has been a youth director for two years at Fair Lanes Annapolis. She also bowls in the Tuesday Late Mixed League at that center.

Three years ago she started the Can-Doers league, a special-education league for the handicapped. She has watched that league grow to 45 members. They come from Glen Burnie, Bowie and south Anne Arundel County to Fair Lanes Annapolis on Saturday afternoons to compete and socialize.

"That's why I started the league," Putnam said. "Not just to bowl, but to have fun."

On the lanes, three adult and two junior coaches help with the bowling. Off the lanes, there are Halloween parties, Christmas/holiday events, Valentine dances, Easter celebrations and, in May, a picnic.

"Everyone is welcome," Putnam said. "We have bowlers from 8 to 42 years old and we'd like to have enough to fill the center from end to end. And, of course, I'd love to have more coaches volunteer their time."

Special Olympics tourney

On Feb. 14 at Brunswick Normandy, the first Law Enforcement Special Olympics tournament will be conducted. You can and help the Special Olympics by sponsoring a bowler.

42nd GBBA tournament

The Greater Baltimore Bowling Association will conduct its 42nd annual championship tournament at Normandy on Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 and March 6-7.

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