Mt. Airy woman has a series to remember


January 31, 1993|By DONALD VITEK

"I thought she was kidding me when she got home from bowling and said she shot a 733 series," Steve Gibson said. "I mean, she's a good bowler, but 733?"

Paula Gibson wasn't kidding. In the Monday Nite Mixed league at Brunswick Columbia, the Mount Airy resident started slowly with a 211 game, posted a second game of 233 and then in the last game pounded out a 289 game.

Gibson carries a 169 average and has been bowling for more than 13 years (she and Steve met at the Twinbrook bowling center in Rockville). The 289 game and the 733 series are career highs.

Steve Gibson, who is bowling in just one league (down from four), still holds a 185 average but "that 733 beat my best series by 12 pins."

Paula picked her spot. She shot the 733 series in the position round and led her team, the Wild Turkeys, to victory in all three games and total pins.

A veteran at 17

Doyle Irons, 17, bowls in the Saturday Young American Bowling Alliance at Columbia and carries a 177 average. He lives in Columbia and is taking pre-med courses at Howard Community College.

While practicing at the Showboat Lanes in Atlantic City while attending the Showboat Invitational, Irons posted a 295 game on Jan. 15. A few weeks later, at Greenway Odenton, he fired a 297.

Making use of new technology

Dean Young rapidly is becoming a special kind of bowler. Bowling in the Christmas Club and Wednesday Men's leagues at Columbia and the Monday Classic at Country Club Lanes, he's averaging 216.

He has a career high set of 760, and on Jan. 16, he came within one pin of another 300 game when he fired a 299 in the Saturday Christmas Club league at Columbia.

A member of the Professional Bowlers Association, Young has bowled in several regional PBA tournaments and two national events.

"With the new equipment, the new technology, scores will continue to increase but basically it will be the best bowlers who will make the best use of the new equipment," he said.

125 pins over average

Sharon Landolt of Ellicott City started bowling three years ago when "some friends asked me to take the place of a member who dropped off the team. That's how I started bowling at Columbia on Wednesday mornings."

Throwing a 10-pound ball, Landolt carries a 114 average. A few weeks ago she shot a 239 game, exceeding her average by 125 pins.

"I started with some spares," she said. "Then I threw seven strikes in a row. When everyone started gathering behind the lanes I really became nervous."

News and notes

L The seniors tournament is at Brunswick Columbia every month.

The women's 8-no-tap is the second Tuesday of the month, and the men's 9-no-tap event is the second Friday of the month.

The Valentine's Mixed Doubles Tournament starts today at Columbia and runs through Feb. 14.

Next week, the Family Affair Adult/Child League will begin at Brunswick Normandy. It will have two adults and two children on each team.

Information: (410) 465-0355.

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