Virginia couple proving a prized pair


January 31, 1993|By DON VITEK

The National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. tournament at Fair Lanes Annapolis drew a field of 230 and paid out $4,597 last weekend.

Pat Henry and his wife, Laverne, picked up $1,110. The Henrys live in Stafford, Va., and bowl in nearly all the NABI tournaments in the Baltimore-Washington area.

And they're old hands at cashing in the same tournament. This time Pat took the top prize of $1,000, and Laverne finished 10th and collected $110.

On Nov. 15 at Fair Lanes Annapolis, Laverne took the first prize of $1,000 and Pat finished fifth. This time, Laverne missed the championship finals by just 17 pins.

With the exception of a single game in the stepladder finals, Pat Henry threw some fine games.

In his first finals match he threw a 195 to local favorite Doug Powelson's 141. In the second match, Ronnie Felder of Baltimore shot a 137; Henry shot a 138.

The third step of the finals saw Terry Adams of District Heights fire a 157 game, 30 pins short of Henry's 187. In the championship game, Tony Doyle of Catonsville chalked up a 135 game, far short of the 185 that Henry posted.

Doyle didn't seem to mind being beaten in the final match.

"I just started bowling last summer," Doyle said. "When I started I was averaging 124. Now my average is 154 and I guess I've bowled in more than 20 NABI tournaments, met a lot of great people and had a lot of fun.

"You don't have to a veteran bowler or have a big average to compete in NABI. And the check for $500 for finishing second isn't hard to take, either."

Doyle bowls in a single league, the Friday Friendship at Brunswick Normandy, and in his short career has posted a high game of 202 and a high set of 550. In December, he took first place at Fair Lanes Clinton in the NABI.

"Joe Doctor [tournament director] told me that there had never been back-to-back winners in the same center," Doyle said. "I told him, I'm going to try and change that when we bowl at Clinton next month."

L That tournament will be at Fair Lanes Clinton on Feb. 20-21.

Catching on in a hurry

Dan Eichelberger of Pasadena is another late starter to tenpins. This is the first season of league bowling for the 19-year-old, who competes in the Young American Bowing Alliance league on Saturday mornings at Greenway Bowl Odenton.

"He was coming to the Rock 'n Bowl, and I asked him to try bowling in the youth league," said Peggy Tully, assistant manager at Greenway. "That's all it took to get him started as a regular bowler."

Eichelberger has picked up the game rapidly, averaging 150 with his 15-pound Cobra bowling ball. He's already shot a high game of 217, and in December in the Youth/700 Club tournament at Greenway Odenton, he took first place.

741 series isn't his best

Dave Phelps has been bowling for about 10 years and is a PBA member. He lives in Jessup and bowls in the Monday Men's Trio at Greenway Odenton.

On Monday, Jan. 18, he fired games of 174, 268 and 299 for a 741 series.

"Neither the 299 nor the 741 are my high numbers," Phelps said. "Last year I had a 300 game and I've had a 770 series."

A 222 game in duckpins

Carol Miller of Linthicum, who bowls duckpins in the Wednesday Carefree Ladies League at Greenway Glen Burnie, has been bowling ducks since 1961. She averages 116 and has a career high series of 457.

On Jan. 6, she fired her career high single game in the Carefree Ladies League, a 222.

Slowing down for a big score

Tina Petty, bowling for 24 years, lives in Baltimore and travels to Glen Burnie and Linthicum to bowl duckpins.

She's in the Sunday Trio at Southwest and the Thursday and Friday Quads at Greenway Glen Burnie.

In December, she fired a 199 game. Two weeks later, Jan. 14, in the Thursday Quads she banged out a 201 -- short of her career-high 209. But she did it the hard way.

"It was the second game and I had just one spare in the first five frames," Petty said. "Then I remembered that I have to slow down my approach to be effective. I did it and threw seven strikes in a row."

In the third game, Petty shot a 108. "I was shaking so bad I couldn't threw even one strike in that game," she said.

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