Coors qualifier finds sometimes it's better to bowl tired

BOWLING

February 07, 1993|By DON VITEK

Joan Chilton and Dave Stem, who bowl at Thunderhead Westminster, will be at Fair Lanes Pikesville competing for the $3,000 first prize of the Coors Cutter $25,000 Duckpin Classic on May 22 and 23.

They'll be there, because they posted the high scores at Thunderhead in the qualifying rounds of the local tournament in January.

Chilton, a Baltimore native residing in Westminster for the past two years, said she qualified because "I was tired."

She is an alarm monitor for Northwest Alarm and works the night shift. On Jan. 24, she finished her shift and went to the lanes to try to qualify.

A 92-average duckpin bowler, Chilton had quit the game for six or seven years because of a back injury. This is her first season back on the lanes.

Owner of a career-high game of 154 and a high series of 403, Chilton remembers throwing an 88 game in the qualifier "that I thought would finish me."

But being tired paid off.

"I was throwing the ball a lot slower that Sunday," Chilton said. "I have a bad habit of trying to throw the ball too hard, of trying to overpower the pins, and it hurts my game. That day I was just too tired to throw hard."

The result was a house-leading round of 826 and a berth in the national finals at Pikesville.

Stem, who lives in Sykesville, carries a 119 average.

Bowling for four years, he has a high game of 171 and a high set of 441. He bowls in a single league, the Friday Mixed at Thunderhead.

On Jan. 17, he threw five games that totaled 637 scratch, added 205 handicap pins for 842 and earned a chance to bowl for the $3,000 first prize in the national finals.

"Someone told me to concentrate on hitting my average, maybe a little higher, and with the handicap pins I'd have a pretty good chance to qualify," Stem said. "And that's what I did."

A big game and series

Bob Davis bowls in the Friday Early Mixed League at Mount Airy lanes and carries a 131 average. He recently bowled a 220 game and 472 series.

County's smallest league

"They're small but they're all mine," said Ginny Blackowicz, league coordinator at Hampstead Bowing Center. "And I love them all."

Blackowicz is speaking of the smallest bowling league in Carroll County, the Hump Day Mixed.

That league, which bowls on Wednesday night, consists of just 12 members. That's not 12 teams, that's 12 members -- four teams of three bowlers each.

Bob McCurdy, secretary of the league, lives in Hampstead. Bowling duckpins since he was 8, he carries a 121 average with a high game of 168 and a high series of 397.

"I guess we are the smallest league in Carroll County," McCurdy said. "I know we have one of the best leagues in the county. Everyone enjoys it."

Donna Enser is president of the 2-year-old league that sports some of the best names you've ever heard.

Susie Bailey is captain of the "Bird and the Peeps." "Dirty Dogs" are captained by Bill Sipes. The "Pretty Boy Marketeers" have Dave Lawson for captain, and McCurdy is captain of "Forever Nameless."

Colorama to return

Hampstead Lanes will have Colorama, the popular tenpin/duckpin event, back, starting in May on Saturday nights at 8:30. It's a chance to bowl outside of league competition, to socialize and, if you get a little lucky, win a few dollars.

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