Pon relaxes with two leagues Bowler of Week averages 173


February 21, 1993|By DON VITEK

Tom Pon left Canton, China, in 1932 and, after a stop on New York, arrived in Baltimore in 1938. The Woodlawn resident and his wife, Evelyn, are retired from their business, Pon's Cleaners, and Tom bowls in two senior leagues, the Thursday Club 55 at Normandy and the Wednesday Merrymakers at Fair Lanes Woodlawn.

Like so many Baltimoreans, Pon started his bowling career with duckpins and switched to tenpins.

"It's the recreation that is so important to the game of bowling when you become a senior bowler," Pon said. "It is something that you can look forward to doing with your teammates, your friends."

Throwing a 14 1/2 -pound X-Caliber ball that is favored by the professional bowlers, Pon carries a 173 average and has a

career-high game of 289 and a high set of 693. He became Bowler of the Week in Club 55 at Normandy by throwing scores that were 55 pins over average.

"I guess you could say I'm the best Chinese bowler in the Club 55 league," said Pon.

A little luck goes a long way

Ed Deuchler of Arbutus bowls in the Thursday Club 55 league and a Tuesday league at Normandy.

The 77-year-old retired maintenance supervisor uses a Brunswick Nitro bowling ball to carry a 163 average. His career-high game is 287, the high series 687.

He became Bowler of the Week at Normandy in the Club 55 league by posting scores that were 47 pins over his average.

"One of the games was a 242," Deuchler said. "I remember thagame, all right. I was a little lucky that day."

This bowler had his day

Nat Sherman of Columbia had another way of saying he was a little lucky in the Tuesday Club 55 league at Brunswick Columbia lanes: "Every dog has its day, and that was the day I could bark!"

Retired from Texaco, Sherman still uses a 16-pound bowling ball.

"That ball of mine must be 15 years old," he said. "But then I've always said that if you take care of your equipment, it'll last."

Using that old ball in the Club 55 in the 17th week of the season, Sherman was 98 pins over his 143 average.

"About 30 years ago I was averaging in the 160s," Sherman said. "Over the years that average has dropped."

His career-high game is a 258 and his high series is 590.

New hip doesn't slow her down

Hannah Beyth is not letting her hip replacement stop her from bowling, or, apparently from slowing down.

The Pikesville resident bowls in three leagues: Monday at Normandy, Wednesday at Bowl America Reisterstown and Friday at Normandy.

A 135-average tenpinner before the hip operation last summer, she is battling back to that level, averaging 109 with an 8-pound ball.

In the Club 55 at Normandy, Beyth bowled 55 pins over average to become Bowler of the Week for Week 16. She has career high 525 set and 209 high game.

But last week at Reisterstown, Beyth converted the odd 1-3-7-1split. And to show that it wasn't an accident, she did it twice on the same day.

An outstanding couple

Sue Slebodnik is project manager for Temora Ltd. Partnership, a general contracting firm. That demanding position still allows her to bowl in one league, the Tuesday Doubles at Brunswick Normandy.

That's often enough for her to carry an impressive 179 average with a high game of 289 and a high series of 683.

A tenpin bowler for six years Slebodnik said, "My husband, Joe, taught me how to bowl and he still coaches me."

Joe Slebodnik carries a 193 average in leagues on Monday at Kings Point lanes and with Sue in the doubles. Bowling in the Kings Point league last week he put together games of 217, 268 and 278 for superb 763 series.

On Feb. 2, Sue put up some impressive numbers herself. She pounded out games of 246, 235 and 202 for an outstanding 683 series.

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