Seniors pin up some big scores Edgewood gang keeps on rolling


February 28, 1993|By DON VITEK

Senior leagues are in every center in every part of the country, but the Fair Lanes Edgewood Golden Agers and Golden Swingers may be a little more intense than others.

Few bowlers are as passionate in their pursuit of toppling pins. And these older bowlers can drop some pins.

For about 20 years, Carl Burton has been bowling tenpins.

"It's great way to relax and still get some exercise," said the retired shift supervisor for Baltimore Gas & Electric. "Everybody should bowl, especially us older folks, it's a great way to meet people."

Born and raised in Perry Hall, Burton moved up Belair Road a little bit. He lives in Joppatowne now with his wife, Evelyn, a 132-average bowler in the Golden Agers league.

Throwing a 16-pound ball, Burton carries a 175 average. Just a few weeks ago it was 172, but recently he's posted some big scores.

On Feb. 8, he pounded the pins for a career high game and series in the Monday Golden Agers league.

His first game was a 287; his second and third games were 163 and 198, respectively, for a 648 series.

"It's funny but after the 10th strike [in the 287 game] I wasn't nervous at all," Burton said. "I just knew I could throw the next two balls for strikes [for the 300 game]."

He came close, and in the process posted a game that was 100 pins over his average. The American Bowling Congress recognizes scores that are 100 pins over average with a gift watch.

The waiting

Eugene Nelson just received his watch from the ABC for his 269 game, another game that was 100 pins over average.

And in the process he gave a perfect example of why it's important to hold on to your temporary sanction card. His story also illustrates why it's important to have a league secretary who does everything by the book.

MA Nelson lives in Aberdeen and bowls in the Monday Golden Agers

at Edgewood and in a Wednesday league at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen.

A 160-plus-average bowler, Nelson is retired from security at Edgewood Arsenal and has posted a career high set of 600-plus. He uses one of three 15-pound balls, a Columbia White Dot, a Blue Pearl or Red Pearl Hammer.

On Nov. 9, bowling at Edgewood lanes, he threw the Columbia White Dot for a 269 game that was 100 pins over average. And waited for his watch. And waited.

As every tenpin bowler knows, a sanction card can be from any league in the country and from any center. Nelson's sanction card was from the league at Harford lanes.

But the ABC never received the sanctioning fees. That meant no watch . . . unless Nelson could prove that he was sanctioned.

"Ruth Connors [secretary of the Golden Agers at Edgewood] jumped right in to help me," Nelson said. "I had held on to my temporary sanction card and Ruth sent a copy of it to the ABC. She finally got everything taken care of for me."

Go for a pot of gold

Forest Hill Lanes will conduct a St. Patrick's Pot O' Gold Irish Sweeper Handicap Singles event on March 14 at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. and St. Patrick's Day, March 17, at 9:15 p.m.

First place is a guaranteed $500.

, Information: (410) 838-4777.

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