Second-place finish nothing new for Columbia bowler Klock falls short in NABI tourney

BOWLING

April 11, 1993|By DON VITEK

The National Amateur Bowlers Inc. tournament at Fair Lanes Annapolis on the last weekend of March drew 284 tenpin competitors for the $6,800 event.

When the last pin fell late Sunday afternoon, James Klock of Columbia was a bridesmaid again.

This is the second time in three months that Klock has been denied the top prize of $1,000.

"I can't complain," Klock said. "My shoulder has been bothering me and I wasn't going to bowl in this event. I was just going to take a few weeks off and give the shoulder a chance to heal. The week before I couldn't even make the cut [in the Annadale NABI tournament], so I was going to relax and wait for the Crofton tournament in a couple of weeks."

Since January, Klock has increased his average from 180 to 192, and Joe Doctor, director of NABI, talked him into bowling. Klock put some big numbers on the sheet and was first seed for the stepladder finals.

"Don't ask what happened in that [championship] game," Klock said. "The lane condition was tough for me. I tried using a different ball but that didn't work either."

Herman Lee of Greenbelt captured first place, 217-179, and the $1,000 prize money. Klock had to settle for $500.

Eric Elliott of Hyattsville took third place and $500. Joella Seale of Bowie won $150 for fourth, and Pat McKinney of Frederick won $125 for fifth.

Pins fly at Riviera Bowl

There was a surge in scoring last month at Riviera Bowl in Pasadena as four duckpin bowlers posted some great numbers.

Patrick Beever of Glen Burnie was bowling in the Tuesday Men's Commercial league when the pins began to dance.

The 127-average bowler has a career-high game of 213 and a high set of 498 so big scores are no stranger to him.

"Yeah, I had a triple and a double-header in that game [201],"Beever said. "But you can forget the other two games."

That 201 game was the fifth career 200-plus game that Beever has thrown.

Mike Heinbuch lives in Pasadena and bowls on Friday nights. Heinbuch has been bowling duckpins since the fifth grade and carries a 135 average. He bowled in four leagues last year.

"I guess I got stale," he said. "My average dropped to 124 and I decided to take a year off . . .but this Friday league is a short-season league and I thought I'd give it a try."

Heinbuch has a high game of 239 and a high set of 545. When you can bowl that well, it's difficult to stay away from the game, and difficult not to throw some good games.

On March 26, he pounded out a 211 game.

Tony Lyba of Pasadena bowled tenpins for awhile. "But I came back to duckpins in 1982," he said. "It's still the best around."

Using a new set of Cyclone duckpin balls, he's averaging 128 in two leagues -- Monday and Tuesday -- at Riviera Bowl.

On March 22, he posted his top career figures, a 213 game and a 478 series.

"I started with a 132 game," he said, "and in the second game I threw a bunch of spares and a triple-header for the 213 game. That's when I got nervous, thinking about the 500 set."

Nervous or not, Lyba banged out a 133 game for the 478 series.

Dick Leonard started bowling when he was 16 at the "old Arcade lanes." That's where he threw his career high numbers: a 202 game and a 502 series.

The Pasadena resident is bowling in only one league this year, at Riviera Bowl. And he hasn't been bowling at all since his heart bypass surgery in January.

"The doctor told me not to pick up anything that weighed more than 10 pounds," Leonard laughed. "I told him that a duckpin ball only weights 3 1/2 pounds!"

So on March 24, his first night back, Leonard tossed games of 122, 120 and 185.

Big numbers at Greenway

Three bowlers at Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie put up some fine figures on March 1.

Jack Beam had a 212 game, Butch Rupport posted a 205 and Jim Lane fired a 205 game and a 507 series.

Break records for top dollars

Steve Sandusky's Riviera Bowl will be the host to a mixed-doubles handicap duckpin tournament on April 24-25. First prize is $1,000.

There's a new wrinkle. Anyone who breaks the singles or three-game individual world record while bowling in the tournament will receive $5,000.

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