Laurel's Fielder, NABI runner-up, heads to Vegas on a roll


April 25, 1993|By DON VITEK

On Easter weekend 433 tenpins bowlers gathered at Crofton Bowling Centre for the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. tournament.

Added to the guaranteed first-place prize of $1,500 was round-trip airfare to Las Vegas, an automatic seed into the semifinals of the Brunswick Rhino-Pro shootout and a chance to bowl with a member of the Brunswick pro staff and share the $10,000 first-place prize in the June 18-25 NABI Nationals. To win the trip to Las Vegas, the bowler had to be from the Baltimore area.

Each of the top five finishers at Crofton received a Brunswick Rhino-Pro bowling ball.

Of the 433 entries at Crofton, 79 were women. Twenty of those women advanced into the semifinals.

Sissy Haughawout of Nanjemoy in Charles County walked away with the $1,500 first prize. And that was no fluke; she has won an NABI tournament four times in three years.

Because the winner of the tournament wasn't from the Baltimore area, the LasVegas trip went to second-place finisher Tom Fielder of Laurel.

Fielder bowls in two leagues at Fair Lanes Laurel on Tuesdays and Fridays and carries a 175 average. His career high game is a nifty 290; his high series is a 700.

"I used to bowl regularly, but I quit several years ago," Fielder said. "About four years ago I picked it again. Now I bowl in an NABI tournament several times a month. I even have my wife, Trena, bowling in a league. She's averaging 120, and that's pretty good for a beginner."

Losing to Haughawout by five pins, Fielder's second-place finish was still a personal triumph for him.

"Definitely my best finish," Fielder said. "The lane condition at Crofton was great, so good in fact that I'm definitely going to bowl in a league there next season."

Steve Trimble of Springfield, Va., was third, and Don Fletcher of Silver Spring took fourth.

Police take over lanes

On Easter Monday, Bowl America Odenton played host to the fourth annual Anne Arundel County Police FOP Lodge No. 70 bowling tournament.

The five-man team event drew 50 teams last year, but this year 66 teams from as far away as Harrisburg, Pa., filled morning and afternoon squads.

"So many teams showed up this year that we came close to running out ofroom," said Bill Daywalt, Anne Arundel police officer and organizer of the event.

"And the response from the business community was fantastic, donations of money and merchandise poured in. And, of course, every cent that the tournament earns goes toward funding the DARE [Drug Abuse Resistance Education] school program here in Anne Arundel County."

Tournament news

* National Amateur Bowlers Inc. will conduct a tournament at Fair Lanes Annapolis on Saturday and Sunday, May 8-9. It has a guaranteed $1,000 first-place prize. Information: (410) 266-0700.

* The Parents-Coaches Association will present the first scholarship tournament at Bowl America Odenton on Sunday, May 9. The first-, second- and third-place finishers will receive scholarships of $250, $150 and $100, respectively. The event is sanctioned by the Young America Alliance Association. Information: (301) 621-7008.

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