Coors Classic lures duckpin best

May 16, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

The best duckpin bowlers in the country will be in Baltimore County next week, competing in the annual National Finals of the Coors Cutter Duckpin Classic.

A total of 298 duckpin bowlers will compete for $25,000 in prize money.

John Braitsch Jr., 53, a truck driver from Sykesville, was first last year. He bowls at Fair Lanes Owings Mills, Pikesville and Westview and carries a 128 average.

"I'd like to win it again," he said. "But first I have to qualify."

The men and women bowlers will roll six games on Saturday. Each will receive handicap, and the top 10 men and women bowlers will compete in the stepladder finals on Sunday.

Stacy Karten, head of the Duckpin Bowling Proprietors of America, said the stepladder finals will be taped for later broadcast on the Duckpin Magic television show.

To make the Coors finals, bowlers had to finish in the top four at theirregular bowling alley. Everyone who made the finals is guaranteed to win some money, said Karten. First place for men and women is $3,000; second place is $1,500 and third place is $1,000. This is the third year for the Coors tournament.

"This is one of the largest tournaments there is," said Braitsch.

Kowlaewski wins tournament

Dave Kowlaewski, 42, a 139-average bowler from Baltimore, won two duckpin matches, including a roll-off, to claim the

weekly Amateur Duckpin Tour crown at Fair Lanes Harford last weekend.

Kowlaewski tied Gerald Hagan in his first match at 136, but then won in a two-frame roll-off, 37-26. Kowlaewski then defeated top seed Jake Bonnet of Baltimore, 130-129, to claim first and $1,000.

For second place, Bonnet won $500. Hagan of Brunswick earned $225 for third.

Bruce Becker of Baltimore and Tom Harnish of Hagerstown finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Becker won $150 and Harnish $100.

There were 124 bowlers who competed last weekend.

For information on coming tournaments, call (410) 426-0440.

Who's the best bowler?

With the winter bowling season coming to an end, it might be interesting to hear from league bowlers who think they know the best clutch bowler.

The person doesn't have to be the highest-average bowler, but someone who performs when it counts. If you know of such a person, send your nominations to me, care of the address below.

... If you know an interesting bowler, or have an good bowling story to tell, please call me at (410) 494-2944, or write to The Sun, 1300 Bellona Ave., Lutherville, 21093. You also can fax letters or scores to (410) 494-2916. Please enclose a name and phone number for verification.

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