Knicleys found love and were wed on lanes 6 and 7

June 06, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

George Knicley and Karen Walter met 3 1/2 years ago at Taylor's Stoneleigh Bowling Center, where Knicley is the manager. They had their first date there, and it's where Karen says she first knew she loved George.

And it was where George first told her he loved her, Karen says.

How appropriate, then, that the two got married yesterday at the Stoneleigh bowling alley.

"We wanted to get married. We wanted to do something different," said George, 27, a former professional wrestler who's been involved in duckpin bowling since he was 7 years old. "So, we said, 'let's get married in the bowling alley.' "

"The people who know George, know bowling is a big thing for him," said Karen, 32, a photographer. "So they were not surprised."

They chose to exchange their wedding vows on lanes 6 and 7 -- the location of their first date. That night they bowled a few games, after hours, when they had the alley to themselves.

"It was quite romantic, actually," said Karen.

Karen said she began falling for George the first time she saw him bowl his first ball.

"George is a big guy. He's 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds. He used to be in professional wrestling," she said. "He picks up that little bowling ball and he would put it down so gracefully. That's when I knew there was something more there.

"He's a big guy, but he lays that ball down like it was an egg."

Although bowling brought them together, Karen admits that she's not much of a bowler. "I don't bowl that well, but I like to watch him bowl," she said.

More than 100 people attended their wedding yesterday. Robert O'Hara, who taught George the bowling business at Seidel's Bowling Center on Belair Road, was the best man. The couple arrived in a 1909 Model T Ford. The reception was in the bowling alley, too.

L "I guess this isn't your everyday June wedding," said Karen.

Morrison wins ADT

Baltimore's Russ Morrison Sr. won two games to claim the weekly Amateur Duckpin Tour championship last weekend at Fair Lanes East Point.

Morrison defeated Richard Barker of Baltimore, 148-103, in the semifinal match, then beat top seed Alex Dunnigan, 122-117, in the final.

Morrison collected a check for $1,200; Dunnigan got $600 for second, and Barker got $225 for third. Rounding out the top five, Frank Wagner of Baltimore won $150 for fourth place, and George Kruger of Baltimore won $100 for fifth.

For information about future ADT stops, call (410) 426-0440.

Briggs takes Free State

At Country Club Lanes in Middle River, Bob Briggs Sr. bowled a 647 scratch set and received 106 pins handicap for a 755, good enough for first place and a prize check of $750 in the Free State tournament.

Don Messinese locked up second place with 732, 696 scratch, plus 36 pins handicap. He earned $375.

Third place and $225 went to Brenda Swain, who shot a 731, 632 scratch, plus 99 pins handicap. Fourth place and $40 went to Mark Strine with a 717, 612 scratch and 105 pins handicap. Bob Quental won $35 for a 715 set, 568 plus 147 pins handicap.

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

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