Schuman pockets top prize in amateur tournament


June 13, 1993|By DON VITEK

The National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. tournament at Fair Lanes Ritchie drew 158 entries, and director Joe Doctor paid out over $4,000 in prize money.

Steve Schuman of Baltimore won the first-place prize of $1,000.

David Page of Laurel captured second place and a check for $250. He bowls at the Bethesda Naval Hospital lanes in the Friday Navy Men's Mixed and carries a 192 average. In February, he placed third in the NABI tournament at Ritchie.

"Steve [Schuman] bowled well," Page said. "Earlier in the tournament I let him know that he should keep his ball speed up, maybe increase it a little. Boy, did that come back to haunt me! He started in the stepladder finals at the bottom and beat everybody on his way to the victory."

Larry Hinton, in his first year of tenpin bowling, already has claimed a victory in the NABI events. He won $1,000 for first place in May at Ritchie.

The Savage resident uses a Sumo and a Purple Hammer to maintain a 176 average and has a high game of 279 and a high set of 697.

"He [Hinton] was bowling so bad a few weeks ago that he turned in his NABI card," Doctor said. "I told him to get rid of the reactive resin ball he was using and try the tournaments again."

Hinton went back to his old bowling balls and promptly shot a 696 set in the qualifying round and came back with a 697 in the semifinals to qualify and picked up a check for $250 for third place.

"Strange things happen in this game," Hinton said. "Earlier in the tournament I encouraged Schuman, then when he started to bowl really good I told my wife, 'Watch, this guy's probably going to beat me in the finals.' "

Mike Row and Dale Hogue were the rookies in the tournament.

"I started bowling in NABI just six weeks ago," Row said. "I laioff tenpins for a long time and then in 1988 I started bowling again. Then someone told me about NABI and that seemed like a great idea."

The 177-average bowler lives in Laurel and bowls twice weekly: the Sunday Moose league at Bowl America Odenton and the Saturday Live league at Fair Lanes Laurel. Using a 16-pound Rhino, he has a high game of 260 and a high set of 654.

He took home a $125 check in his third tournament.

Hogue of LaPlata has been bowling for about 30 years, but this was just his third NABI tournament.

He bowls in a Wednesday and Friday league at St. Charles Lanes and carries a 167 average. His high game and set are 279 and 670, respectively.

/# Hogue won $110 for fifth place.

A long time coming

Jim Shores has lived in Pasadena all his life.

"I've been bowling in the same league [the Friday Sunset Beach] for 18 years. I started bowling with my parents and I just stayed with it," he said.

He carries a 130 duckpin average bowling in the single league at Riviera Bowl.

At the end of this season, Shores finally tossed his big game: 214.

"Forget the other two games," he said with a laugh. "The first and third game were terrible but in the second game the pins just kept falling."

Four 800 sets at Odenton

Greenway Odenton has had four 800 sets thrown recently:

L * Dan Tully used a 300 game for the keystone in his 803 set.

* Steve Robbins had a 300 game to go with his 814 series.

* Lee Hild tossed a 300 and an 834 series.

B6 * David Phelps fired a 300 game and an 803 series.

Firecracker Open

The fourth annual Baltimore/Washington Firecracker Open will take place at Crofton Bowling Centre on July 2-5.

The NABI event will have a guaranteed prize fund of $7,500 wita $3,000 first place.

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