Pierce team cleans up at tournament


June 20, 1993|By DON VITEK

The Pierce Cleaners team consisting of Jim and Debbie Doyle, Mickey Mathias and Dolores and Dan Spytowski recently won the Brunswick Normandy In-House Team Tournament.

Debbie Doyle, daughter of the Spytowskis, has been bowling, off and on, for about 15 years. The Catonsville resident, wife of Jim Doyle, uses a 14-pound Burgundy Hammer bowling ball.

"Since I started using the new Hammer my average has jumped about 15 pins," she said. "I'm sure part of the reason is that now I'm throwing a fingertip grip [ball]."

Whatever the reason, her average for the past season is 160; her high career single game is 247, her high series 635. She works with Dan in his business, Pierce Cleaners, bowls in the Wednesday Lisbon Community league and the Friday Friendship league, both at Normandy lanes.

Jim Doyle started bowling four years ago. As owner and operator of Pierce Cleaners' three locations, he doesn't get a lot of chance to practice. Bowling in the same two leagues as Debbie he carries a 175 average with a high game of 277, a high set of 669.

He, too, uses a Burgundy Hammer bowling ball.

Later this month the Doyles will be in Las Vegas at the Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center for the 10th annual NABI Nationals.

Mathias, bowling for 20 years, met the Doyles at Normandy lanes, and they became teammates in the Wednesday Lisbon Community League.

Mathias, an Ellicott City resident, bowls in the National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. tournaments frequently, as do the Doyles. Last year in the Firecracker Open at Crofton he placed second to Rosco Campbell and won $1,500.

With a 177 average and high game of 257 and a high series of 670, Mathias continues to try to improve his game.

"Two weeks ago I had a new ball fitted and drilled by Jerry Sieglein of Reisterstown Pro Shop, a 15-pound Turbo-X, and shot a 685 series with it," he said.

Dolores and Dan Spytowski have been bowling for only a short time.

"My daughter [Debbie Doyle] and her husband asked Dan and I to bowl with them at Normandy about four years ago," Dolores Spytowski said. "Now we bowl twice a week, the Wednesday Lisbon Community league and the Friday Friendship."

With a 128 average, Dolores has shot a 210 game; Dan is averaging 135.

A good time for a career score

Helen Myers was director of nursing at Kernan Hospital until she retired after 30 years of service. Since she retired last year she's been nursing her average at Brunswick Normandy in the Thursday Club 55 league.

"I had bowled years and years ago," she said, "But professional pressures forced me to give it up, but when I retired last year it was natural to go back to bowling. After all, I still had my old bowling ball."

But after owning the same bowling ball for "maybe 25 or 30 years," she purchased a new 12-pound Brunswick Crown Jewel.

"I'm practicing with the new ball now," she said.

Without the new ball, Myers carried a 153 average last year. She waited for the Club 55 Vacation Tournament to post her lifetime high series.

She fired games of 213, 174 and 185 for a 572 series to win a loving cup and a championship shirt.

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