Crofton four strike it rich in Las Vegas

BOWLING

July 02, 1993|By DON VITEK

Last week, 2,000 bowlers from all over the country gathered in Las Vegas for the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. 10th annual Nationals.

The event featured 12 tournaments over seven days of non-stop bowling on the 106 lanes of the Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center, the largest bowling center in the world.

And when it was over, the Crofton Keglers captured first place and $2,000 in the team event.

Dotty and Brant Sheldon, mother and son, teamed with Bobby Shuyler and Lou Castlemen to post an outstanding score of 2,390 for the three games that earned them the title.

"If it weren't for Lou and Dotty we wouldn't have won," Shuyler said. "They bowled great."

Shuyler is employed by the McKesson Company of Landover and bowls in seven leagues at Crofton. A former duckpin bowler, he's been bowling for 26 of his 31 years.

Born and raised in Harford County, he began bowling tenpins at Harford Lanes in Aberdeen in the Young American Bowling Alliance.

His career-high game is 288 and high set is 694, and he carries a 188 average.

"Jim Long of Crofton Pro Shop drilled the ball I used here in Vegas," Shuyler said. "The Burgundy Hammer worked pretty good."

Castlemen was averaging just 125 two years ago when he first bowled tenpins.

"By the end of this summer I want to have a 200 average," he said.

There's a good chance of that happening. He's averaged 181 for the 1992-93 season in two leagues, Tuesday and Thursday, at Crofton. He's also the jack-of-all-trades at the center. You can find him working as a mechanic, a pin chaser, behind the snack bar, anywhere he's needed.

With a career high game of 256 and a high set of 735, Castlemen said, "It's [bowling] great. Everybody's equal on the lanes and it's a lot of fun."

Brant Sheldon will be trading in his bowling ball for a lacrosse stick in college this fall.

"I'll be playing lacrosse for Cabrini College at Radnor, Pa., near Philadelphia," he said. "I've finished two years at Anne Arundel Community College, and I'll be taking business courses at Cabrini."

Bowling since he was a teen-ager, he averages 178 in the Tuesday Coors Lite league at Crofton. His career-high game is 255 and high series 656.

"Winning the team event was great," he said. "But I hope that we get championship jackets like we get when we win a local NABI tournament."

Dotty Shelton, bowling since she was 16, threw her high set (666) on Memorial Day to claim fifth place and $600 in the NABI tournament at Crofton.

She coached YABA for five years at Crofton and has worked the control counter part time at Crofton for almost four years.

Averaging 179, with a career-high game of 279, she's using a 13-pound Burgundy Hammer that was fitted and drilled by the Crofton Pro Shop.

A tough competitor and one of the better female bowlers in the area, Sheldon said, "If they had had the youth programs when I was growing up that they have now, it might have made enough difference that I could have been a professional bowler."

LPBT Regional Open

Greenway Bowl Odenton is the site for the LPBT Regional Open today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Information: (410) 551-7100.

They're fired up at Crofton

The fourth annual Baltimore/Washington Firecracker Open is being presented by the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. at Crofton Bowling Centre today through Monday.

A minimum prize fund of $7,500 is guaranteed, with first place paying $3,000. If this tournament draws as well as the Memorial Day Special last month at the same center, a prize fund in excess of $30,000 will be available to split up among the amateur tenpin bowlers.

This tournament has the same directors, Joe and Lucy Doctor, as the Memorial Day Special and is conducted by the organization that paid a $40,000 first prize in Las Vegas.

"I'm hoping that the field will top 1,000 entries," Joe Doctor said. "After the Memorial Day event pulled 995 bowlers, I'm expecting even more bowlers to enter this weekend."

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