Area bowlers hit the jackpot in Las Vegas NABI...


July 09, 1993|By DON VITEK

Area bowlers hit the jackpot in Las Vegas NABI tournament

Thirty bowlers from the Baltimore area cashed in at the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. tournament at the Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Local NABI bowlers took home approximately 15 percent of the total prize fund -- $22,725.

Elmer and Corinne Call, who bowl in two leagues at Crofton Bowling Centre, were in Las Vegas.

"We really enjoy being able to bowl together in NABI," Elmer Call said. "Bowling is something that we can do together. And you get to meet so many nice people."

The New York natives live in Bowie and bowl in the Tuesday Polish league and the Thursday Mixed at Crofton. On Mondays, they bowl at the Bowie lanes.

"I bowled for years, off and on," Elmer Call said. "But about seven years ago I really became interested in it."

Elmer averages 189 with a career-high game of 279 (he has two of them) and a high series of 732. Corinne has a 154 average.

Elmer Call bowled his way into the finals of the National Championship in Vegas with a three-game series of 632. That placed him among the top 32 bowlers and earned him $1,000.

"I've been using a 15-pound Ninja for about three months," Call said. "Howard Marshall of Walt Cervenka's Pro Shop [in Fair Lanes Ritchie in Glen Burnie] fitted and drilled it for me and it's been working great."

Two wins, one hard, one easy

Bob Quental, who a few weeks ago said he struggled in the NABI Memorial Day Tournament at Crofton Bowling Centre, apparently didn't have to struggle much at Fair Lanes Ritchie two weeks ago.

At the Memorial Day event, Quental topped a field of 995 tenpin bowlers to win first place and a check for $3,000.

At Ritchie, it was a little easier. There were only 57 bowlers competing; that's 938 fewer bowlers than he had to beat at Crofton.

Quental, who lives in Hunt Valley, carries a 172 average. He owns a 300 game and a 685 series. The former duckpin bowler throws a 16-pound Blue Hammer, and in the Free State Tour stop at Ritchie he fired games of 245, 230 and 187 for a 662 series. With handicap the total was 746, good for first place and a check for $750.

And he picked up an extra $20 for bowling the most pins over his average.

Lee Brosius of Odenton fired games of 237, 266 and 238 to take second place and a check for $375; he received another $40 for the high scratch game and series.

Carol Tracey of Jessup bowled games of 246, 201 and 257 for a 721 series and a third-place finish; her handicap was 27 pins. That was good for a $225 check.

Dreaming of big money

Steve Sandusky of Riviera Bowl is forming a Dream League.

The 500 Scratch Mixed Quads league will begin in September and bowl on Thursday nights. Based on 10 teams, the prize money will be $17,000. The first-place team is guaranteed $1,200 for each member.

Sign up now if you want to reserve a spot in the league. Call Walt or Glenna at (410) 255-3550.

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