Bowlers to settle question of who's best from scratch


July 18, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

The tournament to determine the best scratch bowler in Baltimore has begun.

On Tuesday at Country Club Lanes, 35 men and four women bowled five games over five lanes. They will continue to bowl each Bowling

week for five more weeks, and the person with the highest pinfall will be considered the best of Baltimore, according to Bill Mend, the tournament organizer.

David Grant holds the top spot thus far. He rolled games of 246, 259, 232, 222 and 227 for a total of 1,186. That's a 237 average, and it puts him 21 pins ahead of Mike Manning, who averaged 233 while knocking down 1,165 pins.

Mend said he had hoped for more entries, but added he hopes for more in the future. He is trying to revive an old tournament that years ago determined the area's best tenpin bowler each summer. He plans to hold the tournament again next year.

This week, the tournament continues at Fair Lanes Kings Point on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Going into the second week, the top ten bowlers, after Grant and Manning, were as follows:

3. Jim Lewis (214, 218, 245, 247, 204) 4. Brian Cavey (205, 201, 233, 253, 223) 5. Bruce Hollen (247, 194, 207, 226, 237) 6. Randy Bozeman (235, 264, 216, 179, 215) 7. Karl Schmidt (199, 212, 191, 268, 237) 8. Howard Marshall (276, 206, 178, 189, 257) 9. Vernon Jackson (225, 206, 241, 214, 205) and 10. Bonnie Parker (188, 199, 254, 235, 206)

Out of the 39 people who bowled this week, 23 averaged 200 or better, according to Mend.

PBA regional

More than 200 regional professional tenpin bowlers are competing this weekend at Country Club Lanes on Pulaski Highway in Middle River. The pros bowled yesterday and will finish the tournament today.

The winner of the Hammer PBA Eastern Regional Classic will earn $4,000. The final eight match games will be bowled today between 1:30 and 5 p.m. For anyone interested in watching some of the area's best bowlers, call Country Club (410) 686-2556.

A bowling movie

Universal Pictures is currently filming a bowling movie. It's called "Greed" and Michael J. Fox stars as a professional bowler with an apparent gambling problem. Word is that Johnny Petraglia, a staff member of Brunswick, has been coaching Fox on the finer points of the game.

New name, more money

It was recently announced that the Tournament of Champions (formerly the Firestone, but now sponsored by General Tire) has increased its prize fund for the 1994 tournament to $325,000. That means the winner of that prestigious tournament next year will collect a check for $60,000.

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