Hometown crowd sees Marshall pick up first professional prize

Bowling

July 25, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Howard Marshall has been a professional tenpin bowler for 10 years. He competed on the national tour briefly in the mid 1980s, but in recent years has stuck to playing the PBA regional tournaments.

He's had some success, too, five times finishing in second place.

But last week, bowling before the hometown crowd at Country Club Lanes in Middle River, Marshall, 30, of Ashburton, finally captured that elusive first title, winning the Hammer PBA Eastern Regional Classic.

"I've had five second-place finishes, all told," he said. "It was sweet" to finally win one.

The tournament featured over 200 professional bowlers competing over two days. On Saturday, they bowled eight games. Then the field was cut to the top 24. Marshall not only made it, but over the next 16 games of match play, went 11-4-1 with total pins of 5,370 to take first place.

That's a 223 average over 24 games, good enough to edge out Charles Bruno, of Sewell, N.J., who came in second.

For his victory, Marshall, who works as a ball driller at a Glen Burnie Pro Shop, won $4,000.

"I know there were a lot of people around here who were glad to see Howard win," said Curt Pezzano, the manager of Country Club Lanes.

Marshall won the tournament using a 16-pound Ebonite Crush/R resin bowling ball. The lefty with a conventional style of bowling said he concentrated on stringing good games together.

He said having friends and supporters rooting him on helped him focus. In a bowling alley known for high scores, Marshall's high game was 269 and his low game was 174. He bowled games of 229 and 266 to close out the tournament.

One of his goals still is to make it on the national tour. But

without a sponsor, he said, it's a tough task.

Ford wins ADT

Bowling at Fair Lanes Westview last week, Vincent Ford Sr., of Baltimore, won two stepladder matches, including the final, to capture the championship and top prize of $900. Ford beat Ron Katzen, 159-127, and then Tim Rykowski, 135-126.

Rykowski earned $450 for second place, Katzen $225 for third. Charlene Green of Baltimore was fourth and won $150. Fifth place and $100 went to Craig Stickles of Baltimore.

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