Harding cashes in at Wichita Open Bowling

August 01, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Jeff Harding, a local pro bowler who began competing on the national tournament regularly this spring, had a good week at the $140,000 Wichita Open this week at North Rock Lanes in Wichita, Kan..

Harding, a left-hander who has regularly bowled at Country Club Lanes despite living in Frederick County, bowled well enough to make the top 24. And going into Friday's competition, he was in fifth place.

After the fifth and sixth rounds Friday, however, Harding had dropped to 19th place. Over 42 games he averaged 213, knocking down 8,984 pins. He was 12-12 in match play and received 360 bonus points.

His grand total of 9,344 left him 594 back from making the top five that appeared on television yesterday.

His effort was good enough for $1,700. Nice bowling, Jeff.

Messinese wins

In 14 stops on the Free State Tenpin Tour, Don Messinese had finished second once and third three times.

Last weekend at Country Club Lanes in Middle River, Messinese finally got the top spot, rolling an excellent 719 set. He shot games of 270,238 and 211 and received 36 pins handicap for a total of 755.

He really didn't need the handicap. The second place finisher, Norman Cheren, of Baltimore, rolled a 713 set (189,231,173 plus 120 pins handicap.)

"I really wanted to win one of these things," Messinese, of Laurel, said.

K? For his good bowling, Messinese went home with $750. Cheren

earned $375. Shaun Carroll, of Columbia, finished third with a 705 set (174,168,22 plus 141 pins handicap) and received $225.

The Free State travels this week to Brunswick Normandy Lanes. For information, call 356-0936.

Baltimore's Best leaders

After three weeks, Brian Cavey took over first place in the six-week Baltimore's Best tournament. Cavey has a total pinfall of 3,405 over 15 games, for a 227 average. Bruce Hollen is second with 3,384 total pins, or a 225 average.

Rounding out the top 10 are: 3. Mike Manning 3,365; 4. Jim Lewis 3,361; 5.Randy Bozeman 3,298; 6. Scott Poe 3,283; 7. Derrick Chambers 3,277; 8. Steve Robbins 3,262; 9. Brian Bever 3,237; and 10. Oliver Collins 3,222.

Howard Marshall, who won the Hammer PBA Eastern Regional tournament two weekends ago at Country Club Lanes, is 11th with a total pinfall of 3,213.

Bill Mend, the tournament organizer, said no one has dropped out of the tournament thus far, despite some people being far behind in the standings. "We haven't lost a bowler yet," he said.

The biggest move in the standings was by Derrick Chambers. In shooting a five game set of 1,224, he went from 16th place to seventh, said Mend.

Bowling and baseball

An interesting bit of bowling and baseball trivia appeared recently in Sports Illustrated. Denny McLain, who won 31 games for the Detroit Tigers in 1968, said he bowled up to 80 lines a day during that magical season and credited part of his success that year to bowling.

And speaking of bowling and baseball, John Burkett of the San Francisco Giants, is an avid bowler who carries a 190-plus average. The right-handed Burkett, who won his 15th game this week, has competed in several pro bowling tournaments.

If you know an interesting bowler, or have a good bowling story tell, please call me at 410-494-2944, or write to The Sun, 1300 Bellona Ave., Lutherville, 21093. You can also fax letters or scores to 410-494-2916. Please enclose a name and phone number for verification.

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