Tourneys take couple on 7-week trek


August 01, 1993|By DON VITEK

Ed and Jackie Lanehart, retired and avid tenpin bowlers, are Ellicott City residents who do their league bowling at Brunswick Normandy and their tournament bowling wherever there's a tournament.

During a recent seven-week period, Ed Lanehart played in tournaments in Tulsa, Okla.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Las Vegas, Nev. His wife joined him for the last two trips.

"Last year there were no Senior Olympics and the ABC Nationals were held in Cincinnati so that's where we went, and of course, the Hi Rollers in Vegas," he said. "Next year we'll make the ABC Nationals and the Hi Rollers again."

The first stop for Ed Lanehart was the American Bowling Congress National Tournament in Tulsa.

"They built the 40 tenpin lanes in the Convention Center this year," he said. "That tournament was on May 22, 23 and 24, singles, doubles and team events. I cashed in both the singles and the doubles so the trip wasn't a total loss."

Ed returned to Baltimore, for a few days to relax and to pick up Jackie, and it was on to Baton Rouge and the Senior Olympics June 9-19.

Bowling at Don Carter's All Star Center, a 64-lane house, the Laneharts bowled singles, mixed doubles and doubles.

Jackie and Ed captured a bronze medal in the mixed doubles and Ed took another bronze in the singles competition.

"I didn't have a prayer in the regular doubles," Jackie said. "My partner from Maryland [who qualified at the local level] couldn't make the trip so my partner was drawn at random.

"She was a nice lady from Chicago who came down for just the one event and then went home. But her [scratch] games of 100, 107 and 120 just killed any chances for a medal."

Jackie averaged about 175 at Baton Rouge and Ed averaged 200.5.

They returned to Baltimore for a few days, repacked and left for Las Vegas and the Hi Rollers Tournament at the Showboat Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center June 29-July 8.

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