With fall season coming, check changes at centers


August 08, 1993|By DON VITEK

In a few short weeks the fall/winter bowling season will spring into high gear.

For the majority of bowlers who took the summer off there will be a last-minute scramble to get in a few games of practice, to check out the bowling equipment and to contemplate what changes have taken place in their favorite bowling establishment.

"I'd like the bowlers to know that Brunswick has never stopped trying to make Normandy a better place to bowl," said Carol Malinowski, center manager.

"This summer, for example, we've leveled out the concourse so that access to the lanes from the concourse is easy for the physically handicapped. And new seating has been installed. Very shortly, the parking lot will be repaved. Brunswick has never stopped improving the center since it was built."

While the physical plant has been changing, some things have stayed the same at the tenpin house on Route 40 West in Ellicott City.

Malinowski is still the manager, Terry McDonald remains the sales director and Wayne Jones, a five-year employee, is still the mechanic.

Jeff Sanders, assistant manager, at the center since 1991, will be on hand to greet the returning bowlers, and Jason Feser, the other assistant manager, is almost finished with his first full year at the center.

Forty-five adult leagues will be in full swing again this year. There are three senior leagues available, and the Young American Bowling Alliance will return to Saturday morning. Another youth-oriented league -- the After School league -- will bowl at 4 p.m. Wednesdays.

Normal operating times will be 9 a.m. to midnight. The exception will be Fridays and Saturdays when Normandy will stay open past midnight to accommodate late bowlers.

"Of course, as the season progresses, we'll have tournaments that will fit every level of ability," Malinowski said. "And we're offering some extra added attractions to our bowlers."

One of those attractions right now is bowling for 99 cents a game any time the center is open through Sunday, Sept. 12.

Don't forget the Bonus Club -- league bowlers can join the club and get discounts on equipment at the Pro Shop and have access to 79 cents-a-game bowling through the winter season.

Some of the leagues now forming are worth mentioning:

* The Mixed Scratch Classic League will bowl on Wednesday at 9:15 p.m., starting Sept. 8.

That's a four-member team with average that does not exceed 825 for the four members, men or women.

The first-place prize is a guaranteed $3,000 based on 10 teams.

* The Ladies Night Out League will be on Monday nights starting Sept. 13 at 9:15 p.m., three bowlers per team. There will be year-end trophies.

* The Pro Shoppers League will compete on Sundays at 9:15 p.m. starting Sept. 12, using mixed fours. This is a chance to get bowling balls, bags, or shoes at a great discount.

And don't forget every winter league bowler can bowl weekdays for 79 cents a game.

For more information on Brunswick Normandy Lanes, activities call (410) 465-0355.

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