Wiseman on roll, places 12th in Summer Classic


August 08, 1993|By Glenn Small

Danny Wiseman, the Dundalk native and professional bowler, bowled well this week at the $250,000 Choice Hotels Summer Classic in Edmond, Okla.

Over 56 games, Wiseman knocked down 12,248 pins while averaging 218. He made the top 24 and went 9-15 in match play, finishing 12th overall. He earned $3,200.

Wiseman, who now lives in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., has struggled this year on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour after several years of being in the top 20 in earnings.

Some observers have speculated that Wiseman's troubles are that he is not using reactive resin bowling balls like most of the other pros.

Reactive resin balls are shiny-surfaced balls that have a tacky feel to them. They slide through the oil on the lane, then hook violently when they hit the dry back ends. Some say a resin ball is worth 10 to 20 pins per game.

Wiseman, a staff bowler for Faball, which makes the Hammer bowling balls, can use only the Hammer products. Hammer makes no reactive resin balls, but, according to Bowlers Journal, they are working on producing one.

Rowe wins Free State

Bowing at Brunswick Normandy lanes last weekend, Wilson Rowe knocked down 688 pins scratch and received 63 pins handicap for a 751 three-game set (256, 194, 238).

That total was good enough for first place and $750.

Rowe, a 193-average bowler, just edged out Steven Fields of Ellicott City, who won second with a total of 741 (182, 187, 222 and 150 pins handicap.) Fields earned $375.

Ron Hippler of Baltimore finished third. He rolled games of 188, 191 and 249 for a 628 scratch set. With 96 pins handicap, his total was 724 for three games. He won $225.

Out of the 74 bowlers who competed last week, 12 earned money. Tour organizer Stacy Karten said he paid out $1,620 in prize money.

This weekend, the Free State is at Fair Lanes Timonium. Squad times are 1:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Cost is $35 for non-tour members and $30 for tour members. It costs $30 for a one-year membership.

Karten began the Free State tenpin tour in April. He's held 15 tournaments so far and has tournaments scheduled through October, with more to follow. He said the tour is slowly building a regular following.

The last three stops 72, 55 and 72 bowlers competed.

Future Free State tour stops are: next Saturday and Sunday at Fair Lanes Kings Point; Aug. 21-22 and County Lanes in Westminster; Aug. 28-29 at Brunswick Columbia; Sept. 11-12 at Crofton Bowl; Sept. 18-19 at Bowl America Reisterstown; Sept. 25-26 at Greenway Odenton; Oct. 2-3 at Brunswick Crown; Oct. 9-10 at Fair Lanes Southdale; and Oct. 16-17 at Bowl America Odenton.

For more information, call (410) 356-0936.

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