In just six days, the winter Young American Bowling Alliance league will start at Brunswick Columbia.
"And don't forget that the meeting for the Sunday Night Pinbusters leagues will be held on Sunday [today]," said Barbara Deming, sales director at the Columbia lanes. "That league starts on Aug. 22."
With the new season upon us what's happening at Brunswick Columbia?
For one thing, the concourse has been leveled so the approaches are handicapped-accessible. And there's new seating at the lanes.
Debbie Damron, the general manager, is still on hand. So is Claire Calish to operate the computer. John Newby will continue to function as the mechanic. Shawn McDowell is the assistant manager. "There's just the one assistant manager," Deming said. "If he's good you only need one assistant manager."
The pro shop is being operated by a PBA member, Dean Young; that means you'll have expert advice on bowling equipment, balls, shoes, wrist devices, tape, all the accesso
ries that bowlers need and use. If you're a serious bowler, you need a professional to help you.
Anita Harris will be behind the snack bar again, and the center will be open from 9 a.m. until midnight, Monday through Thursday; on the weekend that time is extended to accommodate evening bowlers.
Beer and liquor is available in the lounge but not when the YABA youngsters are bowling on Saturday mornings. Walker Boynton again will be the director of the YABA league with a full staff of experienced coaches.
"The senior league, Club 55, will start Sept. 7," Deming said. "We'll have the meeting of the league at noon and start bowling at 12:30 p.m."
There will be over 50 adult leagues this year at Columbia in addition to the senior league and the YABA. There are still some openings for most times and days, but they are filling rapidly.
Brunswick Columbia is the site for the Howard County Parks and Recreation Department's league on Saturdays for the physically and mentally challenged.
Every second Tuesday of the month there will be a women's no-tap tournament at 9:30 a.m. And every second Friday of the month, there's the seniors no-tap tournament with lunch included in the price of bowling.
The Shorties league is for bowlers who don't want to bowl an entire 35-week season. It's on Saturdays at 6 p.m., and costs $8.50 per person.
The Bar Room Gang league will be at 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and each bowler receives a NFL Starter jacket.
For information on any of the leagues call Deming at (410) 381-7750.
And through Sept. 13, any time lanes are available, any time the center is open, you can bowl for 99 cents a game.