Few things change at Brunswick center


August 22, 1993|By DON VITEK

Things will remain pretty much the same at the Brunswick Columbia bowling center when the new season opens in a few weeks.

There will be adult leagues, senior leagues, the youth bowlers on Saturday, tournaments and colorama and a lot of familiar faces.

And one new face.

Shawn McDowell is the new assistant manager at the center.

The Lakewood, N.Y., native began his training with Brunswick Recreation Centers on June 1 with his first assignment: Brunswick Columbia.

Living now in Columbia, McDowell is fresh from the college ranks of tenpin bowlers.

"I bowled for four years at Bryant College [Providence, R.I.]," he said. "We were in the top 10 rankings every year."

McDowell, 21, started bowling in the YABA Pee Wees when he was 3.

He carried a 206 collegiate average, and he's banged out three 300 games. His career high series is just eight pins from the elusive 800 set.

"Yeah, I thought that I had the 800," he said. "In the 10th frame I left the 7-10 split and I still don't know how, the ball wasn't that bad."

This winter McDowell will bowl at Columbia in "two leagues, I think."

The value of help

Adrian Rousseau knows the value of help on the lanes.

"Until 10 years ago I threw a back-up ball," he said. "It wasn't until I learned to bowl the conventional way that I started to carry a good average."

He used that backup ball for 10 years from the time he graduated high school until 1981.

Bowling in three leagues last year -- Wednesday and Friday at Columbia and Monday night at Fair Lanes Laurel -- he carried an average near 190. This summer in the His and Her League at Columbia he's currently holding 207.

In the His and Her League, on July 21, Rousseau fired his first 300 game.

He lives in Laurel with wife, Lori, a 175-average tenpin bowler, and 9-month-old daughter, Paris.

"Paris is probably the reason I shot the 300," he said. "I was in a hurry to get back home to her and wasn't really worried about my game that night."

His other two games -- the first and the last of the series -- were 175 and 197, respectively.

But there's also the fact that Rousseau has shot a "whole bunch of 279s, about 15 of 'em." That meant that it was just a matter of time until the perfect game popped up.

"I'm using a 16-pound Burgundy Hammer now," he said. "Dean Young [the pro shop operator at Columbia lanes] fitted and drilled the ball for me about five months ago. He promised me then that with the early roll I'd get with the new ball that I'd shoot a 300 game. As soon as he finished drilling the ball I went out on the lanes and shot a 268 with it so I had a lot of confidence in it."

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