Gaines edges Panayis in tourney at Towson to start off new NTC year


January 16, 1994|By DON VITEK

The New Year's Day tenpin tournament at Fair Lanes Towson drew 273 of the top bowlers in the area.

Marc Panayis totaled 1,389 for the six games but still finished second to John Gaines' 1,401.

James Barnhart hammered out a 300 game and averaged 228 for the six games and captured third place. John T. Jones shot a 300 game and finished in 36th place.

Barnhart, a student at Essex Community College, bowls in two leagues, the Monday Classic and the Thursday WPOC leagues at Country Club Lanes.

"I was using the Nitro R," he said. "And I felt that I was bowling pretty good but nothing special."

Easy to say if you averaged over 220 last season, as Barnhart did.

300 leads to 800

Greg Neil, an employee of Springfield State Hospital, was bowling in the "Never On Sunday" league at Country Club Lanes on Jan. 2 with his wife, Janet, when he put together the best three-game set of his career, a 250.

"The second game I started with seven strikes," he said. "So, I had a chance at the 300 game."

He had to settle for a spare in the eighth frame and a 259 game.

Then the bowler who some call "Soft Lift" because of his easy delivery began stringing strikes again in the third game. And kept on throwing strikes right off the sheet.

"I wanted the 300 game because I had been close before but never made it." he said. But I wasn't thinking about the set at all. It wasn't until I threw the last strike for the 300 game that someone yelled, 'Hey, that's an 800 set!' that I realized I had also shot my first 800 series [817]."

Unpredictable duckpins

Dennis Lanahan of Parkville is a solid duckpin bowler and a coach for several years to the youth bowlers at Fair Lanes Joppa, where he still competes in two leagues, the Monday Board of Education and the Friday Nighters.

He's aware of the unpredictable nature of the game.

Averaging 136 with a career high game of 221 and a high series of 501, Lanahan knows how quickly the pins can stop falling.

On Jan. 7 he posted a fine 206 game to begin the three-game set.

$300,000 tournament

Last week Fair Lanes Inc. of Hunt Valley announced its sponsorship of an amateur bowling tournament featuring one of the largest bowling prize funds in the industry's history.

The Fair Lanes $300,000 Challenge National Match Play Championship is a tournament where players from across the country will compete against each other for a total prize fund of $300,000.

For information call 1-800-FUN-2-Bowl or stop in any Fair Lanes Center.

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