GBBA crowns its tournament winners

BOWLING

March 20, 1994|By DON VITEK

The Greater Bowling Bowling Association finished its 42nd annual championship tournament on March 6 after two weekends of competition.

In the team event, AMF 2 captured the scratch top prize; in the handicap division, ICBC 2 was first.

L Scott Poe won the scratch singles event with a total of 759.

Steve Flowers was first in the handicap singles with 796.

Robert Lemerise and Chris Cook teamed to win the scratch doubles with 1,428.

Tip Tober and William Shields were first in the handicap doubles with 1,494.

Brian Bever, for the second year in a row, took the scratch All Events crown with 2,128.

L Luke Collins, with 2,202, won the handicap All Events title.

Tober and Shields both live in Severn and bowl together in the Friday Odenton Church of God league at Greenway Odenton.

"I started bowling about three years ago," Shields said. "That's when I got serious about the game. Since I know Tip from both the church league and the Wednesday Men's Trio [also at Greenway Odenton], it was natural that we bowl in the doubles together there."

Born in Pittsburgh, Shields has lived in Severn with his wife, Barbara, since 1970, and carries a 190-plus average; his career-high game is 299; high set is 721. In the handicap doubles event, he fired a 662 series; his partner, Tober, shot a 677.

"We got locked in, everything went our way," is how he explains the doubles victory. "You have to be a little lucky to win a tournament like this one."

Tober, a 195 average tenpinner, concurs. "I sure wasn't doing anything different, I was just concentrating and the pins just kept falling."

Tober's wife, Debbie, is a 172-average bowler, and has posted a high game and set of 278 and 674, respectively.

Bowling for just two years, Tober was bowling in his first tournament.

Starting young

Susan Mull, a teacher for four years, lives in Riviera Beach with her husband, Charles, and teaches the kindergarten at Hilltop in Ferndale.

On Feb. 25, Mull, teacher Fran Nussle, two teacher assistants and three Chapter One aides, were watching over 100 kindergarten students in Riviera Bowl. In addition to the teachers, assistants and aids, there were a bunch of parents keeping scores for the little duckpinners.

"The duckpin bowling is an annual field trip for the youngsters," ,, Mull said. "Until Greenway [Glen Burnie] burned last fall, we would take the children there. When we had to find another place, we came to Riviera Bowl and everyone here has been just great. And, of course, the children just love to bowl."

Tournament news

* The Ladies All-Star Classic is finishing at Fair Lanes Southwest today. It's a great chance to watch the best women duckpin bowlers in the nation.

* The NABI tour will return to Fair Lanes Ritchie on April 16 and 17 with a guaranteed $1,000 first- place prize. Information: (410) 761-3800.

* The Parents Coaches Association will hold its next scholarship tournament May 8 at Bowl America Odenton.

* The Good Neighbors Women's Open duckpin tournament will be held at Edgemere Bowl on April 16 and 17. Information: (410) 477-0717.

* The Best of Bowling Handicap Mixed Doubles Duckpin tournament will be held at Riviera Bowl on April 23 and 24. First prize is a guaranteed $2,000. Information: (410) 255-3550.

* The Parents-Coaches Association will hold the Third Annual Youth Open at Bowl America Odenton next Sunday. The event will feature singles, doubles and team competition.

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