Last month National Amateur Bowlers Inc. drew 216 entries and paid a prize fund of $4,320 at its weekend tournament at Annapolis Bowl.
"I try to bowl in every NABI tournament," said Dawn Petr of Annapolis. "I think I've only missed one since I joined the club."
And it has paid off. Petr fired a 640 series to qualify for the stepladder finals and, while defeated by Jacqueline Hartman, Petr took home a check for $110 for fifth place.
Petr, an ex-duckpin bowler, has been throwing the big ball for "about 20 years." And it's the same ball.
"I still use my old 10-pound Columbia White Dot," she laughed. "And I use a funny grip, I use the first two fingers and my thumb instead of the middle fingers."
The grip may look funny but the results are just fine. Petr is active in a single league, the Friday Boogie Ball league at Annapolis Bowl and carries a 165 average; her high game is 246. Her high set, 640, is the series that qualified her for the tournament stepladder finals.
Short drive pays off
Ken Shelton, born, raised and still residing in Severna Park, started with duckpins about 35 years ago. Now, he's a tenpin bowler and a regular at NABI events, bowling about twice a month.
"I don't like to travel too far to bowl in a tournament," Shelton said. "But with NABI I can make a tournament about every other week that's just a short drive."
A short drive to Crofton Bowling Centre on the weekend of April 2 and 3 was worth the time.
The event drew 415 tenpin bowlers to compete for the $1,500 first prize. Second place was worth $750, and that's where Shelton finished.
Bowling in three leagues, back-to-back on Tuesday at Bowl America Glen Burnie and Thursday in the Capitol Men's at Greenway Odenton, Shelton carries a 190 average with a high game of 299 and a high series of 724.
"I use three bowling balls, depending on conditions," he said, "but lately I've been getting great results with the Nitro R2."
Youth Open in Odenton
The Parents-Coaches Association conducted its third annual Youth Open at Bowl America Odenton last month with competition in singles, doubles and team events for Bantams, Preps, Juniors and Major bowlers in handicap and scratch divisions.
Duane Herr, 6, of Glen Burnie, bowls out of Fair Lanes Southdale. A duckpin bowler at the age of 4, last September he switched to tenpins. Using an 8-pound, 11-ounce bowling ball, he's averaging 85.
Bowling in the Bantam division he won both the singles title and the doubles event with his partner, Justin McCready.
Steve Arnwine, 11, a Prep, lives in Suburbia. He was second in the Singles event, second in the Doubles event with David Falls and won the All Events Handicap title with a total of 2,013.
The sixth-grader at Marley Middle School bowls in the YABA at Bowl America Glen Burnie. Throwing a 10-pound ball and bowling since he was 7 years old,, Arnwine carries a 133 average; his career high game is 213.
Howard Spriggs, 16, of Fort Meade fired a 727 total to capture the singles title in the Majors division.
A junior at Meade High School, he bowls in the Saturday morning YABA at Fort Meade Bowl.
Bowling since he was 3 years old, he carries a 153 average, has a 239 high game and a 601 series.
Memorial Day Special
NABI will present its Memorial Day Special at Crofton Bowling Centre on May 27, 28, 29 and 30. First place is a guaranteed $3,000.
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