Greenway's Fritts makes move to Riviera Bowl

BOWLING

June 12, 1994|By DON VITEK

Since June 1, Bill Fritts Jr. has been night manager of Riviera Bowl in Pasadena.

"When you get a chance to hire a talent like Bill Fritts, you just do it," said Glenna Grimes, manager. "Since Greenway Glen Burnie is not going to be rebuilt, Bill is free to come with us."

Fritts and his wife, Charley, are working at the center. Charley is behind the snack bar.

Born and raised in Glen Burnie, Fritts became a duckpin bowler 30 years ago. On the Pro League circuit he carried a 143 average.

"When I injured my leg that put a stop to my bowling," Fritts said. "I still miss getting out on the lanes."

Bill had a career high game of 237, a high set of 518. Charley, active in the Tuesday Triples at Riviera Bowl carries a 118; her high game and set are 202 and 478, respectively. Their son, Billy III, a seventh-grader next fall at George Fox Middle School, is averaging 108.

Fritts worked part-time at Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie for 10 years; he was assistant manager for almost three years.

"After all that time I'll miss the old place," he said. "But I'm 'N looking forward to seeing a lot of my old friends here at Riviera next fall for the winter leagues."

To give everybody a chance to get acquainted, Fritts will run a two-ball program on Saturday nights.

"It's a simple format," he said. "It's just throwing two balls instead of three and the high scores win some money. It's just $10 per person. Then we'll have a one-ball game; the bowler will have to beat a fixed score of 93, if no one does that, the next week the fixed score drops to 92, then to 91, and so on until someone wins the pot."

Close to the top money

Robert Marion lives in Severn and bowls tenpins at Bowl America Odenton in the Monday Mixed and the Wednesday Pioneer men's leagues.

"I bowl in NABI tournaments a lot," he said. "They're easy to get to and the money's guaranteed. And they're for the lower-average bowler."

Last month at Shady Grove, he came close to winning.

"My NABI average is 190-plus so I don't get many handicap pins," he said. "So I just try to stay out of trouble [on the lanes], keep clean and let the strikes come as they may."

Using a 16-pound urethane ball, he's made that philosophy pay.

"I was top-seeded for the stepladder finals after the qualifying rounds," he said. "But that worked to my disadvantage. Sitting for about an hour let my muscles get stiff, and of course, the lanes changed. By the time I felt comfortable out there I was already out of the game."

Tom Derr of Middleton fired a 182 to Marion's 166 to win the $1,000 first-place money; Marion picked up $500.

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