The Fair Lanes $150,000 PBA Open ended yesterday with the finals televised on Channel 13 locally and on ABC nationally.
Several bowlers from Carroll County took part in the Pro-Am event earlier in the week at the closest national tour stop ever to Carroll -- Fair Lanes Kings Point, about three miles west of the county line.
One of those bowlers was Alvin Dubois of Sykesville.
Dubois owns a construction company, Masterkraft, and originally is from Houston, but he and his wife, Jean, have made their home in Sykesville for about five years.
He bowls in the Tuesday Sugar and Spice league at Fair Lanes Kings Point and in a Sunday league at Thunderhead Westminster.
He carries a 146 average with a high game of 267 and has been bowling for eight months. That's right, eight months.
"Well, I had a stroke, " Dubois said. "And the doctor advised me to bowl. He said the exercise would be good for me and that I wouldn't have to worry about the heat or the cold or if it was raining. I could always bowl.
"He was right. I love it. As for the Pro Am, why not? I thought it would be fun to actually bowl with the guys that I watch on TV every week."
Makes sense to me.
This is the third Pro Am for John Elliott III of Mount Airy. John, 21, has been bowling for about five years and carries a 180 average in the Tuesday Men's Classic leagueat Fair Lanes Shady Grove and the Wednesday Mishaps. John won money in both the 1989 and the 1990 Pro Ams.
Why does John bowl in the Pro Am?
"The pros are always ready to help," Elliott said. "And, you can pick up a lot about bowling just by watching them."
Elliott is studing architecture at Montgomery College and, because he's left-handed, likes to watch the young left-handed pro from Annapolis, Ritchie Wolfe. Wolfe, by the way, came in 22nd in last week's tournament at Erie, Pa.
Elliott's high game is a nifty 286 and his high series is 727. For the past two years, John and his partner, Joey Haven, have won the doubles event in the Baltimore City Tournament.
Charles Ehrenfeld Jr., better known as Buck, and Ronald Beverly both live in Manchester and bowl at County Lanes in Westminster.
"I've watched the pros on TV for years," Beverly said. "It just seemed to me thatit would be a lot of fun to bowl with them. I think Mark Roth and Amleto Monacelli are great, and this is a chance to bowl with 'em.
Beverly is sporting a 158 average with a high game of 244 and a high series of 624. He is a carpenter and has been bowling for about 10 years. In addition to the Sunday Night Mixed league, he substitutes whenhe has the chance.
Ehrenfeld, who owns and operates Ehrenfeld Enterprises with his wife, Peggy, carries a 158 average and has a high game of 225.
"When Ron suggested bowling in the Pro Am, I thought it was a great idea," Ehrenfeld said. "It just sounded like a lot of fun."
It is a lot of fun, with bowlers such as Mark Roth, Amleto Monacelli (the Professional Bowlers Association Bowler of the Year), Randy Petersen (a past Fair Lanes Open winner), Baltimore native Danny Wiseman (last year's winner), Brian Voss, Marshall Holman and a bunchof the guys you see every week on television.
If your a bowler, that's fun, sure enough.
Tournament news: The 11th annual Ladies All-Star Classic will be March 16 and 17 at Riviera Bowl in Anne Arundel County. This a chance to bowl with -- or just to watch -- the best female duckpin bowlers in the world.
The Women's All-Star Association will open its 20th season March 23-24 with tournaments at Brunswick Perry Hall and Fair Lanes Towson, both in Baltimore County. WASA, featuring the top female tenpin bowlers in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, has conducted more than225 tournaments and awarded more than $100,000.