"I really don't know who won the tournament," Jean Dull said. "I was so sick, I was just glad I was able to finish bowling."
When you've been a registered nurse for most of your life you know when you're suffering from acute bronchitis, and when you've been bowling for 20 years you know when you're bowling well.
"I was determined to go to Roseland Bowling Center with my friends and with [my husband] Roy," Jean said. "We've been making trips to bowl in tournaments all over the East Coast for years. Of course, going to Canandaigua, N.Y., is always special for me because I took my nurse's training just a few miles away at Syracuse."
The tournament at Roseland Bowl, a new 60-lane center in the Lakes District of New York state, draws thousands of bowlers each year, and this year was no different. The tournament starts in April and scores are recorded weekly. Jean bowled the last week of the Wild Irish Rose tournament and, despite the six-hour car drive and a raging case of bronchitis, she fired games of 167, 226 and 171.
With the addition of 153 handicap pins, her total was 717 -- good enough for second place and $750. Neither the 226 game or the scratch 564 series reached her career high 236 game and 585 series.
"Roy cashed in the singles division," Jean said. "When our crowd from County Lanes goes to tournaments anywhere -- Florida, New York, Delaware, Ohio -- we always seem to bring back money."
Roy started bowling at County Lanes "before it was County Lanes," back in the early 1960s. Roy, a 162-average bowler, encouraged Jean to begin bowling, and it's a sport they continue to enjoy. Last year Jean bowled Monday and Tuesday nights at County Lanes and on Fridays at Hampstead Bowling Center; Roy bowled Monday and Thursday.
"My stepson, Larry Dull, organized the trips to Cincinnati," Jean said. "And we've been taking a crowd out to the Hoinke center for 11 years. They have 68 beautiful lanes. They have the lanes so well-maintained that once you find your mark on one lane it'll stay the same across the entire center."
Last year, County Lanes bowlers brought back more than $75,000 from the Hoinke tournament.
Jean, a nurse at Carroll County General Hospital for 23 years, has been office nurse for Dr. Marilyn Miller for 11 years. It will
come as no surprise to the folks who know 73-year-old Jean Dull that she has no plans to quit either nursing or bowling.
"Bowling is probably the best family sport in the world. You meet great people, you get to socialize, to have fun. There's nothing that can top it," Jean said.
* The National Bowling Council has a brochure that illustrates the changes in women's bowling throughout the century -- these are the highlights of the 1930s:
The WIBC membership reached 9,400 in 1931.
1932 saw the famous Chicago Classic Women's League formed; eventually it included some of the greatest women bowlers, including Floretta McCutchen and Marie Warmbier.
In 1935 there were 3,343 bowling centers operating nationwide.
* Thunderhead Taneytown has been playing host to the July Jubilee duckpin doubles. The tournament ends today. First prize is $300. Information: 751-1750.
* County Lanes summer doubles tournament continues through
Aug. 23. Handicap is 90 percent of 220 for women and 80 percent of 220 for men. Information: 410-857-1977.
* The WWSBA 3rd annual Team Classic continues at Suburban Bowlarama in York, Pa., every weekend through Aug. 23. First prize is four 1992 Pontiac Lemans cars and $2,000 cash. Information: 717-848-1632.
* The 3rd annual Country Club Lanes Classic is held every weekend through Aug. 22. It's in three handicapped divisions: "A" for averages 200 and above, "B" for averages 180-199 and "C" for averages 179 and below. First prize is $4,000. Information: 410-686-2556.
* The Maryland State WBA Queen's/Princess' Scratch/Handicap Tournament will be held at White Oak Lanes, Cumberland, on Sept. 19. Entries close Aug. 15.
* The LPBT Regional Open is coming to Greenway Bowl Odenton Aug. 7-9. Friday is the chance for both youths and adults to bowl with the ladies of the LPBT in the Youth/Adult Pro-Am. Sunday, Aug. 9, the ladies will fight it out on the lanes for the championship. Don Vitek's "Best of Bowling" WCBM/AM radio talk show will be live from the concourse of Greenway Bowl at 5 p.m. Information: 410-551-7100.
* Also next Sunday, NABI will be bowling at Fair Lanes Seminary, Alexandria, Va. That's Sunday only. First prize is a guaranteed $1,000. Information: 703-823-6200.
* Aug. 28-30, NABI will hold its Inner Circle Club tournament at Crofton Bowling Centre, Crofton. The payout for that tournament will be approximately $20,000. Don Vitek's "Best of Bowling" will be live from the concourse of Crofton lanes that Sunday at 5 p.m. Information: 410-721-2401.
* Next week, Hampstead Bowling Center will be the scene of the first adult 9-or-better-across-the-lanes tenpin and 7-or-better-across-the-lanes duckpin tournament. It will be held on Fridays (Aug. 7-28) from 7-10 p.m. Information: 301-374-6211.