The women professional bowlers were in town. And no one who watched them at Greenway Bowl Odenton will forget them very quickly.
They were courteous, they were affable and they were just a pleasure to be around. They were also awesome on the lanes.
They included bowlers such as Debbie Kuhn of Harford County and Carol Tarcey of Jessup, Roxie Nicholson of Arlington, Va., and Ronnie DeShields of Owings Mills.
Some names that serious bowlers will recognize immediately:
* Carolyn Dorin, known as Spike, the recent winner of the LPBT National Doubles title; Collegiate All-American for three years running.
* Jackie Sellers from DuBois, Pa., Collegiate Bowler of the Year twice, WASA Rookie of the Year, three times Team All-American, owner of six 300 games and a 816 series.
* Kim Kahrman, East Windsor, Conn., Connecticut Bowler of the Year, LPBT Rookie of the Year last year.
* Linda Kelly, Huber Heights, Ohio, Ohio Hall of Famer, Team USA three years, possessor of nine 300 games.
* And a name that every bowler in Pennsylvania knows, the winner of the LPBT Regional Open at Greenway Bowl Odenton && on Aug. 9: Carol Zarr.
ZTC Zarr lives in Milton, Pa., with her husband Bob, twin daughters Christina and Cheri, and son Matt.
Zarr never has been on the national women's tour because "with a large family and the terrific expense on the national tour, I've limited myself to WASA tournaments and regional events."
Sellers took second place. Kahrman, who's married to PBA member Pete Couture, captured third place, and Kelly was fourth.
On the amateur side, Bob Lee and Pauline Rogers were the winners of the Adult Pro-Am. Jason Fick and Becky Johns won the Youth Pro-Am event.
Joy Smith shot the highest game of the tournament: 278. She is the daughter of Peggy and Dan Tully. Peggy is the assistant manager of Greenway Bowl Odenton and was instrumental in bringing the LPBT to Anne Arundel County.
Carrie Hammerbacher, a 17-year-old Baltimore resident, took the handicap event when she fired a 201 scratch. That, with 78 handicap pins, gave her a 279 game.
Dorin, bowling out of Linden, N.J., said, "Peggy ran a great tournament. And the lane condition was tough but fair."
Kelly said, "I'll come back for the next one."
It's a given that Zarr will return. In the final match, for the championship and the $1,500 first prize, she opened in the first with a spare and then pulled out in front with eight strikes. The game was never in doubt after the fifth frame.
The rest of the Zarr family bowls as well. Bob carries a 195 average. The 13-year-old twins, Christina and Cheri, have averages of 146 and 162, respectively, and 5-year-old Matt, bowling since he was 2, has a 92 average. Matt weights about 40 pounds and throws a 9-pound bowling ball.
Matt's ball hooks. And, yes, Matt was the youngest bowler in Youth Pro-Am.
If you'd like to keep an eye on a rising star, a possible future LPBT bowler, just watch young Cheri Zarr. She has the tools and a live-in coach.
In other tournament news, NABI is at Fair Lanes Ritchie this weekend with a $1,000 first prize.
NABI will be at Crofton Bowling Centre on Aug. 28, 29 and 30 with the Inner Circle Club Tournament. First place is worth $3,000.
Don Vitek's Best of Bowling radio show will be live from Crofton Lanes at 5 p.m. Sunday Aug. 30.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday in the Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.