Kevin Lamb won the men's division for the third time in four years, and Barbara Blevins won the women's division in the 31st Invitational Tournament at Harford Lanes, Aberdeen.
The 54 ladies and 54 men with the highest composite average from the past season were invited.
Barbara, a native of Harford County, lives in Aberdeen with her husband, Wayne Blevins, and bowls in the Wednesday C&P; Vending League at Bel Air Bowl and the Monday Doubles league at Harford Lanes. Her high game is 277, and her high set, 752. Her average has increased to 194.
"[Forest Hill Lanes manager] Dick Dare's coaching has been a great help to me," said Blevins, a settlement officer for Fountainhead Title Group. "Dick's taught me the most about bowling."
Apparently, Dare has done a great job: Barbara had back-to-back 275 games last summer and, of course, the 277 career-high game.
Bob Pennington has been bowling off and on for about 40 years.
"I started bowling duckpins in Bel Air before I went into the Air Force," the retired airman said. "In the service, I started bowling tenpins."
The Aberdeen resident has made the switch successfully. In 1983, he threw a 300 game, and last season he carried a 195 average. Then in June, at the Harford Lanes Classic Doubles league, Bob threw that elusive 800 series.
"The main reason I've started bowling better is better equipment," he said. "After carrying a single ball for 39 years, I finally began using two balls, one for strikes, one for spares. The Blue Hammer and Pearl Hammer balls have made a fantastic difference in my game."
I'll say. Bob's averaging 218 in the summer league, and he predicts that next season, he'll carry about 200. That's a big jump over his usual 185-plus average.
Oh, that 800-set? Games of 279, 278 and 248 for a solid 805 series.
New balls, anyone?
* There's a new manager at Fair Lanes Edgewood for the fast-approaching next season. Jeff Minster picked up the reins June 25, bringing with him experience both in bowling center management and tenpin bowling.
Before coming to Edgewood lanes, Jeff had been manager at Brunswick Crown in Middle River. He threw a 300 game at Fair Lanes Dundalk in 1980, carries a 216 average and has a career-high series of 816.
Jeff lives in Aberdeen with his wife, Cyndi, a 175-average bowler, and plans to bowl at Edgewood in the coming season.
Minster's management plan is simple: Keep the center clean and attractive, treat the customer like a friend and maintain excellent lane conditions.
If you'd like to meet Jeff before the season begins, drop in over Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, and bowl in the 9-No-Tap Double tournament. It's a handicap event, and teams can consist of any combination -- two men, two women or mixed. First prize is $300.
Or you could just drop into the Pulaski Highway center and bowl for only 89 cents from Aug. 20 to Aug. 30.
* The Women's All-Star Association's third annual tournament at Suburban Bowlarama in York, Pa., continues through next weekend. First prize for the team event is four 1992 Pontiac Le Mans and $2,000.
* National Amateur Bowlers Inc. will be at Rinaldi's Shirley Park, Arlington, Va., next weekend with a guaranteed $1,000 first prize.
The following weekend, NABI will be at Crofton Bowling Center, with its Inner Circle Club Tournament; prize money for that tournament will exceed $20,000.
On Sunday, Aug. 30, Don Vitek's Best of Bowling will broadcast live from the concourse of Crofton lanes.