Brunswick magic number is 720
High scores posted in different leagues
Brunswick Normandy tenpin bowlers have posted two 720 sets on different nights, in different leagues.
Karl Schleunes of Ellicott City bowls in three leagues at Normandy: Tuesday Doubles, Wednesday and Friday nights. In the Tuesday Doubles, he shot games of 237, 257 and 226 for his 720 series. That's still a few pins short of his career-high series of 734.
Schleunes, 45, has been bowling for about 12 years, and last year posted a 194 average. As so many Baltimore-born folks did, he bowled duckpins when he was younger.
"About 13 years ago I wanted to improve my [duckpin] game," he said. "So I tried a few duckpin centers and asked for a time I could get some instructions. All their instructors were active during the week when I worked but finally, when I called, the
Perry Hall center said, 'Come in on Saturday.' It wasn't until I arrived there that I found out it was a tenpin house. I tried it, I liked it, and I'm still bowling tenpins."
Dave Wine, a Ellicott City resident, started his tenpin bowling career when he was 12.
"I've always bowled at Normandy," Wine said. "I started bowling there when I was a kid, and I really don't want to bowl anywhere else."
Wine bowls in the Monday Late Nighters and the Thursday Mixed leagues. He averages 201 with a 15-pound Red Hammer ball. His career-high single game is 289, and his high series is 751. In the Late Nighters on Oct. 5, he posted games of 247, 215 and 258 for the 720 series.
Big numbers for seniors
Brunswick Columbia's Club 55 seniors are putting up some tough scores in the Thursday morning league.
Regina Gregory was 118 pins over average, and Tom Dawson was 149 pins over average.
Regina Gregory, a retired accounting clerk from the Howard County Broad of Education, is a brand-new tenpinner.
"When I retired I had some time during the day," she said. "So last summer I started to bowl. And I'm glad that I did. The Club 55 is a friendly group, they're not complainers, just a great group."
Dawson, retired United States Air Force, started bowling about 20 years ago. He lives in Baltimore City and travels a lot.
On Monday he bowls with the seniors at Fair Lanes Kings Point Randallstown. On Tuesday, it's Club 55 at Brunswick Columbia. On Thursday, Club 55 at Brunswick Normandy. And on Friday, it's Fair Lanes Woodlawn.
With a 162 average, a career-high game of 256 and a high set of 654, Dawson said he "just likes to bowl. The people you meet come from all walks of life, bank presidents, clerks, truck drivers, doesn't make any difference. On the lanes we're all just bowlers, having a fine time."
Above-average youth bowlers
The youngsters that bowl in the Saturday morning youth league at Brunswick Normandy know about having fun and good bowling.
Stacey Anderson, a Division I bowler, posted scores that were 66 pins over average. Timothy Rogers, Division II, was 136 pins over averge.
Timothy, who carries a 130 average, threw games of 175, 145 and 198 to post the 136-pins-over-average league-leading score.
Win money in Columbia
Brunswick Columbia has a short-season league that started Oct. 13. It lasts 24 weeks, and the team that finishes first will go to Atlantic City and compete with other teams in the Brunswick Recreation Center Northeastern region for part of $5,000.
* There's a Singles No-Tap Tournament in progress at Columbia right now with shifts on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. There's a guaranteed first prize of $1,200.
For information, call (410) 381-7750.