Dave Wander, a 19-year-old Catonsville Community Colleg student, shot a 583 set in a tournament last weekend. That's a 194 average over three games, which is pretty good bowling for tenpins.
But Wander rolled that big set in a duckpin tournament. Which means it was phenomenal.
"I know a lot of people who'd like to have shot that," said John Laird, Wander's coach in the Baltimore Individual Youth Travel League. "I'd like to have those scores."
Wander shot 205, 197 and 181 -- setting a world record for the Majors division of the National Duckpin Youth Association, said Laird.
Jason Taylor, a Baltimore duckpin bowler for 12 years, took the top prize in last week's Amateur Duckpin Tour at Fair Lanes Westview. Taylor won three matches, including the championship, to win $900.
Taylor ran over top-seeded Steve Bull of Baltimore in the championship match, 171-140. For second place, Bull won $450. Third place and $225 went to George Moss of Brunswick.
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Fair Lanes or Baltimore Open?
Fair Lanes Corporation has sponsored the Professional Bowlers Association stop in Baltimore for years, and traditionally on ABC-TV the stop is referred to as the Fair Lanes Open.
Not this year. You may have noticed ABC announcers, in advertising the tour stop, referred to it as the Baltimore Open. Why the change?
ABC Sports now charges tournament sponsors an $85,000 fee to announce the sponsor's name in connection with the tournament, and Fair Lanes didn't pay, according to the latest issue of Bowlers Journal.
Other longtime tournaments, such as the Showboat Invitational and the Leisure's Long Island Open, have not been announced on television with their traditional names.
Local guys win some money
Martin Letscher, a PBA bowler who owns a Bel Air pro shop, just missed breaking into the top 24 this week at the Fair Lanes Open.
Letscher knocked down 3,959 pins over 18 qualifying games, for 219 average. That put him in 29th place, worth $1,120.
Letscher, who last year won the PBA National Resident Pro Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas, finished ahead of such well-known bowlers as Pete Weber, Dave Ferraro and Marc McDowell.
Other local bowlers who won some money included: Tim Criss of Bel Air, who finished 32nd and won $1,080; Glen Shipe of Owings Mills, who tied for 37th place and earned $1,020; Joel Eiler of Berlin, and John Tragert of Gaithersburg, tied for 42nd place and each won $975.
Danny Wiseman, formerly of Dundalk but now of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., bowled well this week, making the top 24 for the first time during the 1993 winter tour.
Last week, it was reported here that Michelle Bevans, age 7, shot a 264 game in the annual city youth tournament. She did bowl in the city youth tournament, finishing second; but her 264 game was bowled in a Sunday adult-youth league at Brunswick Crown Lanes on Feb. 28, and not in the city youth tournament.
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Because of the storm, the bowling column could not bpublished yesterday. It will resume on its usual day next Sunday.