The Greater Baltimore Bowling Association's 41st annual championship tournament at Brunswick Normandy rolled to a finish after two weekends of competition, on March 7.
More than 800 Baltimore area bowlers participated in the singles, doubles and team events.
"The lane condition was excellent," said Bill Mend, spokesman for GBBA. "And the staff at Normandy, from manager Carol Malinowski to the snack-bar folks, was just great."
That excellent lane condition showed up in the scoring. Three perfect games were posted.
Scott Poe, a Professional Bowlers Association member bowling in regional PBA tournaments, had one of the 300 games. That should total about a dozen perfect games for the Glen Burnie bowler. Poe shot 721 to win the singles scratch event.
Alan Snyder of Dundalk picked the tournament to throw his first perfect game, and Gary Shobe of Elkridge had his first 300.
Karl Schmidt and Richard McFadden teamed to capture the doubles scratch division by putting up some impressive numbers.
"Rich and I have been doubles partners for about 10 years," Schmidt said. "We've won three doubles championships in that time span. We seem to bowl pretty good when we team up."
Schmidt shot games of 257, 242 and 225 for a 724 series, McFadden had games of 225, 278 and 224 for a 727 series.
Schmidt, a Rosedale resident, said, "I prefer tournament bowling to league bowling. I like the action in tournaments."
He makes sure that he subs in enough leagues to qualify for the GBBA events. With a 196 average and a high series of 813, he holds the honor of being the first Maryland bowler to throw back-to-back 300 games. That feat was accomplished in 1983. Including those 300s, Schmidt has had eight perfect games with two 299s and two 800 series.
A member of the PBA from 1982 to 1987, Schmidt won a regional event while bowling as a professional.
Charles Mickens Jr. and Tyrone Watts, bowling together in their first doubles event, shot a 1,299 scratch series to win the handicap doubles event with a total of 1,497.
Bowling for about four years, Mickens entered the tournament with a 149 average.
"This year I'm really getting into the game," Mickens said. "I just love tenpins."
He's bowling in three leagues this year -- the Sunday Funnies at Fair Lanes Rolling Road, Saturday Heritage Pinbusters at Kings Point and Tuesdays in the Coast Guard Yard Industrial league. His career-high game is 256 and high set 618. A resident of Marymount, he had never bowled in a GBBA event prior to this year's tournament.
"Ty lives in the same neighborhood as me and I asked him to sub in the Coast Guard league. He subbed a lot and now he's a member of the team. We were always on the bottom of the league but this year, thanks to Ty, we finished third," he said.
Last year Watt's average was 189; this year it's reached 214. He bowls in the Tuesday league at the Coast Guard Yard lanes, Thursday in a scratch league at Kings Point and Friday in the Woodlawn center's Big Pinbuster league. Owner of five 300 games, he has a career-high set of 772.
"This year I used a video camera to spot my flaws," Watts said, "It made a big difference in my game."