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'Best of Bowling' tourney draws 132-team field


The first Don Vitek's Best of Bowling Duckpin tournament -- a mixed doubles handicap event -- drew 132 teams last weekend at Steve Sandusky's Riviera Bowl.

Sponsored by D & M Distributor, the tournament had over $4,000 in prize money.

Cathy Livingston and Keith Conley won the $1,000 first prize.

Glenna Grimes, manager of the center, and Jim Bronskoski captured the second-place prize of $500.

The husband/wife team of John and Pam Davis will split the $250 third-place prize.

"I wanted to win," Livingston said. "I just didn't expect to win."

Livingston, who lives in Severn, has been bowling for 28 years and carries a 122 average. She bowls Monday and Tuesday at Fair Lanes Southwest, and in a travel league. She's shot a high career game of 192.

In the tournament she had games of 143, 119 and 171 for a 433 set, just one pin below her career high series.

Conley, a Pasadena resident, bowls in a single league -- the Tuesday Commercial league at Riviera Bowl. A duckpin bowler since he was 5, he carries a 137 average with a career high game of 214 and a high series of 505.

"Dad was a bowler," Conley said. "And it just seemed natural for me to bowl, too. It seemed as if I had a natural talent for the game because I've been able to carry a pretty good average [137] bowling just one night a week."

In the tournament, in the first squad at 3 p.m., he came out of the gate with a booming 201 game and never looked back.

Grimes carries a 130 average. A 28-year veteran in the duckpin scene, she has a high game of 207.

Bronskoski of Severn bowls in the Tuesday Mixed Doubles at Riviera Bowl and last year his book average was 132; this year he's hitting 138.

Owner of a 199 game and a 527 series, he was going to bowl with his wife, Bea, a 95-average duckpinner, but Bea backed out at the last moment. Bronskoski started bowling when he was 13.

Grimes racked up a series of 413 and Bronskoski had games of 140, 182 and 160 for a 482 series; with 90 pins handicap they totaled 985, just three pins behind the winners.

Pam and John Davis live in Linthicum and bowl at Southwest lanes. Pam, with a 111 average and a high game of 176 and high series of 402, is active in the Thursday American Mixed league and subs in a Tuesday league. John bowls in the Tuesday league at Southwest and on Fridays at Riviera Bowl.

John averages 121 and has a career high game and set of 215 and 289, respectively. Pam and John started bowling duckpins 13 years ago. This was the first time that they teamed up for a tournament.

John threw games of 129, 127 and 148. Pam fired a 387 series -- 138, 131 and 118. Add in their 192 handicap pins and you have a third-place finish that, at 983, was just five pins from the first-place spot.

Ending two slumps in one day

K. C. Murphy knows about slumps -- both duckpin and baseball varieties.

Murphy, who lives "just down the road from Riviera Bowl" with his parents, Jim and Mary Murphy, carries a 128 average in his first season in an adult league.

He is a student at Anne Arundel Community College, majoring in sports medicine and playing first base on the baseball team.

Struggling on the lanes and on the diamond recently, Murphy broke out of his two slumps on April 14.

On the diamond he blasted a home run, and on the lanes that night he fired a 200 game, doubling in the 10th and adding a nine count.

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