Annapolis Bowl. Same location but no longer Fair Lanes Annapolis.
Purchased last summer by Wally Hall, ex-president of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of American and former head of Fair Lanes Inc. the newly named center is being managed by Carol Atwell, a 15-year veteran of the bowling industry.
The 32-lane center retains all the amenities, and bowlers are talking about the improved scoring conditions on the lanes.
"We've laid down a heavy crown condition," said Tim Puskarich, maintenance facilities manager, "and the lanes are oiled down to 26 feet and buffed to 32 feet with three units on the outside and about 12 between the left and right 10 boards. That provides a nice arc into the pocket."
Lanes are stripped every day, providing a consistent condition.
Under the new ownership, scoring has climbed with two 300s (Ko Whittington and Paul Roberts) and a 299 (Wilson Ford Sr.) being posted.
The three-game set house record has been shattered.
"Ko Whittington is only 17 years old," Puskarich said. "And he not only shot a 300 game but broke the house record with a 780 series."
Roberts, in the first month of the new season, bowling in the Tuesday Business Men's League, started slowly. His first game was a 237 and the second 203. Then he made a minor adjustment.
"I moved two boards left [he's a right-hander] and found my line," he said. "After that it was easy."
Easy or not, the third game was a 300. That was just one week after posting a 299 in the Wednesday league at Bowl American Odenton.
Last year Roberts carried a 204 average; this season that average is 210. The 20-year police corporal said Dick Ritger's bowling camp helped him improve.
The 300s will pay off. Scott Mason, assistant manager, said: "Each of the bowlers who threw a 300 game will receive a check from Wally Hall for $300. The checks have nothing to do with the awards from the ABC that the bowlers will receive. It's just something that Mr. Hall wants to do for the bowlers."
Last year the Parents-Coaches Association held two tournaments before the Scholarship Tournament in May. The PCA provides $1,200 in scholarships for that event.
This year the organization is planning four tournaments before the Scholarship Tournament -- the first Singles at Annapolis Bowl on Oct. 31; the Adult/Child Scotch Doubles at Bowl America Odenton on Nov. 19-20 and Nov. 26-27; the No-Tap at Bowl America Reisterstown on Jan. 16; and the annual Youth Open March 27 at Bowl America Odenton.
The second annual Scholarship Tournament at Bowl America Odenton is May 8.
If you want your youth tenpin bowlers to take part in the tournaments, call Carole Brady, president of the PCA, (301) 621-7008.
New sport in Pasadena
If you'd like to try Rowler Bowl, here's your chance.
"We're having Rowler Bowl night," said Steve Sandusky of Riviera Bowl, Pasadena. "On Wednesday nights at 9:15 p.m. you can play Rowler bowl for $1 a game. For another dollar you can have a slice of pizza."
The Greater Baltimore Bowling Association's 700 Club will conduct a tournament Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Crofton Bowling Centre. Information: (410) 721-2401.