It's about an 80-mile round trip between Glen Burnie and Mount Airy. It's a trip that Brian Lewandowski makes every Friday night.
"About two years ago my aunt asked me to fill in for a bowler at Mount Airy Lanes," he said. "I liked the league and the people at Mount Airy, so I've stayed with them."
Lewandowski, who's been rolling duckpins since he was a kid, bowls in two other leagues -- the Monday Triples at Fair Lanes Pikesville and the Thursday Mixed at Fair Lanes Westview. That makes for a busy schedule for the Glen Burnie resident, who studies engineering at UMBC.
"For six months of the year I'm a student at UMBC," he said. "For the other six months I work for Gutschick, Little and Weber at their Burtonsville office."
Last season he carried a 134 average; this year he's looking to boost that average to 140.
And it looks like he has a great chance to do it.
In the Friday Night Early Mixed league at Mount Airy, he pounded out three strong games -- 153, 202 and 157 -- for a career high set of 512. The 202 game was two pins short of his career high game of 204.
"Each year I try to improve a little bit," he said. "This year, with the fast start, I hope that I can finish with a 140 average."
Extra bowling pays off
Claude Sier, jack of all trades at Mount Airy Lanes, bowls there, too, and he's off to a flying start.
Bowling on the Beef Brothers team in the Monday Night men's league on Sept. 27, he put together three solid games -- 173, 164 and 154 -- for a 491 set.
The following week, Oct. 4, Sier banged out 142, 180 and 148 for another strong 470 series.
Last season he carried a 129 average, which is a long way from the back-to-back series of 492 and 470. What happened?
"I don't really know, I'm not doing anything different," Sier said. "But I'm bowling in three leagues this year, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and maybe the extra bowling is paying off."
Trio scores at Hampstead
Three bowlers -- two duckpin bowlers and one tenpin bowler -- at Hampstead Bowling Center are off to a great start this season.
Bob Rill, bowling in the Tuesday men's Commercial duckpin league on Sept. 9, had games of 163, 164 and 172 for a 502 series.
Jerry Love, in the Tuesday men's Commercial league, fired a 208 game, on Sept. 17.
Nonie Feehan, in the Sunday Night mixed tenpin league, put together games of 243, 200 and 197 for a 640 career-high series. The 243 was not quite up to her lifetime high game of 252.
"I feel pretty good about that set," Feehan said. "I put about 98 percent of my shots into the pocket that night."
Bowling since 1977, the left-hander carried a 172 average last season in one league at Hampstead Lanes.
"Right now I'm averaging 175 in the Friday Mixed," said Feehan, who is an operating nurse at Carroll County Hospital. "And on Sunday, it's up to 180-plus."
Feehan of Manchester feels that two things have been responsible for her strong start this season.
"I've jumped the weight on my bowling ball," she said. "I went from a 14-pound ball to a 15-pound ball, and the other thing may be even more important. I'm really concentrating on each ball I throw now."
Ginny Blackowicz, marketing director, said, "We're giving each of the bowlers a plaque. Each is receiving our Award of Excellence."