The National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. tournament at Annapolis Bowl last weekend drew 218 entries vying for a prize fund worth more than $5,000.
Paul Moore of Delaware picked up the $1,000 first prize.
Joe Gonzales of Waldorf took second place and $500. Betty Meade of Alexandria won $250 for her third-place finish, and Robert Butler of District Heights placed fourth and won $150.
Donny Scales of Takoma Park was the fifth finalist and won $120.
"The management here at Annapolis Bowl did a fantastic job," said Joe Doctor, director of NABI. "There was a good lane condition. The shot was fair for everyone."
Joe Gill finished in 10th place. His trip to the tournament was short, just down the road a few miles. He lives in Pasadena and bowls at Bowl America Glen Burnie.
"I've been bowling for a long time," Gill said. "But I only bowl in one league, the Tuesday Men's Metro."
And he bowls in NABI tournaments nearly every weekend. He carries a 177 average in both league play and with NABI.
His career-high game is 289 and his high series (722) was tossed at Seaford, Del., in an NABI tournament.
The Warren, N.C., native has lived in Maryland since he was a youngster. It was here that he started to bowl tenpins. And to learn how to adapt to different lane conditions.
"The oil was long at Annapolis Bowl for the tournament," he said. "I was using two reactive resin balls, the Brunswick Pro Teal and the Excalibur, both 16 pounds, and I found out early that the outside shot wouldn't work. From then on I started pointing the ball, and that worked pretty good."
Good enough that he shot a 622 series in the qualifying round and good enough to cash. And if you're an average amateur bowler, cashing is what it's all about.
This year, Gill cashed at Perry Hall Lanes (fifth place) in February. At the NABI national tournament in Las Vegas in June, he was ninth and earned $1,500.
NABI will at Fair Lanes Ritchie next weekend, Oct. 30-31, with a guaranteed first prize of $1,000.
A couple of perfect guys
The first night of the 1993-94 season at Bowl America Odenton, John Andolina and Larry Hall started out in high gear. Bowling on adjacent lanes in the Wednesday Pioneer League, both pounded out 300 games in the second game of their three-game series.
"I'm hearing a lot of comments about the 300 game," said Hall. "I'm being kidded a lot because I shot a 300 game and didn't have a 700 set."
His first game was a 159 and his last game was 190. With the 300 sandwiched between those two games, his series was 649. The 207-average bowler has posted a 749 set in the past, but the 300 game was his first.
Hall, who lives in Glen Burnie and is employed by UPS, bowled in four leagues last season but cut down to two this year after taking the summer off.
"When I picked up my ball to start the winter league, it felt so funny that I wasn't sure it was my ball," said Andolina, who took the summer off. "But John Fowler [a teammate and former manager at Bowl America Odenton] was right there to give me some tips, and suddenly it was as if I'd never been away."
Andolina warmed up with a 202 game and then threw his ninth career 300 game and finished with a 216 for a 718 series. Bowling for about 11 years, he carried a 207 average last year. His career high set is an 814 he tossed while living in California.
The Randallstown resident used a 16-pound Columbia Black U-Dot to post the 300 game. And start the season with a 239 average.
A spooky deal
At Riviera Bowl next Sunday, which is Halloween, you can bowl for $1 per game if you wear a costume between noon and 6 p.m.