Nineteen-year-old Eric Lundeen left the Young American Bowling Association ranks this season to try his skill in the adult leagues.
Born and reared in Harford County, he lives in Street and works part time at Forest Hill Lanes.
"He's real smooth on the lanes," said Dick Dare, manager of the center. "All he really needs to work on is his mental game and he can go as far as he wants in the sport."
Bowling since he was 13 years old, Lundeen (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) bowls in a single league -- the Tuesday Mixed at Forest Hill Lanes. Apparently that's all the league bowling he has to do to maintain a strong tenpin average, at least for now.
On Sept. 14, he fired games of 228 and 238 and then capped them with a third game of 300. That's a 776 series and that's still one pin below his career high set of 777.
"I'd like to turn professional in two or three years," Lundeen said. "If I can keep improving, I'll try it."
His average? Right now, it's 215. That's what an early-season blockbuster series can do for you.
A worthwhile drive
Bill Smith had one of those nights at Bel Air Bowl in the Thursday Commercial Bird league.
The Dundalk resident was born and raised in the Highlandtown and Canton areas of Baltimore and started bowling duckpins as a youth.
"But I've been bowling tenpins for about 17 years now," he said. "As for living in Baltimore and bowling in Bel Air, well, a friend of mine asked me to fill in for a bowler and I liked the league and I
like the house so I just keep bowling there."
He also bowls in the Friday Night Kings and Queens league at Fair Lanes Dundalk and carries a 201 average.
On Sept. 16 at Bel Air Bowl that average went way up.
Starting with a workman-like 218 game, Smith added a strong 267 for the second game and then came within inches of 300, tossing a 279 for his third game.
"I know it sounds strange but I really didn't know that I had that big
a series [764, a career high]," he said. "We were giving the other team 80 pins handicap and I was just concentrating on making a good shot every time and not really thinking about the set."
And the equipment he used? "I still use an old Brunswick Thunderbolt," he said. "That's all I ever use, just the one ball."
APG news and notes
At the Aberdeen Proving Ground bowling center a senior league competes every Monday at 11 a.m., and another new league has been added.
That's the Sunday Football Widows League, for women only, that competes at 5 p.m.
Next Saturday there will be a 9-Pin No-Tap handicap tournament at APG. The Thanksgiving 9-Pin No-Tap singles event is planned for Nov. 26-27. New opening hours at APG are Monday-Tuesday 11 a.m., Wednesday-Friday 4 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.
The Bel Air Bowl Seniors No-Tap handicap singles tournament will take place the weekends of Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 6-7.
* The Harford County Women's Bowling Association will play host to its 30th annual tournament at Harford Lanes, Aberdeen, the weekends of Nov. 6-7 and Nov. 13-14. Entries close Nov. 1.
* Forest Hill lanes will play host to a 9-Pin No-Tap Singles Tournament on Nov. 7 with a first-place guaranteed $500 prize.