Bob Quental of Hunt Valley celebrated his birthday by outlasting 166 bowlers to win the $1,000 first prize at the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. Tournament at Fair Lanes Ritchie over the Halloween weekend.
"I guess you could say I'm on a roll," said Quental, 49. "I've won seven tournaments since Memorial Day [when he won first place and $3,000 in the NABI tournament at Crofton Bowling Centre]."
Rich Kuzak of Glen Burnie took second and a check for $500, and Mike Rawlings of Sykesville took home $250 for third.
Doug Doyle of Catonsville finished fourth and won $125, and Pat Henry drove up from Stafford, Va., to earn fifth place and $110.
Quental bowls in two leagues -- the Wednesday Night Out at Fair Lanes Dundalk and a Sunday league at Crown Brunswick in Middle River. He averages 172 and has thrown a 300 game.
Like many Baltimoreans, he started bowling duckpins as a youngster.
"Then I switched to tenpins and later, for about 10 years, I didn't bowl at all," he said.
He started bowling tenpins again in 1986 and has continued despite a series of operations on his knees.
Eight operations, five on the right knee (the sliding leg for the left-hander) and three on the left one.
Kuzak retired from the Anne Arundel County Police department this year after 23 years.
He's averaging 174 on Wednesday at Bowl America Glen Burnie and the Friday TGIF league at Fair Lanes Southdale. That's up four pins from last season's average.
"I'm using a 14-pound Red Hammer now," he said. "That's 2 pounds less than what I've been using. It's made a big difference in my scoring."
Since switching balls, he's pounded out two 600 series (601 and 630) in NABI tournaments.
Rawlings bowled last season in two leagues -- Friday Pinbusters at Fair Lanes Woodlawn and a Monday league at Kings Point in Randallstown.
Using a 16-pound X-Caliber or Pro Rhino he carried a 190 average. His career high game is 290, his high set a strong 781.
Bowling seriously since 1988, Rawlings took second place in last year's NABI's Thanksgiving tournament at Crofton.
Doyle, not yet 21, bowled in three leagues last season -- the Wednesday Mixed and the Friday Friendship league at Brunswick Normandy and a Monday league at Kings Point -- with a top average of 190.
Henry and his wife, Laverne, bowl in the Saturday Mr. & Mrs. Couples league at Crofton Bowling Centre and the Friday Stafford Mixed in Fredericksburg, Va. Pat carries a 158 average, Laverne a 150.
In September 1992, at Crofton, the Henrys finished one-two in the NABI tournament. Laverne won it, Pat was second.
NABI will hold a tournament this weekend at Brunswick Perry Hall. On Nov. 25-28, the NABI Tournament will be at Crofton Bowling Centre with a top prize of a guaranteed $3,000.