The National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. tour rolled into Brunswick Perry Hall on Aug. 13-14 with 191 tenpin bowlers competing for $3,800 in prize money.
Chris Machis of Baltimore picked up the first-place check for $1,000.
Tim Prevatt, a Dundalk native now living in West Baltimore and a relative newcomer to tenpin action, captured second place and $500.
"I just started bowling in 1992," Prevatt said, "I averaged in the 160s for the first year."
Now that average is 189. Hard work and dedication to the game paid off.
"I practice 20 to 30 games a week," he said. "And I bowl in NABI tournaments almost every week. The competition helps keep me sharp and the prize money is guaranteed."
In his short career, Prevatt has thrown a 279 game and a 670-plus set.
"And in NABI, it doesn't matter what you average," he said. "Everyone has a chance to cash."
Good lane conditions help
Fair but consistent lane condition can do wonders for tenpin bowlers scores . . . and their tempers.
"That's my first priority," said Glenn English, manager of Brunswick Perry Hall lanes. "I'm not much of a bowler, but I know enough to have a decent shot for the tournaments as well as for the league bowler."
English carries a 180 average with a career high game and set of 255 and 630, respectively.
English started working in bowling centers as a teen-ager in a duckpin house on Harford Road; in 1982 he joined Brunswick.
"I was assistant manager at Cedonia Lanes and then a manager at Tar Heel Lanes in High Point, N.C., for a year," he said.
For six years he's run Perry Hall.
Carol Miller of Dundalk began bowling duckpins four years ago. Today she's the captain of the Pinland Bowling Lanes team in the Eastern Independent Ladies Traveling League.
"I tried bowling tenpins," Miller said, "But that big ball didn't fit into my small hands very good."
Besides the Saturday night traveling league from five centers (Edgemere, Parkville, Eastpoint, Middlesex and Pinland), Miller bowls in four more leagues, morning and evening leagues on Wednesday and Friday, all at Pinland.
"We have a good traveling league," she said. "But we can always seem to fit in a few more ladies."
The five centers field 12 teams of five members -- four teams from Edgemere and two each from the other centers.
"Individual averages don't mean a thing," said Miller, who has a 110 average. "Just so the combined total of the five-member team averages don't exceed 600."
The Duckpin Bowlers Tour is finishing at Seidel's on Belair Road today; the doubles event has a first prize of $800.
* The third annual Labor Day Weekend 9-No Tap Doubles will be conducted over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5, at Fair Lanes Edgewood.
Any combination of men and women is welcome.
The handicap division will pay $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. The scratch division will pay $100 for first place.
The entry fee is $25 per team. Handicap will be 80 percent of 210 for men and 90 percent of 210 for women.
Information: (410) 676-1380.