The Cecil-Harford 700 Club scratch singles tournament at Fair Lanes Edgewood drew 28 entries to compete for a prize fund of $476 on Oct. 9.
When the four qualifying games and the stepladder finals were over, tournament director Chuck Dippenworth said, "[Bill] Barlow figured out the lanes pretty good."
After four games Barlow, 21, a Bel Air native, was top-seeded for the finals with 191-plus pins; in his only game in the stepladder finals he defeated Jim Alt, 203-180.
"I work nights so I can't bowl in the leagues," Barlow said. "I practice whenever I can and I bowl in a lot of tournaments."
And he keeps improving. The son of Mick Barlow, Bel Air Bowl manager, is averaging 227.
Last year in league play at Fair Lanes Edgewood he bowled 247, 257 and 300 (his first) for an 804 series.
The next Cecil-Harford 700 Club tournament -- Marty's Pro Shop Open -- will be Oct. 30 at Bel Air Bowl.
A hand-me-down hits
Jim Alt has lived most of his life in Harford County and lives in Bel Air.
Bowling for about 20 years, Alt is active in the Thursday Harford Major Men's at Fair Lanes Edgewood. With a 206 average he's shot a 300 game and has a career high individual three-game series of "750 something."
Using a 16-pound Red Hammer bowling that he bought from Mark Bowers he recently rolled a 297 game.
"I've got a bunch of bowling balls," he laughed, "but the one I got from Mark is my favorite right now."
If you're a tenpin bowler you're wondering how one serious tenpin bowler can use another bowler's custom-drilled ball.
"It just happens that Mark and I have identical hand spans," Alt said. "Balls drilled for either of us are just fine for the other to use."
Duckpin Hall of Fame
The Baltimore Duckpin Bowlers Association is creating a Hall of Fame, and the inaugural banquet will be conducted on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Orchard Beach Hall in Pasadena.
Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made by calling Janet Hunt at (410) 766-3186.
This first induction will be of bowlers who are already members of the National Hall of Fame.
The association has been unable to contact several of the people who are to be inducted. It is looking for William Brozey, Ray Von Dreele, Robert Fisher, Winnie Guerke, Nova Hamilton, Lotta Janowitz, Ethel Brewer Miller, John Miller and Naomi Zimmerman.
Contact Bill Hunt at (410) 766-3186 if you have any information about the above bowlers.
Tim Criss of Bel Air placed 27th in the Professional Bowlers Associations' $100,000 Touring Players Championship event at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis earlier this month.
That spot was good for $1,030.