McKnight is a perfect fit as new supervisor at Normandy

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Ron McKnight works his trade at the Brunswick Normandy bowling center in Ellicott City.

McKnight, 33, has just started working at Normandy this month, taking over the reins as mechanical operations supervisor.

"I've been with Brunswick for 10 years," said McKnight, who had been working at lanes in Long Branch, N.J. "And I've been throwing a tenpin ball for maybe since I was 15.

"I'll be league bowling, you bet, because I'm still looking for that perfect game."

The 190-average tenpin bowlers has had "a bunch of 279s but I'm still looking for the 300."

Currently, he's throwing the Rhino Pro series of bowling balls.

"I like to fit and drill my own bowling balls," he said, "And the Rhino Pro line fits my game pretty well."

As MOS, he's the guy that lays down the lane condition and he knows exactly what condition that will be for the Normandy bowlers.

"Of course, I'll be following ABC rules about the amount of oil [currently a minimum of three units of oil must be on the lanes]," he said. "But I'll have a playable shot down, not too easy and certainly not too hard, but a shot that's as fair as you can be to everybody, both the average and above-average bowlers. I want everyone who bowls at Normandy to be happy with the scoring."

Number two

Vince Moore of Elkridge bowls in two leagues at Brunswick Columbia -- the Thursday Hy-Fliers and the Wednesday Men's.

Bowling for over "20 years, off and on," the 200-average tenpin bowler had to wait until March 1993 to post his first perfect game.

It was at Columbia in the Thursday league that he fired the 300 game then added 197 and 195 for a 692 series.

It didn't take too long for Moore to get his second perfect game.

On Dec. 14, he started his league bowling with a 195 game, then he pounded 12 strikes in a row for the second career 300 game.

"I've been using a Nitro R2 ball," he said. "That ball hits pretty hard and I had a line I liked that night."

Moore finished with a 213 for a 708 series, still far short of his career high three-game set of 754.

PBA's back in town

The Professional Bowlers Tour will present the Greater Baltimore Open at Country Club Lanes beginning today.

Both an adult pro-am and a youth pro-am event are planned. The adults will bowl on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26-28, and the youths on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 26-27.

You can make reservations by calling (410) 686-2556.

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