"We seem to bowl pretty good together," Gene Young said of himself and his doubles partner, Mark Bayline. "But we never thought about winning the same tournament back-to-back."
That "same tournament" is the yearly Wayne Logue Memorial Duckpin Doubles at Mount Airy Lanes. On June 10, Young and Bayline pounded the pins for a three-game handicapped total of 1,056 to win the $600 first prize. In 1994 they posted a 1,063 score to win the event.
Bob Miller and Steve Beall teamed to win second place with a pin total of 1,037; Miller had 512 and Beall shot 525.
The high game of 389, including handicap, was accomplished by the team of Carl Mealo and Eric Ball.
"It is unusual for anyone to come back the next year and duplicate a first-place position," said Joe Rineer, Mount Airy Lanes proprietor. "One of the reasons for this achievement in the Logue [tournament] is that both Young and Bayline have improved their game since last year."
Young, bowling in his second season after a 15-year layoff, boosted his average from 121 to 126. Bayline, in his second season on the duckpin lanes, went from 116 to 126.
Young, a Finksburg resident, bowled with Bayline in the Thunderhead Westminster lanes' Sunday Mixed league last season.
"This year I'll be bowling two leagues," Young said. "Joe [Rineer] said there's room next season in his Wednesday night league at Mount Airy."
Bayline will join him in that league.
Bayline, born and raised in Carroll County, lives in Westminster. Last season he started bowling in a travel league from Fair Lanes Perring Parkway on Saturday nights.
As for the surge in average, there's a simple explanation for that: "I've learned so much more about the game," Bayline said. "Not just from Gene but from other bowlers. It seems that everyone is willing to help another bowler, even a bowler on another team. It's made a big difference in my game."
At Hampstead Lanes
Summer action started last week at Hampstead Bowling Center.
Yesterday Hampstead Lanes presented the first of five Rock 'n Bowl events; on alternate Thursday nights Colorama will take over the center.
So on July 8 and 22 and Aug. 4 and 18 you can bowl Colorama. On July 15 and 25 and Aug. 11 and 18 Rock 'n Bowl will be in action. Both events begin at 8 p.m.
And it's not too late to start thinking about the fall season there.
"The new season that starts in just two short months is looking just great," said Basil Wisner of Hampstead Bowling Center. "I'd advise anyone looking to join a league, duckpin or tenpins, to stop in or call about the league and the nights that they want right now.
"We have room in just about every league right now but that can change rapidly. Of course, we will do everything that we can to accommodate our bowlers but the sooner they get in touch with us the easier it is to make sure that can bowl in the league they want, on the night that they want."