Champions crowned at Guys and Dolls tournament

TEAM- HANDICAP: Storke Club, Montgomery Village, Md. – Team members: Darla Estep, Stuart Estep, Paula Holmes and Rusty Storke finished with a total score of 2,962 to claim the top prize of $2,000.

Other teams cashing: Sunday Niters, Bowie, Md., 2917, 2nd place $1,000; A Family Thang, Washington, D.C., 2823, 3rd place $500; Party Animals, Crofton, Md., 2800, 4th place $320; and Teeny’s Fan Club, Huntingtown, Md., 2793, 5th place $220.

DOUBLES HANDICAP: Roy Kevin and Michelle Lowe, Landover, Md., rolled a total score of 1,573 to win the event. The duo earned $1,000.

Other cashers: Janice Brown and Nathan McMackle, Hyattsville, Md., 1544, 2nd place $800; D.J. Larsen and Sandra Sponaugle, Mitchellville, Md., 1473, 3rd place $400; Ronald Smith, Quantico, Va., and Suellen Willard, Quantico, Va., 1461, 4th place $300; Gloria Johnson and Lawrence Perkins, Springdale, Md., 1458, 5th place $200; with Louella Smith and Francis W. Soper III, Huntingtown, Md., 1456, 6th place $180.

SINGLES HANDICAP: Durwood Yates, Gambrills, Md., with an 804 series to win the top prize of $600.

Other cashers: Robert Mosser, Springfield, Va., 780, 2nd place $250; Louis Lee, Temple Hills, Md., 777, 3rd place $150; Perry Browne, Fort Washington, Md., and Sherry Spause, Hanover, Md., tied for 4th place with a 773 series, $108 each; and Debra Woodson, Laurel, Md., 768, 6th place $90.

ALL EVENTS HANDICAP: Kevin Roy, Landover, Md., won the event and $200 prize with a total score of 2,306.

Other cashers: Durwood Yates, 2297, 2nd place $100; Greg Wagner, Huntingtown, Md., 2165, 3rd place $65; Kevin Ribblett, Odenton, Md., 2158, 4th place $58; and Mabel Sharp, Upper Marlboro, Md., 2155, 5th place $55.

TEAM SCRATCH: Crofton Bowl, Annapolis, Md. – Team members: Ann Dietrich, David Kneas, Deanna Mead and William Pometto secured the first place check of $360 with their total pinfall of 2,575.

Other teams cashing: Kilroy Was Here, Landover, Md., 2314, 2nd place $150; and Quiet Riot, Hyattsville, Md., 2257, 3rd place $60.

DOUBLES SCRATCH: Kevin Roy and Michelle Lowe, Landover, Md., had a total pinfall of 1,401 and collected the top prize of $200.

Other cashers: Ann Dietrich and David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 1292, 2nd place $100; Laurie Mangum and Robert Riley, Gambrills, Md., 1290, 3rd place $80; Jay Morrison and Nicole Mundy, Hyattsville, Md., 1285, 4th place $65; John Heard and Kathleen Sullivan, Centreville, Va., 1239, 5th place $55; with Deanna Mead and William Pometto, Annapolis, Md., 1220, 6th place $40.

SINGLES SCRATCH: Robert Mosser, Springfield, Va., with a 748 series to win the first place prize of $200.

Other cashers: Durwood Yates, Gambrills, Md., 721, 2nd place $80; David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 699, 3rd place $55; Michael Manolis, Arlington, Va., 694, 4th place $45; and Gerald Jones, Waldorf, Md., 665, 5th place $40.

ALL EVENTS SCRATCH: Greg Wagner, Huntingtown, Md., recorded a total pinfall of 2,078 to take the $300 first place check.

Other cashers: Durwood Yates, Gambrills, Md., and Kevin Roy, Landover, Md., tied for 2nd place with a total pinfall of 2048, $137.50 each; David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 2046, 4th place $65; Jonathan Ayres, Crofton, Md., 2020, 5th place $55; and D.J. Larsen, Mitchellville, Md., 2019, 6th place $46.

Kevin Roy of Landover, Md., bowled the tournament’s high scratch series of 846 when he rolled games of 289, 279 and 278 during the Doubles event.

Durwood Yates of Gambrills, Md., bowled 11-strikes in-a-row for a 279 game.


Cliff Lichtenberg of Lusby, Md., collected his second career National Amateur Bowlers title when he won the Baltimore-Washington Region NABI Firecracker Open hosted by the Crofton (Md.) Bowling Centre, July 4-7.

It took a handicap series score of 664 or higher in the semifinals for the top eight contestants to advance to the finals.

In round 1 of the finals, a three-way “Shootout” match, seventh seeded Robert Underwood, Clinton, Md., beat eighth seeded Paul Rivers Jr., Gaithersburg, Md., and defeated sixth seeded Theresa Pounds, Abingdon, Md., 188-184-150. Rivers picked up $230 for 7th place and Pounds took home $220 for her 8th place finish. Fifth seeded Lichtenberg triumphed over fourth seeded Carlo Tripodi, Arnold, Md., and Underwood, 241-208-204, in round 2. Tripodi was paid $310 for 5th place and Underwood pocketed $240 for 6th place. Lichtenberg knocked off second seeded Ricardo Willis, Washington, D.C., and third seeded Les Gay, Upper Marlboro, Md., 220-209-191, in round 3. Willis collected $400 for 3rd place and Gay received $325 for 4th place.

In the championship round, Lichtenberg was victorious over Tournament Leader Marcia Glaspie, Lanham, Md., 248-189. Lichtenberg was presented the $2,000 winner’s check, received a championship jacket with a paid entry into the 2003 NABI National Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Nev., and secured reserved seating to the Tournament of Champions Banquet.

“Its been a long time since I made the finals,” stated Lichtenberg. “It really felt great to make the cut. I’m very glad that I found the line to the pocket.”

Glaspie netted $1,000 for 2nd place.


Dale Allen of Laurel, Md., earned his third career National Amateur Bowlers Platinum Division title when he won the Baltimore-Washington Region NABI Platinum Tournament conducted at the Crofton (Md.) Bowling Centre on July 6.

The NABI Platinum Division is an exclusive event for the skilled bowler with a minimum average of 195 or higher.

It took a handicap series score of 610 or higher in the qualifying round for the top three contestants to advance to the one-game three-way “Championship Shootout” match.

In the championship match, third seeded Allen upstaged Tournament Leader Jimmy Sellers, Forestville, Md., and second seeded Jonathan Welbon, Washington, D.C., 216-199-198.

Allen earned $300 for the win, received a championship jacket with a paid entry into the 2003 NABI Platinum Division National Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Nev., and secured reserved seating to the Tournament of Champions Banquet.

Sellers garnered $130 for 2nd place and Welbon was paid $95 for his 3rd place finish.


Amanda Rose Pezzano of Hawthorne, N.J., was the unanimous choice to receive the prestigious Columbia 300 Industries John Jowdy Scholarship for 2002. She will receive $500 per year as long as she is in college. She will also receive receive a Team Columbia Jacket.

The 17-year-old honor roll senior at Hawthorne High School, whose family has a strong foundation in the bowling industry, is the valedictorian with a 4.4 grade-point avergae (l03.471) in a class of 140 students. She scored a sensational 1,540 score on her Scholastic Assessment Test (which is among the top two percent in the entire nation) and has been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania.

Whether it’s throwing strikes on the lanes, strikes from a pitcher’s mound, securing academic achievements in the classroom or demonstrating her musical talents on the piano or saxophone, Amanda has made all these tasks appear simple.

Pezzano’s grandfather Chuck is a former collegiate bowling champion and member of both the Professional Bowlers Association and American Bowling Congress Halls of Fame. Her dad, Chuck Jr., was a star at Pace University and has a 300 game to his credit, and her mother, Linda, was an outstanding amateur bowler. Uncles, twins Clay and Curt Pezzano, who are members of the PBA, were outstanding collegiate bowlers at William Paterson and Miami Universities, respectively. Another uncle, Craig Pezzano, is also a top amateur bowler.

“I’m very fortunate academically,” said Amanda, who is president of Hawthorne’s National Honor Society and editor of the school newspaper. “I bowl on the weekends and I play softball during the week. Those two things are my social events because I’m with friends. I enjoy playing music because it relaxes the mind.”

“Ultimately, I want to be a lawyer,” added Pezzano. “I love English and writing, and I’m a good orator. I like to debate. I know Penn doesn’t have a women’s bowling program but I hope to start one. I also plan to continue competing in softball.”

“I wish selecting the Jowdy Scholarship Award recipient was this easy every year,” stated Roger Vessell, vice-president of sales and marketing for Columbia 300. “Amanda is an exceptional young lady. Her academic and sports accomplishments were simply outstanding. I’m sure her parents are extremely proud of her achievements.”

Pezzano was joined on the All-Jowdy Scholarship team by Joshua Athony Partyka of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill.; Laura Elizabeth Ann Goldberg of Waverly High School in Lansing, Mich.; Shawn Robert Shackleford of Cabrini High School in Allen Park, Mich.; and Paul Joseph Schaeffer of Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minn. The quartet will also receive Team Columbia Jackets.

Anyone interested in receiving a 2003 John Jowdy Scholarship application should write to Dale Garner at Columbia 300, Inc., P.O. Box 13430, San Antonio, Texas 78213-0430 or go to their web stite @


Professional Bowlers Assoc-iation Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., was selected by a collection of legendary athletes and nationally recognized broadcast and print journalists as the recipient of the 2002 ESPY Award in the “Best Bowler” category.

The 39-year-old won three titles during the 2001-02 season, posted an impressive 8-1 record on TV, ignited new interest in the PBA with a memorable 299 game in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 16, and surpassed his legendary father, Dick, in career National Tour titles.

Weber received his award at the annual awards program on July 10 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. The event was broadcast live on ESPN.


Leanne Barrette of Pleasanton, Calif., was voted Bowling Writers Association of America “Bowler of the Month” for June by a select panel of the organization, BWAA President Lyle Zikes announced.

Barrette became the first multiple titlist of the 2002 Professional Women’s Bowling Association National Tour season by winning the Greater Syracuse Open in Liverpool, N.Y., on June 30 and the Empire State Classic in Latham, N.Y., on June 23. Barrette’s 25 career National Tour titles ties her with PWBA and Women’s International Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Patty Costello for third place in career tour victories.


Who is the oldest ABC member in your state? ABC has undertaken a survey to try to find the senior members with the most seniority in each state and province.

If you have a candidate to add to the list (published in the July 2002 issue of Bowling Magazine), here are the rules: The candidate must be at least 90-years-old. Send his name, hometown, birthday, home telephone number, the name of the league(s) he bowls in and the name of the center(s) where he bowls to ABC’s Oldest Members, c/o Bowling Magazine, 5301 S. 76th Street, Greendale, WI 53219 (or e-mail the information to: [email protected] List “oldest bowler” in the subject line).

The oldest ABC members reported in Maryland and Virginia are: J. Norris Coulby, 91, Easton, Md., and Harold Barry, 91, Lexington, Va..


Early entries for the Washington D.C. Area Women’s Bowling Association and Nation’s Capital Area Bowling Association 600-700 Scratch Doubles Tournament close July 27.

The tournament will be held at AMF Annandale Lanes on Aug. 10 with squads scheduled for 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m.

Each team must consist of one member who has bowled a Women’s International Bowling Congress sanction 600 series and one member who has rolled an American Bowling Congress sanctioned 700 series prior to check-in.

Walk-in entries will be accepted if lanes are available. Walk-in entries close 30 minutes prior to each scheduled squad.

Re-entries are permitted. However, contestants may only cash once with the same partner.

A $500 bond will be awarded to the first contestant who rolls a perfect “300” game during the tournament. Only one bond will be awarded.

For additional information, telephone the Tournament Director at (703) 470-7042.


With more than 8,400 teams already holding reserved dates for the American Bowling Congress historic 2003 ABC Championships Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., there still are prime dates available for the 100th event.

While the final entry deadline for this event isn’t until Jan. 2, 2003, the earlier teams enter, the more likely they are to lock up preferred dates.

The 2003 Tournament will be conducted on 48 specially-installed lanes in the Knoxville Convention Center Feb. 8-June 21.

This event features two divisions: Regular, for bowlers with averages higher than 180; and Classified, for bowlers who average 180 or lower.

Teams that don’t currently have reservations can enter online by clicking on or by calling toll free at (800) 514-BOWL, Ext. 3320.

Comments, questions or recommendations concerning this column are welcome. Telephone Ted Gruszkowski at (703) 590-2444.

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