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Duckpin tournament gets under way at Long Meadow

May 13, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

Duckpin bowling enthusiasts from as far away as Connecticut converged on Hagerstown Saturday for the start of the 70th annual National Duckpin Bowling Congress at Long Meadow Lanes.

For the next four weekends, bowlers will be competing for three major prizes while having a lot of fun and getting in a lot of time enjoying their favorite sport.

"About every six years, the tournament is in Hagerstown," said Bob Lowman, tournament director.

The last day of competition this year will be June 11.

Bowlers are expected from Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.

Among the 30-some bowlers signing up for the first day were six friends from Luray, Va.

"Some of us are good some of the time," said Donald Miller. "But none of us is good all of the time."

All the Luray bowlers said they make a weekend out of the event. They said they also journey to Rhode Island and elsewhere to enjoy their sport.

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Next year's tourney will be in Manchester, Conn., Lowman said and already some bowlers are making plans to attend.

Rick Keadle, president of the Tri-State Bowling Association, said duckpin bowling is still a great sport but doesn't enjoy as much popularity as it once did.

"Back in the 1960s, there were a lot more kids involved in bowling," Keadle said. "Now kids have a lot more to choose from besides bowling."

Nonetheless, Keadle said he is seeing a lot of adults who are getting into bowling, either for the first time or after years of being away from the sport.

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