Bowlers compete for $10,000 prize

May 26, 2006

The best of the best in men's duckpin bowling will compete for a share of a $50,000 purse this weekend at Long Meadow Bowl in Hagerstown.

The Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association Tour will have more than 200 bowlers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia and Canada competing for the $10,000 first prize, donated by Frank Turner, owner of four local bowling centers, and 38 local business sponsors.

Seventeen local bowlers will participate in the tournament, which begins today: Ray Turner, Mike McAllister, Andy Huffman, Kenny Cross, Mark Nigh, Jimmy Burns, Danny Burdette, Gary McKinsey, Keith Anderson, Rob Keefer, Mike Bynaker, Rick Keadle, John Copenhaver, Doug Stotlemyer, Wade Simmons, Steve Rudisill and Darrell Walters.

The tour started in 1963 in Fairfax, Va., with Clark "Copie" Copenhaver winning the first title and a $750 prize. Turner, Huffman, Wolfensberger and Joe Bitner all have won tour titles.


The top ranked bowler this season is Bruce Smith of Eldersburg, Md., who carries a 150.6849 average in league play and 154.122 in tournaments. The defending champion is Steve Dryer of Lincoln, R.I.

This weekend's tournament is one of eight dates on the tour schedule, which runs from April to November.

The Women's National Duckpin Association will compete for a $3,000 first prize at Southside Bowl in Hagerstown on Saturday and Sunday. Jackie Adams, president of the women's tour, said 73 bowlers are registered for the weekend competition, a tour record.

Amy Bisson of Plainville, Conn., is the top ranked bowler for the fourth straight year. She carries a 151.7854 average in league play and 150.0079 in tournaments. Andrea Lanahan of Catonsville, Md., is the defending champion. Debbie Conrad is the only local bowler to have won a tour title.

Opening ceremonies for the men's tournament will be Saturday at 8:15 a.m. and the women's ceremonies will be at 9:15. Rick Conrad will play the bagpipes and the International Firefighters color guard will be on hand at both sites. The tournaments are open to the public.

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