Bowling: Another MSO Gold for Percy Mack
Over the years we have come to expect great things when Baltimore's Percy Mack grabs a bowling ball. The 2009 National Senior Games gold medalist in men's 80-84 who seems to be getting better with age, set the lone singles record at this year's Maryland qualifier for the 2011 Nationals in Houston by rolling an age group record 713.
Mr. Mack's score blasted his age group mark of 623 set a year ago and easily won his third straight MSO singles gold medal. The 713 score is tied for third-highest series in MSO history. James Millard's 735 (55-59) in 2006 is the record.
Another trip to National is only fitting for Mr. Mack, who also won gold at St. Louis in 1987 and has been playing local and national tournaments for 49 years. "I've bowled some of my best here in Maryland [Senior Olympics]," he said.
He opened this year's tournament with a 257—Severn's Scott Terry (55-59), National bronze medalist in 2009, would later tie that score for highest of the day—and was on his way to an easy victory in his age group. Cornelius Barkley of Ellicott City won the men's 55-59 group with a 692 for second-hghest score of the tournament.
Mr. Mack, 81, has held age group records at varying times for over 20 years. He generally knows how well he will bowl based on his warmup sessions. "At my age, the thing is to get my body acclimated to moving," he said. "I'll practice anywhere from 4-6 or even seven games, not working on scoring so much but planting the 10-pin, reading the lanes and what-not."
He got "locked in" at the 2009 National during his warmups. His son made the trip to Palo Alto and Mr. Mack said to him, "I'm gonna win this thing."
"Okay dad. Go for it."
"The lane conditions were pretty similar to what I bowled here in Maryland," Mr. Mack said. "You're just on that day. Some days you're on, some days you're off."
Overall, scores at this year's Maryland tournament were down and the competition not as close like the past few years. But we had an excellent turnout again at Brunswick Normandy Lanes in Ellicott City and perhaps no group of our athletes has better camaraderie than the bowlers.
The only other records were set in mixed doubles, with an interesting twist. In 1998, the team of Lusanna Strickland and Hugh Siar set a 50-54 record with a 1197 score. In 2004, they set the 55-59 mark at 1229. Both marks fell this year.
In 50-54, Jan Sheldon and Edwin Lanehart of Ellicott City teamed for a 1235. Then, Barbara Jones of Mitchellville and Terry Scott paired for a 1262 in 55-59.
Perhaps the best match of the day came in women's 80-84, where Katherine Satterfield of Bowie lost to 2009 National bronze medalist Jo Britten of Stevensville by two pins.
Barbara Jones (75-79) did not have her best tourney, rolling a 469 by closing with a 119, but the 2009 national champion still won her fourth straight Maryland gold. But then, for some reason, women's scores were down this year with only three games above 200. Mary Brown of Bowie had the highest women's score at 208, and Carol-Ann Cuneo, who easily won the 65-69 age group, had the hghest series with a 544.
We have to say, once again, thanks and congratulations to Ed Lanehart for another great job of coordinating the bowling tournament. A National champion player and great representative of the Maryland Senior Olympics, Mr. Lanehart finished with a silver behind a great series from Jack Maddox in men's 75-79. But when Houston rolls around next summer, we know Mr. Lanehart will be leading the Maryland kegglers on the journey.
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