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Bowling Legend Danny Wiseman to Host Tournament

One of the greatest bowlers of all times is seeking bowlers and sponsors for his youth scholarship tournament set for Oct. 14 at Country Club Lanes in Middle River.

 

Father's Day was an emotional weekend for Danny Wiseman.

The weekend came just after the 20th anniversary of the death of his father, Albert, to cancer. Wiseman spent the weekend doing what he has done almost all his life: bowl.

Wiseman, a Dundalk native, won his second straight PBA East Regional title Sunday as he defeated Tommy Dakouvanos, 267-200, in the finals of the Howell Lanes Open in Howell, NJ.

That win came a week after Wiseman defeated Jeff Zaffino, 279-268, in the finals of Dominick V. Diccio Memorial in Turnersville, NJ.

It was weeks like that which helped Wiseman remember how much fun he can still have bowling.

"These last two weeks really got my competitive juices going," Wiseman said. "It's just not as easy to do as it was when I was younger."

Wiseman was ranked 42nd on the PBA's top 50 greatest bowlers of all time in 2009. In a professional career that began in 1987, Wiseman has won 12 PBA titles and 11 regional crowns.

Wiseman also won his lone major title in the 2004 USBC Masters held on specially-constructed lanes at Milwaukee's Miller Park—the first bowling TV final ever held in a major league baseball stadium.

But injuries and age have caught up with Wiseman in recent years. He turns 45 in September and admits his days as a full-time pro are winding down.

Wiseman ended last season ranked 49th on the PBA tour with his best finishes being 12th in Cheetah Open and 15th in Chameleon Open.

"It's about making adjustments and trying to stay competitive with guys that are much younger," Wiseman said. "I'm looking at scaling back my tour schedule now."

While Wiseman is reducing his tour schedule, he remains as busy as ever. This includes organizing a youth scholarship tournament, set for Oct. 14 at in Middle River.

The tournament will include up to 140 bowlers under the age of 18 with a scratch and handicap division. It will be set up much like an actual PBA event, which includes a preliminary round, match play and a step-ladder final round. First place in each division is a guaranteed $1,000 scholarship.

"I just wanted to find a way to give back to youth bowlers," Wiseman said. "Today, there are so many other sports options out there that bowling can often get overlooked. I want to help change that and in the process offer some help to a young bowler looking to go to college."

Those interested in signing up for the tournament or being a sponsor for the event can go to Wiseman's homepage.

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