WASHINGTON - The Potomac Lanes Bowling Center is hosting a grand opening for its pro shop Sept. 14, from 12 - 6 p.m. and will feature pro bowler Johnny Petraglia and a Brunswick Ball demonstration.
Petraglia is a Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer, and an Army Veteran who served in Vietnam from 1967-1968.
Shoppers will have the opportunity to learn about Brunswick’s full line of bowling balls and equipment, and test it out on the lanes before buying it.
Petraglia will be there specifically to help bowlers choose equipment best suited for their needs.
The Potomac Lanes Bowling Center has been open for more than 30 years, according to its manager Carl Gittings. As manager for almost three of those years, Gittings oversaw the extensive remodeling of the Center from May to Nov. 2011.
“There was a pro shop a long time ago, but there hasn’t been one there in years. That’s why it’s so exciting to be getting a pro shop again,” Gittings said.
Demo Day costs $15 for civilians and $5 for current military members (active, reserve, and National Guard). These fees are applicable to the purchase of any ball drilled during Demo Day.
There are three sessions bowlers can attend from 12 - 2 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m., or 4 - 6 p.m.
Advance registration is not necessary, but appreciated. To register please call the Potomac Lanes Bowling Center Pro Shop at (202) 563-1701 or (202) 563-1702.
The Pro Shop will be open Monday through Friday 4 - 8 p.m., Saturday 12 - 5 p.m. and Sundays by appointment only.
Fall bowling leagues begin soon at the Potomac Lanes Bowling Center, but there is still time to join.
“There are 18 fall leagues available depending on what time and day you want to bowl,” Gittings said. “Bowlers of any skill level are welcome to join, and the leagues are friendlier than they are cutthroat or competitive. It’s more about the camaraderie of people coming together which is nice.”
From Nov. 22-24 there is a bronze-level coaching class to teach people the art of coaching bowling. A bowling clinic is also planned in the future to be taught by pros for those looking to improve their game.
“We owe our bowlers every possible opportunity to improve their game,” Gittings said.
The Potomac Lanes Bowling Center is located at building 1310 at 315 McChord Avenue SW.
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