Lula Chang of Columbia, bowling in the season's first Women's All-Star Association tournament against some of the best women tenpinners in the nation, threw a fine 1780 series for nine qualifying games.
That gave her a 23rd-place finish in the March 23-24 WASA tournament,at Brunswick Perry Hall lanes, and a check for $155. Cindy Coburn-Carroll, of Buffalo, N.Y., won the tournament with a 2093 series that topped the 160-person field.
Chang, with a 183 average, is the owner-operator of Wooly Dreams Design in Columbia. The illustrator-designer finished sixth three years ago in the WASA tournament.
"When I first started to bowl, about 12 years ago, I averaged 73 -- that's 73 without a 1 in front of it," Chang said. "Now, that shows you that anyone can master bowling ifthey stay with it."
She also praised WASA: "And we're lucky to have a strong organization, WASA, to encourage everyone to compete. It's just a super organization."
Chang's career high game is 287; herhigh series is 703. That, with her tournament finishes, should be aninspiration to anyone struggling with a low average.
In the National Junior Bowling Championship at Greenway Bowl Odenton, good things happened to Corey Hill of Columbia and Billy Shupe of Elkridge.
Corey, bowling in the Grades 6-8 Boys Handicap Division had a 690 series, good for first place. Both youths bowl in the Saturday Morning Youth League at Brunswick Columbia.
Billy toppled 524 pins with his16-pound bowling ball, taking first place in the Grades 9-12 Boys Scratch Division.
An 11th-grader at Howard High School, Billy also played tight end for the Lions football team and next year hopes to play basketball for Howard.
He has been bowling since he was five years old and currently boasts a 170 average, a career high game of 264 and a high set
He and Corey will advance to the statefinals in Cumberland on April 28.
On Tuesday, April 9, Brunswick Columbia will be the site for the Ladies League Bowlers Brunch and 9 Pin No Tap Tournament, with a guaranteed $50 first-place prize.
The world's greatest women bowlers will be competing in the Baltimore-Washington area when the $45,000 Lady Fair Lanes Open takes place April 22 through 25 at Fair Lanes University in Adelphi. Top prize is $8,000. Both the Adult and Youth Pro Am will take place on April 21. Youth bowling will start at noon. Adult bowling will be at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
The American Lung Associationof Maryland will host the Clean Air Bowling Tournament on Sunday, May 5, at Fair Lanes Timonium and Fair Lanes Bowie. The tournament willbe for both tenpin and duckpins.
The 61st National Duckpin Bowling Congress tournament will be held May 4 through June 2 at Bowlarama Lanes in Norfolk, Va.