The Maryland State Women's Bowling Association and the Harford County Women's Bowling Association crowned the winners of the Maryland State WBA Queen's/Princess' Scratch/Handicap Tournament at Bel Air Bowl on Sept. 21.
The winner of the Queen's Division was Kay Connors ofForest Hill. She was raised in Aberdeen. Three nights a week, Kay bowls in Aberdeen at the Harford lanes, where she carries a 193 averagewith a high game of 289 and a high set of 720.
The winner of the Princess' Division was Darlene Milliker of Baltimore, who does her bowling at Ritchie Fair Lanes in Glen Burnie. Darlene started bowling in 1971 and carries a 153 average with a high game of 243 and a five-game series of 927.
Participants in the Queen's Division carry averages of 160 and over; while Princess' Division bowlers have averages of 159 and under.
The field in each divisionis limited to 96 participants.
"It's the most prestigious ladies singles event in the state," said Betty Bucchi, treasurer of the Harford County Women's Bowling Association.
Queens' Division winner Connors said after her victory, "Bowling has always been my first love.I credit my success all of these years to my good junior bowling coaches, especially my aunt, Kathy Scott, for all her encouragement and support."
Kathy noted that she doesn't think tenpin bowling gets the recognition it deserves. Junior bowlers currently in the ranks areespecially overlooked, she noted.
"Our junior bowlers are our future, and we, the bowlers, the local schools and the press, need to encourage them as much as we can," she said.
Connors has been bowling since she was 7; she was second in the Harford Invitational Tournament this year. She has been on the board of the Harford County Women's Bowling Association for ten years.
The ladies will be in action on the lanes during the next few months, showcasing the best in the sport locally. A few upcoming events:
Today the National Amateur Bowlers Inc. Judy Soutar Open will be finishing up at Forest Hill Lanes. Danny Wiseman, the professional bowler from Dundalk, will be on hand to watch the action, as well as nationally known professional bowler Charlie Tapp. Of course, the legendary Judy Soutar will be there todo the commentary for the television finals.
In November you can catch the 28th Annual Championship Tournament of the Harford County Women's Bowling Association at Forest Hill Lanes.
That event will take place Nov. 2-3 and Nov. 9-19. It's for singles, doubles and teams. Entries close on Oct. 27; the handicap will be 80 percent of 200.
For more information, call Judy Wheeler at 273- 6369.