Mark Brown of Bel Air took first place in the National Amateur Bowlers Tour Judy Soutar Open tenpin tournament held Oct. 5 and 6 at Forest Hill Lanes. Brown, who has been bowling for less than two years, took home $1,000 in prize money from the televised event.
About 150 bowlers competed.
"I moved to this area a year-and-a-half ago, and friends got me started bowling. I'm glad," said Brown
Mark now coaches young bowlers on Saturday mornings and has built his average to 198. Mark does all his league bowling at Forest Hill Lanes. He competes in the Monday, Tuesday and Sunday leagues, and has a high set of 726 with a high game of 278.
The technician for Advance Minolta had this to say about his win: "I'd just like to thank the whole staff here at Forest Hill lanes for their support. Mike Smith, Dick Dare, Ralph Klein, everyone here at the center was behind me. It was great."
Donna Smith of Bel Air was the only woman to make the final five and advance to bowl under the glare of the television lights. Smith placed third in the event. She landed $250 in prize money.
Smith started bowling three years ago. She bowls in the Tuesday Baugess Ladies and the Friday Mixed leagues at Bel Air Bowl and carries a 165 average with a high game of 258 and a high set of 589.
"She gave up softball," Betty Lowe, Smith's mother, recalled. "Donna is real competitive, no matter what the sport is."
After finishing third in her first NABI tournament, Smith said, "Bowling to me is not about scores, it's about people. I've met so many nice people in such a short time. That's what makes bowling so much fun."
Jerry Richardson of Street was among the Harford bowlers competing in the event who didn't place in the final five, but had a great time anyway.
"In competition, the most exciting shot is the one that you have to make to win, either in one-on-one or anchoring a team. You can't let the pressure get to you or you lose," Richardson said.
Erica E. Turner, 10, has been named one of the nation's Top 10 prep division girl bowlers by the Young American Bowing Alliance. The award culminates a year of competition involving approximately 625,000 YABA league members in five age groups.
Erica, the daughter of Maris and Hazel Turner of Edgewood received the national honor for her scratch game of 240 rolled on March 16 at Harford Lanes.
The score ranks ninth in the 1990-1991 Prep individual game competition for girls 11 and under.
Tournament news:The 28th Annual Championship Tournament of the Harford County Women's Bowling Association will be Nov. 2 and 3 and Nov. 9 and 19, at Forst Hill Lanes. Handicap is 80% of 200. There will be singles, doubles,teams and all-events. Entries close Oct. 27. For more information call: Judy Wheeler at 273-6369.
* The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 14th Annual Bowl U.S.A. will be Nov. 31 at Bel Air Bowl and dec. 1 at Edgewood Fair Lanes and Forest Hill Lanes.
Bowl U.S.A. involves participants collecting donations or pledges for every point they scorein a three-game series. It's open to bowlers of all ages and expertise levels. For sign up information, contact the participating lanes.