The Greenway Youth Invitational was the kind of tournament that Greenway Bowl assistant manager Peggy Tully wanted: tough, but fair to very bowler.
"I want all of the youth bowlers, even the Pee Wees, torealize that this is a serious tournament, that this tournament is alearning experience, as well as competition," she said.
"I want the kids to learn that when they get to the Junior Division they must learn to register themselves, find their own lanes, havetheir equipment ready."
Sunday's third annual tournament at Greenway Bowl Odenton drew 183 Pee Wees, Prep, Bantam, Junior, Senior and Major youth bowlers from as far south as Virginia, as far north as Harford County and as far west as Carroll County from a dozen bowling centers.
Individual winners were:
* Michael Valcourt, Bowl America Glen Burnie, defeated Bobby Burkindine, 234-198, in Major Scratch Boys.
* Fred Wilson threw a 204 to defeat Chad Kornick in Major Handicap Boys.
* Becky Johns, Bowl America Glen Burnie, defeated Kathryn Brady, 204-159, in Major Scratch Girls.
* Melissa Moore, FairLanes Southdale, threw a 227 game to capture the Major Handicap Girls title.
* David Harkins rolled a 167 to defeat Jason Ficke in Junior Scratch Boys.
* Brad Gouldin defeated John Trawinski, 195-188,in Junior Handicap Boys.
* Lisa Tully, Greenway Bowl Odenton, defeated Ann Dietrich, 165-145, in Junior Scratch Girls.
* Chennell Richardson rolled a 224 to capture the title in Junior Handicap Girls.
Winners of the eight team events were:
* Greenway Bowl Odenton captured the Prep Girls Handicap.
* Fair Lanes Southdale took the Prep Boys Handicap.
* Fair Lanes Southdale won the Bantam Girls Scratch.
* Fair Lanes Southdale captured the Bantam Girls Handicap.
* Greenway Bowl Odenton took the Bantam Boys Handicap.
* Teams from Washington won the Prep Girls Scratch, Prep Boys Scratch and Bantam Boys Scratch divisions.
One of the Pee Wee rookies was Dallas Frye, 6, daughter of Donna and Dana Frye of Severn.
Dallas, who started bowling this season, carries a 57 average, with a high game of 97. On Sunday, Frye bowled games of 76, 78 and 82 for a 236 series. The first-grader at Oakland Elementary School threw a 6-pound Lite Dot Jr. bowling ball.
"Her brother (Dana Jr.) is quarterback for the Patapsco Chargers," Donna said. "We wanted Dallas to be able tocompete in sports, as well. Bowling is a sport that the whole familycan do together, and all of us enjoy it."
Justin Smith, 3, of Glen Burnie is a veteran of the Pee Wee youth leagues. He's been bowlingsince he was 19 months old, when his parents, Mark and Joy, started him at the game.
"Everybody in the family bowls," Joy said. "Mark and my parents, brothers, sisters, and our other children, Ashley (4)and Lauren (2) just started."
Justin has an excellent teacher. His father carries a 208 average and is the evening manager at GreenwayBowl East.
Justin, who weighs 35 pounds, is the only left-hander in the family and throws a 6-pound ball. On Sunday, he had games of 68, 63 and 72.
Wait until he gets older.
Sue Witkowski of Pasadena also started out when she was pretty young.
"Well, I was so little that they didn't have bowling shoes that wouldfit me," she said.
Now a registered nurse at North Arundel Hospital, Witkowski never lost her love of bowling -- nor her ability.
Bowling last year at Bowl America Odenton, she won the Triple Crown Award with a 257 high game, 618 high series and the league-leading average of 176.
"Bowling is something that my husband, Dave, and I cando together," she said. "Right now, I'm not bowling."
The reason is Robert Andrew Witkowski, who was born Dec. 30.
When Sue does return to the lanes, she'll have all new equipment; all of her old equipment was stolen from her car last month. Now, she has two new bowling balls, a Blue Hammer and a Cobra drilled by Wayne Stepp and ready for action.
"This year, I'm bowling in the Thursday Mixed League atFort Meade," she said. "I just hope I get lucky again and have another good year."
The Ted Wessell 24th annualOdenton Spring Festival Doubles and Singles Tournament is slated forFeb. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and March 1, 7 and 8 at Greenway Bowl Odenton, with 100 percent of the prize fund returned to the bowlers. Information: 551-7100.
Catch the action Feb. 16 at Greenway Bowl Odentonwith the Eastern Senior Tour, as Joe Nagy brings the top senior bowlers in the Mid-Atlantic region to Anne Arundel.
Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie
Pin & Ball Wizards 12/18/91
Bill Trott 160/457
Inez Semeniuk 161 game
Tom Hudson 162/441
Ted Schmidt 159/402
Char Bieman 145/393
Bob Thompson 148/391
Pin & Ball Wizards 2/1/92
Tom Hudson 164/446
Lane Schuster 170/422
Dave Hoyle 151/391
Pin & Ball Wizards 1/15/92
Tom Hudson 152/384
Kim Stilling 147/381
Muriel Crompton 250/348
Dave Hoyle 148/398
Bernice Fuller 174/426
Harry Spence 145/372
Kathy Leonard 134/357
Charlie Heinbach 124/360
Janice Sparenberg 123/351
Carr-Lowrey Mixed 1/7/92
Richard Harris 170/484
Janice Sparenberg 153/381
John Clark, Jr. 157/431
Bonnie Wolf 125/350
Harry Spence 159/405
Kathy Leonard 132/347
Wednesday Carefree Ladies
Evelyn Dombroski 162/409
Kathy Leonard 147/397
Mary Coby 154/358
Nellie Bentz 152/390
Mary Bavis 134/385
Shirley Robinson 136/370
Bernice Harvey 162/359
Monday Morning Mixed
Joyce Scheibe 187/432
Beverly Norris 169/404
Shirley Robinson 375 set
Monday Nite 8:15 Mixed
Paula Buchanan 196/404
Peggy Quinlan 174/460
Pat Trabert 168/412
Mike Reeder 172/437
John Petrecca 168/412