Kathi Brady may miss her Monday bowling league one day next month. From Aug. 9-16, she will be in Nashville competing for the title of Miss National Teenager.
Kathi lives in Odenton and bowls in the Major Leaguers Young American Bowling Alliance league at Bowl America Odenton. She carries the top average for the league, 169, and has a career-high game of 233 with a high series of 650.
As Miss Maryland National Teenager, a title she captured at the Marriott Hotel in Hunt Valley on July 4, Kathi will be in Nashville competing for the national title.
"One of the judges at the Miss Maryland contest was a bowler," Kathi said. "I thought that was neat."
For that victory, Kathi was awarded a two-year tuition scholarship to Oklahoma City University, a full scholarship for an art institute and a full scholarship to the John Powers International Institute, a modeling agency, and a $500 savings bond.
The title of Miss National Teenager carries a prize of $10,000 in cash and more scholarships.
The 17-year-old will be a senior at Arundel High School next year and upon graduation intends to study at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. "I want to be a surgeon," she said, adding that she chose UMBC in part because it has a bowling team.
Bowling since she was 6 years old, Kathi, who has letters in lacrosse and volleyball, said, "Anyone who has any interest in bowling should stay with it because bowling is a great sport."
Bowling came naturally to Kathi. Her dad, Thomas, carries a 200 average and her mom, Carole, has an average in the 170s.
Five other crowns, at least figuratively, are being tried on by the Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie Prep Division (ages 7-9) team.
Doni Ready, Timmy and James Hammen, T.J. Smith and Joshua Haggerty took the title with a score of 2,176 in the 19th annual Coca-Cola National Duckpin Youth Championship on June 27 at Turner's Long Meadow Bowl in Hagerstown.
The tournament was a three-game handicap event. Ready led the squad with a 98 game and a 275 series.
Coach Dolly Daniels said, "Most of these kids were in their first year of bowling. It's marvelous that they won a national title."
Daniels lives in Lansdowne with her husband, Jimmy, a 122-average duckpinner, and has been coaching youngsters for 18 years, 12 of them at Greenway Bowl Glen Burnie.
Dolly carries a 116 average with a high game of 190 and a high set of 470. She started bowling "about 30 years ago," learning from her father who bowled in Cumberland.
Doni Ready lives in Linthicum with his mom, Debby, and attends Linthicum Elementary School where next fall he'll enter the fifth grade. He averaged 81 last year.
"Dolly's just been great with the kids," Debby Ready said. "I know that Doni has had a great time."
Joshua Haggerty, a first-year bowler, is 9 years old and will start the fourth grade at Marley Elementary School next year. He lives in Glen Burnie with his mother, Kim Davis, and his 5-year-old sister, Brandi, also a bowler.
"They love bowling," Kim said. "They never want to miss Saturday mornings."
T. J. Smith, 7, lives with his parents, Silvia and Glenn Edwards, in Glen Burnie and carried a 72 average in his first year of bowling. Next year he'll enter the third grade at Rippling Woods Elementary School.
"It's something that may not happen to T.J. again," Silvia said. "It's something for the kids to remember their whole lives."
The third annual Country Club Classic continues every weekend at Country Club Lanes with three handicap divisions competing for a guaranteed first prize of $4,000.
On Aug. 28-30, the Inner Circle Club Tournament/North will be conducted by Crofton Bowling Centre. On Aug. 30, The Best of Bowling radio show will be broadcast live from the concourse of Crofton Lanes.
Greenway Bowl Odenton will play host to the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour Regional Open on Aug. 7-9. The Youth/Adult Pro Am will take place on Friday, Aug. 7. The Best of Bowling radio show will be live from the concourse at Greenway Bowl Odenton for the finals on Sunday, Aug. 9.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday in the Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.