Angie Brown and Craig Nauman finished in first place in the 12-team County Lanes Summer Adult/Youth league. First place is a familiar position for Angie Brown; time after time she has captured first place honors in tenpin youth tournaments.
Now Angie has her sights set on the Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour.
She lives in Taneytown with her parents, Sandy and Dave Brown, and will enter her senior year at Francis Scott Key High School next month. But her thoughts will be on next year and a career as a pro bowler.
"Angie practices 25 or more games every day," Sandy Brown said. "That's seven days a week. She has special permission from the Carroll County School Board to leave school early every day so she can get enough practice time."
Angie practices at County Lanes. Chuck Ludwig, the center's owner and a PBA member, works closely with her as a coach.
The 16-year-old has been bowling for about nine years.
Both her parents are avid tenpinners. Sandy carries a 167 average and Dave, current president of the American Bowling Congress in Maryland, has 174 average.
Angie has pushed her average to 186, with a career high game of 265 and a 675 high series. All three figures are outstanding for a youngster still in school.
Is a college career in the future?
"I don't want to wait four years to get on the professional tour," Angie said. "Right now, my plans are for applying for my professional card next year and starting to bowl on the LPBT as soon as possible."
Angie can look for support for that career from her boyfriend and doubles partner, Craig Nau
man. Craig, son of Bev and Buck Nauman, comes from a bowling family, too. He carries a 180-plus average in his County Lanes leagues.
Obviously it takes dedication, practice and talent to contemplate a professional career in any field. In bowling, as in many other endeavors, it also takes the right equipment.
"How many bowling balls do I have?" Angie said. "A bunch. A Blue hammer, a Purple Ham
mer, a Red Hammer, a Nitro, a Cobra, a Phantom, oh, yes, and an Xcaliber.
"Chuck Ludwig does all my ball work, fitting and drilling and working with me on using different balls for different lane conditions."
All of Angie's bowling balls weigh 16 pounds, a pound or two heavier than most 16--year--olds can comfortably handle. Angie has no difficulty with the heavier weight.
It would appear that she'll have no difficulty advancing into the professional bowlers ranks -- soon.
* It's that time again. In just a couple of weeks the Fall/Winter bowling season will open.
Joe Rineer of Mount Airy Lanes says, "Some of the leagues will start the last week of August, the rest the first week of September. There are openings, at least for now, in all the leagues, but they're filling rapidly."
"It's almost time for the winter season, and I urge anyone who wants to have a choice of leagues or days to call me now," said Ginnay Blackowicz, league coordinator at Hampstead Bowling Center.
County Lanes has its leagues ready to go, with schedules available now.
The Thunderhead centers in Westminster and Taneytown will have some leagues starting the last week of August, with the balance starting the first week in September.
On the last two weekends this month, Aug. 22-23 and Aug. 29-30, Westminster Thunderhead will have special prices in effect: 50 cents per game of bowling, 50 cents for shoe rental, 50 fifty cents for a soda and 50 cents for hot dogs. That's a great way to get ready for the new season, folks.