Carroll County teen rolls over state foes in her LPBT debut

October 14, 1992|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

Angie Brown is only 16, a junior at Francis Scott Key High School in Carroll County who bowled this week in her first Ladies Professional Bowling Tour tournament at Country Club Lanes in Middle River.

She didn't win any money, finishing 57th out of 88 bowlers.

But Brown won some respect.

With a 190 average over 18 qualifying games, Brown out-bowled six other local women to finish first among Marylanders in the fifth annual Hammer Eastern Open.

She didn't make the top 24, so you won't see her on ESPN, which will be taping the step-ladder finals tonight at 7. (The finals will air Oct. 21 at 12:30 a.m.)

But for those who saw her bowl, they say she's got the skills to be a successful professional one day.

"She throws a powerful ball," said David Schroeder, a LPBT spokesman. "For 16, if she stays with it, you'll definitely see her out there in a few years. It's definitely unusual to see someone that young out here. We've got ladies out here who have been bowling professionally for longer than she's been alive."

So young was Brown that she needed a consent form signed by her parents to participate.

For those who know the Taneytown youth well -- such as her mother, Sandy Brown, who operates The 300 Cafe at County Lanes in Westminster -- they say Angie has wanted to be a pro bowler since the fifth grade.

In fact, she's a student of the game.

Literally.

After petitioning the Carroll County School Board last summer, Angie was given special permission this September to leave school at 1 p.m. each day to study bowling.

"Yeah," said Jim Weaver, a for mer PBA bowler who now manages County Lanes in Westminster, chuckling, "she gets science and math credits [for bowling]. Things have changed since I was in school."

Each afternoon, Angie bowls from 1:30 to 4:30, taking notes after each shot, noting where she threw the ball, how it reacted, noting angles and trajectories.

"She has to keep a log every day," said her mom, Sandy. "She's graded on that. Her principal has even come down to watch her bowl."

Angie bowls in three leagues, including a Wednesday night scratch league, where Weaver says she puts a lot of grown men bowlers to shame.

"She beats up on a lot of the men," said Weaver, who toured as a pro bowler in the early 1980s. "The men don't mind losing to her, though. Even though she's only 16, they know how good she is."

How good is she?

"Her game has just taken off," said Weaver. "She's a wily young lady. She must not weigh 100 pounds soaking wet, but she throws a 16-pound ball like a man. That's the ultimate compliment."

Mrs. Brown said her daughter had mixed feelings about her performance in her first pro tournament.

"She was proud, but she was also disappointed," Mrs. Brown said. "She knew that if she had kept up, she would have finished better. But she kept saying, 'Next time, they better watch out.' "

NOTES: In the step-ladder finals tonight, five bowlers will be going for the $9,000 first prize. The top five bowlers are: 1. Carol Gianotti, of Perth, Australia, with a 218 average (9,723 total pins;) 2. Leanne Barrette, of Yukon, Okla., 216 (9,621;) 3. Tish Johnson, of Panorama City, Calif., 210 (9,269;) 4. Angelina Ramsey, of Poway, Calif., 207 (9,153;) 5. Stacy Rider, of La Habra, Calif., 209 (9,152.) Gianotti won the LPBT tournament in Claymont, Del., last week. Johnson won the Hammer Open the last two years in a row.

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