Young bowlers are taking things into their own hands at Forest Hill Lanes where a new Youth Leader Program of the Young American Bowling Alliance has been started.
"We hope that this program will teach the young bowlers about the leadership qualities that they'll need later on in life," said Ethel Burkhouse, who with Gary Lehr serves as adviser to the program.
"This is where the future leaders of the American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Congress will be born."
The program is designed to promote bowling and to encourage cooperation between the local youth bowlers and the YABA.
Bonnie Kissner, secretary and treasurer of the Cecil-Harford County YABA, acted as guide for the charter meeting of the program. At a meeting at Forest Hill Lanes on Nov. 1, officers were elected and a committee meeting was scheduled to work on the group's first project.
The charter group included Chad Kornick, president; Dave Harkins, vice president; Tina Whetzel, secretary; Laura Raab, treasurer; and Kristy Smith, member.
Dave Harkins, 14, lives in Forest Hill with his parents, Pat and Herb. This year, he's averaging 199 in the Saturday YABA and the All-Star Travel League. He has a career high game of 287 and a high set of 693. In 1991, Dave won the City YABA tournament.
"Forest Hill, so far, is the only house that's active in this program," he said. "We hope to get more young people involved in it as soon as possible."
Tine Whetzel, 13, lives in Bel Air with her parents, Karen and Wayne. Tina is in the eighth grade at South Hampton Middle School where she plays first base for the baseball team and plays the flute in the school band, but she still finds time to bowl in the YABA at Forest Hill lanes.
She holds an average of 140. Her career high game and set are 203 and 513, respectively.
"We need more members," Tina said. "That's the only way that this program will really work. It'll be a great program if we can get more kids interested in it."
Kristy Smith, 16, lives in Port Deposit. Her parents, Deborah and Michael, both bowl at Forest Hill Lanes where Kristy is a member of the YABA league on Saturday mornings. Kristy is in the 11th grade at Perryville High School.
Bowling for two years, she is averaging 133. She has a high game of 182, and on Nov. 14, at Forest Hill Lanes, she threw her career high set of 501. She won the Junior girls singles title in the Maryland State YABA tournament at Hagerstown last May.
Chad Kornick and Laura Raab were profiled in an earlier column when they became the first youths to sit on the CHYABA board.
The two adult advisers are dedicated amateurs committed to young bowlers.
Burkhouse, who lives in Bel Air, has been bowling since 1973 and is in leagues Tuesday and Friday at Bel Air Bowl, where for two years she's also been a youth coach. She carries a 169 average with a high game of 245 and a high set of 643.
Lehr, a Bel Air resident, bowls in the Monday, Tuesday and
Thursday leagues at Bel Air Bowl. A 20-year bowling veteran, he averages 189, has a 748 high series and owns a 300 game.
New 700 Club champion
Ken Ungerecht won his first 700 Club Tournament championship at Forest Hill Lanes on Nov. 1. His 232 game defeated Bill Ziegler's 179.
Ungerecht carries a 205 average, has a 300 game and has posted an 831 series.