Columbia's Derr shares Bowler of the Week honors


February 07, 1993|By DON VITEK

Leander Derr, a native of Hickory, N.C., lives in Columbia and bowls in the Club 55 League at Brunswick Columbia.

Retired from Equity Funding Corporation, he found retirement too confining and is a sales representative for Grempler Realty.

A late comer to tenpin bowling (he started about six years ago), he carries a 135 average with a high game of 191 and a high series of 525.

In week 16 of the season, in the Tuesday Club 55 league, Derr tied with Wallace Cook for Bowler of the Week by posting a series 88 pins over average.

"Bowling with me is a fun thing," Derr said. "It's a chance to be with friends and enjoy their company."

Derr enjoys throwing his 16-pound tenpin ball but said: "I'd like to try throwing that little [duckpin] ball."

Young bowlers of the week

Mitch Lewis, a sixth-grader at Dunloggin Middle School, started bowling in the Brunswick Normandy Saturday morning youth league last year.

"My sister, Michele, suggested to my mother [Mary Gayle Grey] that bowling would be something that the family could do together, so after I tried it I asked my mom if I could bowl in a league, and that's how I got started," he said.

He has a 77 average and a high game of 135. For week 19 he exceeded his average by 54 pins to become Division I Bowler of the Week in the YABA at Normandy.

* Jason Derr, 13, is an eighth-grader at Catonsville Middle School and bowls at Brunswick Normandy in the Saturday YABA. This is his first season, and he's throwing his 11-pound Laser bowling ball for a 126 average. His high game is 193, high series 478.

Jason bowls in Division II of the YABA, and for week 19 he posted games of 182, 142 and 123 to exceed his average by 84

pins and become Bowler of the Week.

79 pins over average

Noel Suit has been bowling since 1962 and has been "using the same bowling ball for about 20 years."

A member of the Club 55 league at Normandy, Suit said, "Bowling is one of the best types of sport, age doesn't matter, level of ability doesn't matter, everyone can play, anyone can excel."

For week 14 of the season, Suit did just that -- excel.

A 156-average bowler with a high game of 255 and set of 548, he threw a 224 as the cornerstone of a series that saw him post a three-game score that was 79 pins over average to make him Bowler of the Week.

Tournament notes

Brunswick Normandy will play host to the Senior Handicap Singles Tournament on Friday, Feb. 19. The tournament begins at noon and lunch follows the tournament. RSVP by Feb. 18. Information: (410) 465-0355.

* On Valentine's Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, Brunswick Normandy will play host to the first Law Enforcement Special Olympics tournament.

* The Greater Baltimore Bowling Association will conduct its 42nd annual tournament at Normandy on Feb. 20, 21, 27 and 28 and March 6-7.

* The Valentine's Mixed Doubles Tournament at Brunswick Columbia will run through Feb 14.

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