Everything falls into place for pair at Valentine tourney


February 28, 1993|By DON VITEK

Judy Kessler and Tim Prevatt are friends, teammates and doubles partners.

As a doubles entry in the Brunswick Normandy bowling center's Valentine's Mixed Doubles Tournament they posted a 1,401 (with handicap) to edge Barbie Bryant and Chris Holden, who shot 1,384, and capture first place and a $100 prize.

Kessler, of Ellicott City, comes from a bowling family.

"Everyone in my family bowls," she said. "My dad, my sisters, my kids, everybody, so it was natural that I talked Tim into bowling, too."

Prevatt started bowling last year; now he bowls in three leagues, the Friday Original Weekenders with Kessler and on Wednesday and Thursday -- all at Normandy. Using a Black Hammer, Prevatt has a 168 average.

Kessler, a 167-average bowler, has a high game of 250 and in the tournament threw her career set, 597.

"I was using a new ball, a Red Pearl from Hammer that Chuck Ludwig of County Lanes in Westminster drilled for me," Kessler said. "Except for the new ball, I wasn't doing anything different in the tournament. Everything just fell into place."

Honing in on 600

Everything is falling into place for Bill Little Jr. of Columbia. A freshman at Howard High, the 14-year-old started bowling when he was 3. He carries a 183 average in the Saturday youth league at Columbia.

Just a few weeks ago that average was lower.

"He's thrown three 600 sets in a row," his father, Bill Little Sr., said. "He's been bowling great recently."

Bill Jr.'s high game is a 250 and 654 is his high set. He also has shot a 602 and 634.

"I'm just having a good year," he said.

Bowlers of the Week

Larry Lee of Columbia bowls in the Club 55 leagues at Columbia and Normandy. After he retired from teaching in the Washington public school system, Lee took up tenpins.

The 158-average bowler, who throws a 12-pound ball, consistently hit the pocket for a career-high 611 series at Normandy to become Bowler of the Week.

Kitty Magwood and Joe Harris, bowling in the Club 55 at Columbia, were bowlers of the week for weeks 21 and 22, respectively.

Magwood, a Columbia resident, began bowling when she retired from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare a few years ago.

With a 129 average, Magwood has a career high set of 400-plus and a 197 high game. She posted scores that were 73 pins over average to become Bowler of the Week.

"I love the game," she said.

Harris expresses his love of bowling a little stronger: "If it wasn't for bowling, I'd be crawling up the wall."

The retired C&P Telephone dispatcher started bowling two years ago, after a 30-year layoff. He's active in the Friday Sociables at Fair Lanes Laurel and the Tuesday Club 55 at Columbia.

The Laurel resident carries a 152 average and he became Bowler of the Week when he posted his career high game of 224.

Learn how to bowl

Brunswick Columbia is offering a Holiday Learn to Bowl special from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14. Each day kids receive 1 1/2 hours of bowling, coaching, 10 free game passes and a new ball.

For information, call (410) 381-7750.

Brunswick Normandy will have a Junior Learn to Bowl Easter event on April 13 and 14, which features 1 1/2 hours of bowling with videos and on-lane coaching, five free game passes and a new ball.

For information, call (410) 465-0355.

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