Thunderhead honors Kenyon, Dixon


April 04, 1993|By DON VITEK

Butch Kenyon and Sonny Dixon are the tenpin and duckpin Bowlers of the Month for March, respectively, at Thunderhead Westminster bowling center.

Kenyon started bowling when he was 13, and the left-handed Hampstead resident never lost his love for the tenpin game.

For five years he was employed by Thunderhead Westminster. Today he bowls in four leagues: Tuesday in the Dirty Dozen league at Westminster, Wednesday late and Friday early at Westminster, and on Thursday he drives to Taneytown for the fourth league.

After Kenyon broke his sliding leg, his average took a tumble. Now with steel plates inserted in the leg, he's back on the lanes and averaging 168. His career-high game is 298, and his career-high series is 711.

The 298 game was thrown with a Blue Hammer bowling ball; now he throw a 16-pound Cobra. It was the Cobra that he used in the Bowler of the Month Tournament to pound out a set that was 102 over his average to capture first place.

"There's probably no other bowling center like Thunderhead," Kenyon said. "Even Dick Stallings [who finished second behind Kenyon in the tournament] was rooting for me. The support from the bowlers is fantastic."

Dixon lives in Westminster and bowls in two duckpin leagues. It's not unusual to find him at Hampstead Bowling Center on Thursday mornings bowling in the Colorama event as well.

"I just love to bowl," Dixon said. "Sometimes my arm hurts [a

touch of arthritis], but never enough to stop me bowling."

Bowling in league competition since 1985, Dixon carries a 124 average in the Sunday Night Mixed and the Monday Morning Mixed leagues at Westminster.

Owner of a high game of 210 and a high series of 457, Dixon finished 17th in a national mixed-doubles tournament last year.

On March 21, in the Westminster Thunderhead Lanes Bowler of theMonth tournament, he put together games of 159, 152 and 116 for a fine 427. That was good enough to claim the title of Bowler of the Month.

Bowling big for the company

Tom Wilson bowls in a single league, on Wednesday night, at Mount Airy Lanes.

"I've been bowling duckpins, off and on, for 15 years," the Frederick resident said.

An employee of C. L. Home Improvements, he was bowling on the company-sponsored team at Mount Airy on March 10 when he started pounding the pins.

When the night was over, he was the owner of a 220 game and a 484 series, both career highs for him.

Never too old for a big score

Dick Fogle, 69, has been bowling duckpins for more than 50 years.

"A few years ago I carried over 130," the Woodbine resident said, "but that's dropped to 128 now. It gets a little harder when you get a little older."

Already the owner of a 505 series, on March 19, at Mount Airy Lanes, Fogle fired a career-high 209 game.

"The game was fine," Fogle said, "But what makes bowling really great is the people who bowl. The crowd at Mount Airy are just good people."

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