Youths learn skills for life in Alliance leagues
The Young America Bowling Alliance leagues at Brunswick Normandy are drawing to a close for the fall/winter season. The young bowlers, both Division I and Division II, continue to post impressive scores.
The youth leagues at Normandy are divided into four groups: Bantams (8 years and under), Preps (9-11), Junior Varsity (12-14) and Varsity (15-21).
The young bowlers are coached, not only in the actual skills of tenpin bowling, but in deportment, lane courtesy and good sportsmanship.
* Jason Harris of Woodlawn, the son of Gertrude Wilson, is one of the Division I bowlers. He is in the fifth grade at the Academy of Purpose and Potential.
Jason, 10, has been bowling since he was 6. Throwing a 10-pound bowling ball, he carries a 127 average in the Normandy Saturday morning YABA. He's posted a high game of 187.
On Week 29 of the season he posted games of 159, 159 and 126 for a 444 series. That was good enough for Bowler of the Week honors.
"I wasn't doing anything special," he said. "I just had a good day."
* Kathleen Furlow of Ellicott City had her 14th birthday on Friday and has raised her average from the low 90s to its current 109 in two years.
The daughter of Emily and Michael Furlow, Kathleen placed fifth in the Tournament of Champions, Division II, at Normandy last year in her first year of organized bowling.
Kathleen, an eighth-grader at Patapsco Middle, also finds time to play second base and catch for a Howard recreational team and play volleyball at Patapsco Middle. Those sports don't seem to curtail her improvement on the tenpin lanes.
On Week 29 of the YABA season at Normandy lanes, Kathleen posted games that were 83 pins over average to make her Bowler of the Week.
"I took lessons," she said. "They have classes at Normandy and they made a big difference in my bowling. I recommend it for everybody."
* Mike Hay, 9, is a three-year veteran of tenpin bowling. Living in Ellicott City with his mother, Carol Hay, Mike attends the third grade at Waverly Elementary.
In Week 30 of the YABA season, Mike, averaging 100 with a high game of 165 and a high series of 368, pounded out scores that were 66 pins over average.
That made him Division I Bowler of the Week.
NABI tournament coming
The National Amateur Bowlers, Inc. will be bowling at Brunswick Columbia on Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13, with a guaranteed first-place prize of $1,000.
There's an added attraction for this event: bowl in the first squad Saturday and be eligible to win one of three free paid entries in the Baltimore/Washington Firecracker Open, which has a guaranteed minimum prize list of $7,500.
New leagues forming
Brunswick Columbia will start the EnterTRAINment league next month. It's a 12-week season starting June 6. The meeting will take place at 4 p.m., and bowling will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone wins, because everyone goes on a 3 1/2 -hour train ride with open bar, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dancing, a DJ and a buffet.
* Brunswick Normandy will have a Pro Shoppers league starting June 11 at 7 p.m.
It's a 12-week season that provides the chance to acquire bowling balls, shoes and bags.