Tournament adds to scholarship kitty


August 08, 1993|By DON VITEK

The Cecil-Harford Young American Bowling Alliance decided to do something to put the fun back into in the game, and it found a way to raise money for the association's scholarship fund at the same time.

Bonnie Kissner, secretary and treasurer of the alliance, created the format for the event at Forest Hill Lanes.

"Our first annual Snakebite Tournament was a fun tournament where a nine count on the first ball equaled a strike and a split also equaled a strike," she said.

"The tournament was held to benefit the scholarship fund, promote the sport and allow our adults and youth to bowl together as a team. Each team donated $2 to the scholarship fund."

Derrick Smith and his mother, Donna, took first place with a total of 1,716 pins. Patti Eller and her dad, Jerry, were runners-up with a 1,675 pinfall.

Matt Trencanelli and Ethel Burkhouse were third with 1,634 total pins.

High scratch series went to young Dave Harkins, a fine 678 set; the adult high scratch series was posted by Pat Schissler with 810.

The youth high scratch game was 275 posted by Patti Eller and the adult bowler with the high scratch game was Pat Schissler with 300.

The first three places were awarded trophies but because of donations by local businesses every participant took home a gift.

Derrick Smith, half of the first-place team, is 10 and will attend the fifth grade at Bel Air Elementary School this fall.

He has a 113 average with a high game of 181 and high series of 181.

His mother, Donna, is currently averaging 179; her high game is 278, high set 657.

Patti Eller, 16, will be a senior at C. Milton Wright High School next month; she carries a 147 average. Her high game and set are 199 and 527, respectively.

"I just bowled pretty good," she said, "because the nine counts and the splits counted as strikes. That's probably the only way that I'll ever throw a 275 game."

The next tournament to benefit the scholarship fund will be the Valentine Scotch Doubles for adults on Feb. 12-13 at Bel Air Bowl.

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