Concentration brings results on tour for Harwood's Vermillion

BOWLING

August 20, 1993|By DON VITEK

Theresa Vermillion of Harwood, who is dominating the Women's National Duckpin Association 1993 tour, credits concentration for her success.

With two victories in four events and a 144 average over that span, Vermillion is on a roll.

"It's just concentration," she said. "I'm still using the same old duckpin balls that my dad [Buddy Vermillion] gave me years ago."

Those duckpin balls weight 3 pounds, 10 ounces and are 4 7/8 inches in diameter, and she has no intention of ever getting another set.

They've posted some impressive numbers: No. 1 Baltimore area-ranked female duckpinner two year in a row (1990 and 1991 and a shot at doing it again in 1993); Rookie of the Year in 1984 for the WNDA; holder of the Severna Park Lanes house record for three games, 528 (her career high set is 542, her high game 213); world record for four games mixed doubles (1,325) with Ron Johnson; 1990-91 ranked second in the nation.

Her latest victory came in the WNDA event at Southside Lanes in Hagerstown on Aug. 7-8. Seeded third for the stepladder finals she defeated Sue Burucker of Baltimore, 140-106, and fired another 140 against Carroll County's Patty Palmer, who scored 114.

In the finals, Vermillion threw a strong 154 game to defeat Sue Hannan of Rhode Island, who had posted, in match play, a 843 for five games (that total was just 27 pins below Diane Jasper's world record 870). Against Vermillion, she rolled a 119.

"This was the same center where I won my first WNDA title in 1991," Vermillion said, "Seems like I always bowl well here."

LThe victory was worth $1,200; Hannan received $600 for second.

When the tournament season started on Memorial Day Weekend at Greenway Bowl East, Vermillion came out of the gate, firing strikes, tocapture that event.

With her second victory behind her, she has two events to face. On Sept. 4-5, the women will compete at Hearthside Lanes in Rhode Island. For the final tournament of the season, the Grand Prix, they will bowl at Fair Lanes Westview on Nov. 6 and move to Fair Lanes Pikesville on Nov. 7 for the televised stepladder finals.

The Women's National Duckpin Association is in its 11th season providing top-notch competition.

Kathy Williams, a Bel Air resident, is president of WNDA and one of the top bowlers in the country. Janet Hunt of Glen Burnie is the events director for the tour.

Current membership is 88, drawn from every state, wherever there are duckpin lanes. Membership is open to women with an average of 110 or better. Registration fee is $60, and the entry fee for the six tournaments is $60 for each stop.

Prize money for first place is at least $1,000, usually it's $1,200.

If you're interested in joining the association, call Hunt at (410) 761-8852.

Cameron competes

Kendra Cameron of Gambrills finished 19th in the Women's All Star Association at the 20th annual BRC-Brunswick Edison Bowl Open at Brunswick Edison Bowl, Edison, N.J., on Aug. 8.

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