Abingdon's Courtney has triple-trophy tournament at Elk Lanes

BOWLING

January 09, 1994|By DON VITEK

Kris Courtney, 17, of Abingdon, took home three trophies from the recent Cecil-Harford Young America Bowler Alliance 17th annual championship tournament at Elk Lanes.

Bowling in Division A Doubles with his partner, Willie Heidel, he fired games of 236, 224 and 257 for a 717 series to post the house record at Elk Lanes for a youth bowler.

Son of Ginny and Ralph Courtney Sr., the Bel Air High senior is averaging 202 in the Bel Air Bowl Saturday YABA league. The 717 is still one pin short of his career high series; his high game is 268.

Last month in a Bel Air Bowl practice session, he hammered out a 300 game and 804 series.

"I know that a practice game and set is not the same as league or tournament play but it felt great to do it anyway," he said. "Now all I have to do is duplicate the scores in competition."

Heidel of Bel Air bowls in the same Saturday league with Courtney and attends the same high school.

"Just after our teams met in league play Kris and I were in gym class together and he asked me to be his doubles partner in the tournament," Heidel said. "It really worked out great."

Heidel, son of Carol and William Heidel, is 15 and in the 10th grade. He carries a 157 average with a high game of 245 and a high set of 580-plus.

"This was just the second tournament I've ever bowled in," he said. "I didn't really think about winning it until Kris and I started to bowl pretty good."

Good enough to post a 1,220 scratch total and a handicap total of 1,338 for the three games.

Courtney teamed up with Andy Reanrungroch in the same Division A event to take second place with scores of 1,148 scratch and 1,242 handicapped.

Courtney added a third trophy when his 717 scratch three-game total was high for the tournament.

The Division B winner, Jeff Rose, 16, lives in Bel Air with his parents, Charles and Sue Rose, and attends the 10th grade at Bel Air High.

He had games of 189, 169 and 157 for a scratch three-game set of 515. His handicapped total was 663.

"I've bowled off and on for five or six years," he said. "And the only thing I was doing different in the tournament was throwing the ball out a little more."

Seniors help the needy

The senior leagues at Fair Lanes Edgewood -- the Golden Swingers and Golden Agers -- provided food baskets for the needy over the holidays. Food was distributed to five families and a single person.

Bill Wolferman suggested that a collection be taken to buy shoes for needy children.

With assistance by Helen Herrin, money was collected from the two leagues, some other league bowlers and employees of Edgewood lanes.

With the $440 collected plus five $10 certificates donated by Payless Shoes of Bel Air and another certificate for $15 from Fayva shoe store in Edgewood, the seniors were able to distribute 50 certificates for shoes to needy children.

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