Sandy Tillmann of Baltimore and Chuck King of Abingdon will be back to defend their championships in the 14th Youth Duckpin Invitational Bowling Championship that begins today (1 p.m.) at Greenway Bowl East in Baltimore.
Tillmann, 19, a student at Towson State University, and King, 21, also a student at Towson, will be among the 112 leading youth duckpinners from the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. Bowlers from the Baltimore area will compete in Division I and from Washington in Division II.
The tournament will continue in five-game segments for Division I bowlers Tuesday at Fair Lanes Westview in Catonsville at 5 p.m.; Thursday at Mount Airy Lanes at 6 p.m. and finals July 14 at Greenway Bowl East at 1 p.m.
Division II will continue Tuesday at Fair Lanes Prince George's in Hyattsville at 4 p.m., and at White Oak Lanes in Silver Spring at 4 p.m., and finish with the head-to-head competition against Division I on July 14 at Greenway Bowl East.
Michael Turner, 16, brings the highest average (142) and Buddy Nichols, 19, who lost to King in last year's final, has a 141 average among the boys. Lauree Simpson, 19, who lost to Tillmann in the girls final last year, has the highest average among the girls (132), followed by Melissa Wright, 16, of Dundalk (131).
The youngest competitors will be Carey Sczepucha of Baltimore, Robin King of Abingdon and Dawn Wilson of Baltimore, all of whom are 12.
Debbie Kuhn, who recently set three national records in the National Amateur Women's Tournament, finished 14th in the Women's All-Star Association tournament in Windsor Locks, Conn.
Kuhn knocked down 1,791 pins and earned $165.
Roy Lemerise of Columbia with 904 won Division A; Bob Inches Baltimore with 815 won Division B; and Rodney Everett of Baltimore with 778 won Division C in the Country Club Lanes Classic Tournament last weekend.
Each will receive a Hammer bowling ball.
Jim Brown of Columbia finished 24th in the recent Flint Professional Bowlers Association Seniors Open.
Brown knocked down 7866 pins in 36 games and earned $825. John Fantini of Baltimore was 33rd and won $665; Frank Pontillo of Cumberland was 37th and won $645; and Paul Busch of Dover, Del., was 35th and won $653.