Angie Brown is only 16, a junior at Francis Scott Key High School in Carroll County who bowled this week in her first Ladies Professional Bowling Tour tournament at Country Club Lanes in Middle River.
She didn't win any money, finishing 57th out of 88 bowlers.
But Brown won some respect.
With a 190 average over 18 qualifying games, Brown out-bowled six other local women to finish first among Marylanders in the Fifth Annual Hammer Eastern Open.
"It's definitely unusual to see someone that young out here," said David Schroeder, a LPBT spokesman. "We've got ladies out here who have been bowling professionally for longer than she's been alive."
So young was Brown that she needed a consent form signed by her parents to participate.
After petitioning the Carroll County School Board last summer, Angie was given special permission this September to leave school at 1 p.m. each day to study bowling.
Each afternoon, Angie bowls from 1:30 to 4:30, taking notes after each shot, noting where she threw the ball, how it reacted, noting angles and trajectories.
"She has to keep a log every day," said her mom, Sandy. "She's graded on that. Her principal has even come down to watch her bowl."
Angie bowls in three leagues, including a Wednesday night scratch league, where she holds her own against a lot of grown men bowlers.
"She beats up on a lot of the men," said County Lanes' Jim Weaver, who toured as a pro in the early 1980s. "The men don't mind losing to her, though. Even though she's only 16, they know how good she is."