Bowl America Odenton played host to the Parents-Coaches Association's first Scholarship Tournament on May 9, and youth bowlers from 12 centers competed for $1,000 in scholarship prizes.
The tournament had two divisions: Division I for grades 5-8 and Division II for grades 9-12. The format was six games across 12 lanes.
Kristal Brady took the Division I first-place $250 scholarship prize, and David Williams captured the $250 Division II scholarship.
Kristal's victory was a cliffhanger. The first six games resulted in a tie with Chris Lee from Bowl America Silver Hill.
In the tie-breaking seventh game, Kristal pounded out a 222 game for a 21-pin victory.
Lee took home the second-place $150 scholarship; third place and the $100 scholarship award went to Johnny Smischowski of Bowl America Odenton.
Williams dropped 1,356 pins to finish first in Division II. Maurice Brown and LaTanya Harper, both from Bowl America Silver Hill, took second and third place, respectively.
Kristal, 11, a sixth-grader at Arundel Middle School, lives in Odenton with her parents, Carole and Thomas Brady. Bowling since she was 6, she is active with soccer, lacrosse and basketball but still finds the time to carry a 112 average in the Saturday morning YABA league at Bowl America Odenton. She has a career high game of 198 and a high series of 497.
Her path to victory was, according to Brady, simple: "Mrs. Daff [coach Pat] told me what to do and then I tried to do it."
Williams, 17, just graduated from Friendly High School. In the fall he will attend Prince George's Community College. The son of Richard and Jenny Williams, the Fort Washington resident was started on his bowling career by his grandmother when he was in grade school.
Now he carries a 175 average and has a career high game of 277, a high set of 640.
Regarding his victory in the tournament, Williams said, "I found my mark [on the lanes] and kept hitting it. The pins were just falling my way."