James Hammen doesn't know where he'll attend college but he has a $2,000 scholarship when he makes his decision. And he has plenty of time to make that decision -- 16 years to be exact.
James and his father, Timothy Hammen Sr., had a handicapped total pin fall of 1,875 to win the first Duckpin Proprietors of America Youth Adult Doubles League National Finals at Fontana Lanes in Silver Spring on July 18. James won the $2,000 scholarship; his father had to settle for the trophy.
James and Timothy Jr. [James' twin] live in Glen Burnie with their father and bowl at Greenway Bowl.
James is 9 years old and has until he's 25 to claim his scholarship.
James and his father bowled in the Sunday Youth/Adult league and earned a berth in the finals at Fontana Lanes. James is averaging 85 in league competition, his father is holding a 117-average. Timothy Jr. carries a 74 average.
"Bowling in the youth/adult league was just a great way to spend time with my sons," Timothy Sr. said.
On the morning of July 18, James had games of 89, 84 and 82 for a 255 set. Timothy rolled games of 151, 147 and 111 for a 409 series. Later, James fired a 279 set (82, 109
and 88). His father came back with a 404 set (127, 136 and 141).
* The mission of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is to represent and promote the business interests of its members and to foster the welfare of members and citizens of the area.
What does that have to do with bowling?
One of WAACC's goals for 1993 is to increase membership. Last year, the WAACC used the Washington Capitals hockey team to promote its membership drive. This year, they are using bowling.
Harry Thursby, manager of Greenway Bowl in Odenton, offered the use of the center to Marcia Hall (executive director of the WAACC), Charles Mosca (membership development chairperson) and Bob Penick (associate publisher of The Sun for Anne Arundel County) to lure members and perspective members.
Members and prospective members will have a chance to "Beat the Pro" on Aug. 18. The pro will be yours truly, Don Vitek.
Those who beat the "pro" will receive 10 lottery tickets. Anyone who throws a strike will get one ticket.
* Riviera Bowl in Pasadena has a Dream League starting in September on Thursday nights. Call Glenna or Walt at 410) 255-3550.