Carole Brady, president of the Parents Coaches Association, couldn't believe the number of youngsters who turned out for PCA's tournament last month.
"The weather [snow and sub-freezing temperatures] had been so bad all week long that I was tempted to cancel it and try again some other time," she said. "But the kids and their parents showed up."
More than 100 youths crowded into Fair Lanes Dundalk to compete for more than $500 in scholarships in four divisions.
Garry Chaney of Bowl America Odenton captured the Division IV crown.
Chaney, 17, is a senior at Arundel High with plans to attend the University of Maryland next fall.
"Probably I'll major in accounting," Chaney said. He lives in Odenton and has been on the tenpin lanes since he was 8 years old. His love of tenpins stems from his parents, who are both tenpin bowlers. His mother, Sandy, carries a 158, and his father, Cecil, averages 170-plus.
How serious is Garry about his bowling?
"I know he carries five or six bowling balls whenever he goes to the center," Sandy Chaney said. "And I know that he'll travel anywhere he has to for a tournament."
Garry said, "A couple weeks ago [in February] I went up to Lancaster [Pa.] to bowl in a JBT tournament. And there are some pretty tough bowlers up there."
He placed fourth against that tough competition at the Junior Bowler Tour event.
At the scholarship tournament at Dundalk, Chaney set some new milestones in his career.
Starting slow with a 212 game, he got lined up for the next game -- a PCA all-time record as well as the highest game thrown in the tournament, a 287. That was the cornerstone for a 701 series.
The other winners (all from Dundalk) were Chris Francotti in Division I, Mike Charney in Division II and Melissa Vandergrift in Division III.
The PCA will conduct its third annual Youth Open at Bowl America Odenton on March 27. It will feature singles, doubles and team competition.
If you, as a parent or coach, would like to became a part of the PCA, election for officers will be in April 1994.
Information: Jackie Cocker at (410) 672-5582 or Brady at (410) 621-7008.
Severna Park winners
The Severna Park Women's Bowling Association tournament at Crofton Bowling Centre last month produced the following winners:
The team event was won by the "Go For It" team with a scratch pin fall of 1,962; handicap of 654 boosted the total to 2,616.
Deborah Kaylor, one of 84 entries, posted a scratch 593 series and added handicap pins of 119 for a winning total of 712 in the singles division.
Susan Johnson and Ruth Byrd teamed in the doubles event. Their handicap of 230 was added to their scratch figure of 1,066 for a total of 1,356.
The All-Events winner was Amy Dembinsky. Her scratch score was 1,441, the handicap added was 588 for a total of 2,029.
NABI will be at Annapolis Bowl Saturday and next Sunday. The first prize is a guaranteed $1,000. Information: (410) 266-0700.
Top bowlers rolling into town
The Ladies All-Star Classic, featuring the top duckpin bowlers in the nation, rolls into Fair Lanes Southwest Saturday and next Sunday. First prize is $2,000.
The qualifying Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will produce the 24 women who will bowl in four divisional matches at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
The winners from each division, plus a wild card, will meet in the stepladder finals after the completion of the divisional matches.
NABI tournament slated
The Baltimore Area Brunswick Pro Shoot Out (the National Amateur Bowlers, Inc.) will be at Crofton Bowling Centre, April 2 and 3.
For this event the first-place prize money is being boosted to $1,500.
, Information: (410) 721-2401.