Roe wins Rickels Memorial

County Lanes in Westminster was the scene for the Marc Rickels Memorial Fund Tenpin Singles Bowling Tournament. Five dollars of each entry fee was collected for the Rickels Fund.

Seventy-two entries generated $360; a cake sale added $116, and 50-50 raffles sent the total over $500.


When the last bowling ball rolled into the pit, four pins separated the top three competitors.

Jennifer Roe fired scratch games of 211, 199 and 214 and added 141 handicapped pins for the winning total of 765. That 624 three-game set was a career high for the Westminster resident.


Denny Bowers, a 194-average bowler who does his league bowling at County Lanes, had games of 216, 247 and 238 for a 702 scratch series. His handicap pins, 62, put him one short of Roe's total.

Joe Latham of Finksburg bowls in two leagues -- Tuesday and Thursday, at County Lanes -- and carries a 189 average. His tournament games of 248, 195 and 245 (a 688 series) were combined with 72 handicap pins for a total of 760.

Roe, who bowled in three leagues last season (Tuesday at Thunderhead Taneytown, Wednesday at Thunderhead Westminster and Friday at County Lanes), went into the tournament with a 167 average.

"I didn't expect to win," she said. "I haven't bowled since the winter season ended, but it was for a good cause, so I gave it a try."

Throwing a 13-pound Crush/R bowling ball, her 624 set was 56 pins higher than the 578 she shot for part of her 1991 Triple Crown award.

Latham has been bowling since 1972. He owns a 279 game and a 704 set for his career high figures.

"I was bowling in the last squad [of the tournament] and knew that I had a chance to win," he said. "And I was throwing a lot of strikes."