Champions crowned at Bel Air Bowl

The Summer Foursome team event and the Mix or Match doubles tournament at Bel Air Bowl finished last Sunday after two months of intense competition.

The team tournament drew 105 entries, and the doubles had 261. Both events had prize money of $1,000.


Paige Green and Hersel Bowen combined to win the doubles title, and the team title went to The Lane Rangers -- Ethel Burkhouse, Brenda Lehr, Bonnie Kissner and Ginny Courtney.

Green and Bowen fired a scratch total of 1,296; with handicap, their score became 1,413.


The Lane Rangers posted 2,321 scratch and 2,696 handicap.

Steve Flowers of Baltimore had the high game, 300.

Green of Forestville is active in a single league, the Thursday Night Owls at Silver Hill Lanes. He carries a 182 average. His career high game is 287, his high set 777.

Bowen, of Clinton, also a one-league competitor, in the Thursday Men's Commercial at Clinton, carries a 197 average. He's had three 300 games, each one in a tournament, and has a career-high set of 795.

Using two old bowling balls, a Purple Angle and a Bud II, he didn't try to get fancy in the doubles event, either.

"The lanes were kind of tricky, so I just concentrated on hitting the pocket and worried about hitting up on the ball," he said. "I didn't string any strikes, a few doubles, a few triples, and made my spare shots."

The Lane Rangers have not been together long.

"The team was a spur-of-the-moment thing," Burkhouse said. "We all know each other and just decided, all of a sudden, to bowl together as a team."


Burkhouse, a Bel Air resident, bowls in two leagues -- Tuesday and Friday, at Bel Air Bowl. She carries a 168 average with her 22-pound Columbia 300. She has a career-high set of 685, a high game of 236.

Burkhouse, who posted a 476 set, said, "Just say the other

ladies took me along for the ride."

Lehr lives in Bel Air and carries a 171 average in one league, the Thursday Mixed at Bel Air Bowl.

"And I sub a lot," she said. "In the tournament I just had a good time and let the games take care of themselves."

Throwing 14-pound Sumo and Quantum bowling balls, she posted a 556 set. Kissner fired a 606 series, and Courtney rolled a 683 set.


This time it counts

Kris Courtney tossed an unsanctioned 500 set last December.

The recent Bel Air High School graduate made his latest one count.

In the Monday Rowdies league at Bel Air Bowl on Aug. 8, Courtney started with a 195 game, threw the 12 strikes for a 300 and tacked on a 185 for a 680 set.