McCallum's season-long improvement includes title


On Nov. 12-13, the Harford County Women's Bowling Association was in action at Bel Air Bowl with singles, doubles and team events.

The team handicap and scratch events were won by the Lane Rangers -- Ethel Burkhouse, Bonnie Kissner, Brenda Lehr, Ginny Courtney and Chele Rutherford.

Their scratch total was 2,989; the handicap figure was 3,217.

Karen Billingsley and Chris Ball teamed to win the handicap doubles with a 1,286 total.

Barbara Blevins and Rutherford pounded out 1,241 pins for the victory in the scratch doubles.

Handicap singles was won by Deidre Minor with 719.

The singles scratch crown went to Cheryl McCallum with a 656 series. She won both scratch and handicap all-events titles with XTC an 1,838 scratch figure and a 1,994 handicap score.

"I changed [bowling] balls and had some good coaching," McCallum said. "This was my first tournament win and I just couldn't believe it happened."

The North Carolina native and Aberdeen resident has been bowling since high school and this year has watched her average increase from the 170s to its current 184.

Active in three leagues -- the Tuesday Perry Point VAMC league at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Thursday Night Ladies Late and the Friday Ladies Classic at Harford Lanes -- she has a career high game of 253; her career high set, 656, was posted in the tournament.

"Eddie Davis drilled my new Rhino," she said. "And Tyrone Huff, Monyalo Webster and Andre Brown have been coaching me."

It was Brown who alerted McCallum to the lane condition just before the tournament.

"He explained how I should use the center of the lane," she said. "And told me to be sure to lift through the ball. And to slow down."

* "Oh, the ball I used in the [Merit] tournament is just an old ball that I've had since high school," said Billingsley. "It's called a Flame and I've never had a reason to buy another."

That bowling ball dates from 1968 and still packs a punch.

On Nov. 13, at Bel Air Bowl, the Flame, thrown with a little backup hook, knocked down a bunch of pins. And earned Billingsley a trip to Reno, Nev., for the Merit national tournament.

She shot games of 173, 166 and 222, each game substantially higher than her one-league-a-week average of 155. When 147 handicap pins were added to her scratch games Billingsley had a 708 total, a victory and a trip to Reno.

"I've been getting tips from Bob Cryster at Bel Air Bowl for a little while, and that seemed to make the difference in my scoring," she said.

The Abingdon resident has a game plan for the tournament: "I'll ** do the best I can and have a good time, just like I do in my league."

700 Club tournament

The Cecil-Harford 700 Club tournament, the Marty's Pro Shop Open at Bel Air Bowl, was won by Bill Barlow.

L That was the second 700 Club victory for Barlow this season.

Help fight cystic fibrosis

Next Sunday, the 17th annual Bowl U.S.A. will be conducted throughout Maryland, with all proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

You can help by bowling at Bel Air Bowl; the event is open to all bowlers. Information: (410) 771-9000.

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