The Young American Bowling Alliance headquarters doesn't keep county records noting the youngest bowlers to set individual records, which is too bad.
There's a great chance that 14-year-old Andy Carson, who posted a 300 game this month in the Travel League at Bel Air Bowl, is the youngest to shoot a perfect game in Harford County.
Starting with the 300, Carson added games of 188 and 191 for a 679 series. That's 20 pins higher than the 659 he posted in January when he had games of 243, 209, 205.
Carson was using a new Piranha bowling ball, fitted and drilled by Joe Bonny.
"The lanes were clean and a little dry that day," Carson said. "And that gave me a little hook at the back end."
Normally a right-handed down-and-in bowler, Carson apparently benefited from the increased power of the Piranha.
Active in the YABA Saturday morning league and the Harford County Travel League, Carson is averaging 191.
Bel Air Bowl will be closed from tomorrow through June 5. This "vacation" time is for the tenpin bowlers only; Pres and Mary Coale and staff will be very busy.
Everything in the center will be moved, cleaned or painted. The lanes will be screened and resurfaced.
This is a great time to join a summer league. It gives you a chance to bowl on just-like-new lanes. And it's in air-conditioned comfort.