Four emerge as winners at PCA Odenton tourney

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The Parents Coaches Association conducted its third annual Scholarship Tournament last month at Bowl America Odenton.

Youth tenpin bowlers competed in four divisions. A four-game qualifying round led to the five-bowler stepladder finals.

And the winners were: Kyle Furnas (Division I, grades 4 and up), John Shroder (Division II, grades 5-8), Mike Taylor (Division III, grades 9-12), and Kevin McCoy (Division IV, scratch all ages).

Furnas, 10, lives in Odenton and attends Waugh Chapel Elementary.

"He was averaging 123," said his father, Ben. "Now that average is in the 130s."

Furnas began bowling two years ago; he's posted a 216 for his high game.

In his bid for the Division I championship, he faced top-seeded Doug Campbell of Bowl America Odenton.

At the end of regulation play they were tied at 246.

In a two-frame roll-off, Furnas won the title with 57 to Campbell's 48.

Shroder, of Fair Lanes Dundalk was top-seeded and had to wait while fifth-seeded Michael Fisher-Hood won three matches to meet him in the championship finals.

Shroder defeated Fisher-Hood, 223-219.

Taylor, seeded fourth, had to face the challenge of winning four matches to achieve his victory.

In the semifinal match Taylor and Crystal Waters of Parkland Bowl tied in regulation. In the roll-off, Taylor held on to win, 40-38.

In the final match, Taylor won the Division III title by defeating Theresa Phillips of Fair Lanes Dundalk, 225-224.

Taylor, 16, from Baltimore, started bowling when he was 6.

Taylor, a Dulaney High junior, bowls at Fair Lanes Timonium and throws a 16-pound Purple Hammer.

Top-seeded McCoy, 20, will be a senior at UMBC next fall. McCoy, a Catonsville resident, averaged 196 in the travel league out of Fort Meade Bowl and has posted a 290 game and a 760 series.

The 205-159 victory over Fench was his second in the PCA scholarship event; he won last year's scratch tournament.

Now working at Annapolis Bowl, he had a simple explanation for his victory: "My mental game is much better now, I think that makes a big difference."

PCA summer action

For the first time the PCA will have a summer league.

The High Rollers Double league will start Friday, June 9, at 8 p.m. at Bowl America Odenton and continue for 11 weeks. The format is three games, both scratch and handicap divisions, with scholarship prizes based on 10 teams.

Cost is $8 a week with the first prize a $200 scholarship; second is $100 and third $50.

Information: (301) 621-7008.

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