The Mount Airy Bowling Lanes will begin a double handicap bowling league on Mondays beginning Jan. 7, and also will start a second 16-week regular bowling league after the holidays, said owners Tammy Casstevens and her son, Darrin Casstevens.
The first, a handicap doubles league, is one in which two-person teams bowl against each other to compete for prizes and money, said Tammy Casstevens.
In all league play, Tammy Casstevens said players must be registered with the USBC and the fee is $17.
The double handicap league will last 16 weeks and the meeting date for the league will be Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Mount Airy Bowling Lanes. The teams may be same or mixed gender, Casstevens said.
“The handicaps are based off of 90 percent of 220,” said Casstevens . Darrin Casstevens, Tammy’s son, is also co-owner and also said another 16 week general bowling league would be starting up after the holidays. For more information on the league and how it works, he said that those interested should call 786-5119 or come by Mount Airy Lanes.
Tammy Casstevens said, “Anyone can bowl in league from ages, 18 to 100, or as long as they can still move.” The owner said that there is prize money in league play but those playing must be 18 years of age.
Darrin Casstevens bowled his first perfect 300 game at age 15 and last week bowled two perfect 300 games, said Tammy Casstevens.
The owner characterized bowling as a sport in which there is opportunity for sports scholarships for those who take it serious. Especially, she said, for kids who start bowling at younger ages.
Casstevens said, “Bowling is also as a sport that any one of any age can enjoy” and many do so at the lanes, she said.
“When you play on a league, it is more about the people, we laugh and carry on, and if we are bowling good fine, and if we are not, fine, it is not the end of the world,” she said.
Tammy and Darrin said they are enthusiastic about working with beginners or anyone who has the desire to learn to bowl. Tammy Casstevens said that one need not have lots of experience to sign up for league play but can be a beginner.
“We will work with beginners,” she said.
The Casstevenses hosted the Special Olympics bowling teams for 11 practices at the Mount Airy Bowling Lanes last season and bowler Robert Grene III said the lanes in Mount Airy is where he trained before the Greensboro competition.
Grenes’ team, the Surry Wolfpackers, won first place in tournament competition in Greensboro, he said, Grene was practicing Monday for league competition being held tonight at the lane. Grene said in league play, he bowls for the Tarheels team.
Grene said, “I love bowling and it is the most fantastic thing that I do.” Grene did add, “I also love basketball.”
Grene said he practices as much as possible and also some with Grandpa Jake Grene on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Tammy Casstevens emphasized how bowling is a family sport and can be a sport for everybody. She said, the lanes supply children ages 4 and up with bumpers and guard rails. Casstevens said that her son Darrin began bowling at 2 years of age.
Casstevens said that league players should really try to invest in their own shoes and bowling ball if they are serious about improving their play.
“Having your own shoes and bowling ball can improve your game 100 percent,” she said.
For more information on league bowling or the sport of bowling or scholarship information, Casstevens said to review the www.USBC.com website.
Bowling League play is held Tuesday through Friday at Mount Airy Bowling Lanes, said Darrin Casstevens.