For Kendyll Dellinger, bowling is a family affair.The eighteen-year-old Matthews resident has been bowling since the age of three, taking part in her familys favorite activity and conquering bowling tournaments across the nation.And their support, she said, is the reason why she received a bowling scholarship at Vanderbilt University. Dellinger, who recently graduated from Porter Ridge High School, will join Vanderbilts bowling team in the fall. In 2007, the team won the national bowling championship.Its always nice to win a tournament and turn around and see my parents smiling, Dellinger said, adding that she was overjoyed when she found out she got the scholarship. To bowl for a team like that, was just mind-blowing and to have that happen was unreal.Dellinger was contacted by the teams head coach, who invited her to go on a campus tour.She then received more than $60,000 in financial aid and grants. It still seems surreal sometimes, she said.Dellingers father introduced her family to bowling when they were all young. Sharing a love for bowling became a way for Dellinger and her two brothers to bond, she said. Her brothers, Chip, 21, and Chad, 19, both work at the bowling alley where she practices five days a week. Her father, Chuck, coordinates the Ridenour Youth Bowling league that Dellinger participates in.Dellinger will compete next month in the Jr. Gold Nationals bowling tournament for the fourth time. She said this year shes aiming high - she hopes to make the top 64 bowlers in her age bracket. She said the hardest part of bowling is keeping a strong outlook because playing 16-18 games a day in a tournament is wearing. Although thats physically strenuous, mentally its difficult because you have to pace yourself, she said. When she attends Vanderbilt, Dellinger said she plans to major in engineering and join the ROTC program. During her senior year at Porter Ridge High School, she was commander of the ROTC program. Dellinger said that although she enjoys the competitiveness of the sport, her favorite part is the friendships it has given her. Its different from school where you have the competitiveness, but with bowling everyone wants you to do well.
Friday, Jun. 28, 2013
Charlotte bowling star can thank her family
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