RUTLAND—On Nov. 18, the first annual Colenne Whalen Memorial Scholarship Tournament was held at the Rutland Bowlerama. The Youth Bowling Program was very important to Whalen. One could find her at any event that put youth and bowling together. Whatever needed to be done to make the event successful, Whalen did it. She encouraged bowlers to do their best, but not to forget to have fun while they bowled. She seemed to have endless energy supporting the young bowlers, and was their greatest advocate. Whalen hoped someday that the Youth/Adult Tournament would return to Rutland Bowlerama. Her wish was made a reality with the inception of the Colenne Whalen Memorial Scholarship Tournament.
Whalen’s daughters, Marie and Allie, rolled the first two balls to open the tournament. The turnout was tremendous. There were 34 youth/adult teams, spanning across three age divisions. Three places were awarded in each division. The trophies and prizes and pictures were provided by local businesses. All bowlers were entered in a raffle for a chance to win a ball and bag.
Many of the youth (and adults) said they would be back next year. All proceeds will benefit youth bowler scholarship opportunities. The tournament was a great success. Be a part of this great event next year.
Stop in at Rutland Bowlerama and “roll” a few games. For information call 802-773-7707.