It started as a simple childhood request and evolved into more than a dozen city titles.
“I came home from school one day and told my parents I wanted to go bowling,” Audrey Renner said. “Next thing I knew I was in a Saturday morning league.”
Fast forward a little more than a decade and the now 17-year-old has tallied two more city titles as Renner won both the major girls handicap and scratch singles championships with a 741 and 677, respectively, at the Greater Dayton United States Bowling Congress Youth Singles Tournament at Bowl 10 Fairborn. It marked the first city singles title for the Fairborn bowler who has earned seven doubles and five team city titles.
Renner’s bowling resume continues to grow as she has landed on the youth all-city team four times and was the Greater Western Ohio Conference South Bowler of the Year in 2017. She also has a 300 game to her credit.
Beyond titles and high scores, Audrey was also a trendsetter in the Renner household as her love of the game rubbed off on her older sister and parents. Big sister Sydney, 22, now bowls at Northern Kentucky University and recently placed third at both the Angie Kreitzer Memorial Queens Tournament and the Raider Classic.
“She got sick of watching me and started bowling herself,” Audrey said.
Audrey Renner isn’t one to rest on her laurels, especially not with the high school season getting underway in a week. The Fairborn senior has high hopes for the Skyhawks and state aspirations for herself.
“Two years ago, I missed the cut by 10 pins,” she said. “It’s my last year, so I’d love to make it to state.”
The Fairborn four-year varsity bowler has an added incentive to make a state trip – family bragging rights.
“My sister made it her senior year,” she said.
Back-to-back: Holleigh Hagens finished on top for the second consecutive year as the 11-year-old won the prep girls handicap (703) and scratch (496) city titles. Hagens won the prep girls handicap title last season and finished second in the scratch division.
First time champ: While several young bowlers were repeat champions this year, 8-year-old Jayce Dill earned his first city title. The third grader – who has a 165 high game to his credit – won the bantam scratch title with 395. The straight-A student was second in the bantam handicap division to Cody Polen.
GDUSBC Youth City Singles Champions
Handicap: Cody Polen, 743
Scratch: Jayce Dill, 395
Prep (9-12 years old)
Girls handicap/scratch: Holleigh Hagens, 703/496
Boys handicap/scratch: Cohl Moore, 750/594
Junior (13-16 years old)
Girls handicap: Mikaili Truman, 772
Girls scratch: Paige Rockwell, 633
Boys handicap: Zach Belegrin, 725
Boys scratch: Brent Shroyer, 711
Major (17-20 years old)
Girls handicap/scratch: Audrey Renner, 741/677
Boys handicap/scratch: William Shelton, 764/721