Warr has a simple love for bowling
Bowling for women | 11/11/2021 18:30:00
North Carolina senior A&T bowler Pam Warr considers herself a simple girl.
She enjoys watching Netflix. She loves travelling. Mrs. Warr is also not shy about a good seafood dinner. How she fell in love with the sport of bowling was very simplistic.
This weekend, Warr and his Aggie teammates travel to Baltimore, Md., For the season opener of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), hosted by Morgan State.
But long before Warr came to Greensboro to help the fifth-ranked Aggies become one of the best college bowling programs in the country, she simply bought a controller that belonged to the famous Nintendo Wii (pronounced like the word “We” “) game console.
An equally popular game of bowling has come with the Wii Sports Pack. Warr’s father initially recognized that his daughter was quite good at the game. He also realized that her technique while mastering the game could not be overlooked. So Warr’s dad drove her to AMF Lanes in Norfolk, Va., And put her in the Youth League.
One day, Warr threw some strikes on a Wii game. Years later, she bowled for Aggies, champion of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). She strikes in the NCAA tournament, and last season almost helped the Aggies win the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) National Championship.
A year ago the Aggies were so good; they even threw a 289 in the USBC tournament before finishing second nationally.
“Everyone was connected and focused,” Warr said. “It felt like it was just us in the hallways; no one else in the other hallways mattered. It was just us doing our thing, what we do best, in our element. . ”
Warr’s rise to being a college bowler was not easy. Family can often dictate the direction, and Warr’s two older sisters were softball players.
“I thought I was supposed to play softball too. I didn’t want to do anything different,” Warr said.
But being different, pave the way for her in a way that would be well rewarded. Warr has been bowling for eleven years. She is in her fourth season with the Aggies. While in Aggieland, she played in two MEAC championship matches.
The Aggies have finished nationally in each of the last three seasons Warr has been in the program. She was part of the team. They finished with the program’s highest ranking, No.6 in the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) poll, after the 2021 season.
What brought Warr from the Wii to A&T? Well, it was simple too.
“Coach Kim,” Warr said, referring to head bowling coach A&T Kim Terrell-Kearney.
Terrell-Kearney and Warr met when Warr was in high school. Terrell-Kearney called Warr a special member of the team.
“She was reserved when she first got here but came out of her shell.” Said Terrell-Kearney. “She makes everyone feel like a part of the team by the way she speaks and leads by example.”
There can be no more exemplary example than Warr. Yet during her four years at A&T, she had to wait her turn to enter the regular rotation. Outstanding bowlers such as All-Americans Cameron Strombeck, Ana Olaya, Melanie Katen and Ericka Quesada have held the top five bowling positions in the Aggies rotation.
This season, Warr leads the Aggies in overall bowling at 2,108. She is averaging 210.8 pins per game. Warr finds inspiration in the African American melon Gazmine “GG” Mason. She also finds inspiration in another great African American bowling alley. His trainer Kim Terrell-Kearney is a member of several bowling halls of fame.
“I wish there were more black girls in the bowling alley,” Warr said. “There are a lot of college black girls that are really good, but I don’t know if they’re going to turn pro. With me, where I am now, I want to change that or help somehow. wish many of us would keep bowling and break that stereotype. ”
How Warr fell in love with bowling may have been straightforward. But she understands why it’s easy for others to walk away from the sport. Warr says it takes time and patience to be good at bowling.
“Bowling is 70% mental and 30% physical,” said Warr, a mechanical engineering graduate. “You have to have a positive mental game to be successful. Trust the process.”
It sounds simple enough, but it is not.