Cody Bourque at Brunswick Lanes in Yarmouth.
ERIC BOURQUE PHOTO
By Eric Bourque
Yarmouth’s Cody Bourque came home with yet another championship when he returned from the 2014 Atlantic Youth Bowling Council nationals.
This is four titles in a row for the 19-year-old Bourque, who had a five-game total score of 620 to win this year’s championship.
The tournament was held in Moncton the first weekend in May.
There were two competitors each from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in the Bourque’s division (senior).
Atlantic Youth Bowling is a candlepin bowling program in these two provinces.
Bourque recalls becoming interested in bowling at a young age.
“I’ve been bowling since I’ve been four,” he said. “My dad used to bowl and I used to come in and watch him and kind of got into it.”
He bowls, on average, three times a week.
Asked what has kept him in the sport for so long, he said, “There’s something about it I always liked and I just kind of stuck with it.”
Although not out of his teens yet, Bourque has competed in the men’s world championships, an event that will be held in Boston this fall.
It was at the worlds that Bourque recorded his high single-game score of 184.
“That would have been two years ago, I think,” he said. “About two years ago … It was in Halifax.”
As for the popularity of bowling among young people, he says it’s not what it used to be.
“It has its ups and downs, I guess,” he said.
As he was speaking, he was getting ready to play in a Monday night bowling league at Brunswick Lanes.
He also plays Friday nights and Saturday mornings, he said.