CHEYENNE – Renzie Kintzler got her first taste of bowling as a kid.
Her parents, David Drehobl Sr. and Rhonda Drehobl, were bowlers. David Drehobl Sr. coached his daughter from a young age and, at 15 while attending Cheyenne Central, Kintzler’s interest in the sport took off.
“They (asked me) what kind of sport do you want to try? Do you want to try bowling?” Kintlzer reminisced. “And I started bowling and loved it.
“I scored well, enjoyed having fun with friends and it was something I was good at it, and so I just stuck with it.”
She craved throwing a strike, watching her ball whirl 60 feet down the lane before crashing into each of the 10 pins positioned at the end of the lane.
It’s become a passion of Kintzler’s. She has developed a rhythm for perfecting her skills, and is always hungry to improve.
Kintzler has never lost that drive.
Bowling is not a sanctioned sport by the Wyoming High School Activities Association, thus the path Kintzler traveled to get to where she is now came about through competition every Saturday morning at the F.E. Warren Lanes. Then, when she was older, she competed at Two Bar Bowl.
“That’s when I got involved and they pointed us toward Colorado and different places in Wyoming where that’s where the tournaments would be,” Kintzler said. “They were individual tournaments.”
From Wyoming to Colorado to all over the country, Kintzler has competed. For eight years, Kintzler and her mom have
taken a “girls trip” to the United States Bowling
Congress Women’s Championships.
The ninth mother-daughter trip took place in May during the USBC women’s championships in Wichita, Kansas. It might have been the sweetest.
Kintzler rolled a 288 in her final game to take over the Ruby Singles (725 series) and Ruby All Events (1,824) on May 13. She finished the tournament with the Ruby Singles title and placed third in the Ruby All Events.
When someone informed Kintzler that she took over the Ruby Singles lead, she paused to process what happened. She couldn’t believe it.
“I was ecstatic,” she recalled. “A rush of energy came through me and I was just in shock and in awe, because I had no idea I was even that close.”
A tournament director came up to her to confirm she wasn’t dreaming, and that she had, in fact, taken over the Ruby All Events lead.
“At that point, I was with my teammates jumping and whooping and hollering and just living it up,” Kintzler said. “It’s like living on Cloud 9. I never knew that my scores were high enough to even be at the top. Just to have those guys come and tell you, it’s just pure heaven.”
Her path to taking over the Ruby Singles lead began perfectly. Kintzler started off with games of 224 and 213, respectively, before throwing 10 consecutive strikes to start her third game.
She was one strike away from history.
“I was doing fine until my last ball that I threw,” said Kintzler, who missed her first perfect game by one pin. “I was calm and collected, and I just happened to look down and saw myself shaking and didn’t know that I was shaking.
“Everything passed through my mind so quickly, just the thought of bowling a perfect game and in front of all these strangers, it finally hit me. I just said, ‘Throw a good ball. That’s all I ask you to do at this point. Let the ball do the magic.’”
The most magical moment for the 36-year-old right-hander was having her mom beside her the entire time. From when she picked up a bowling ball for the first time as a young girl, to competing every Saturday morning, to going on “girls’ trips,” Kintzler’s parents were always there.
“She walked up to me after I threw my last ball, and it wasn’t a strike,” Kintzler said. “She was already in tears, just so proud. She wishes I could’ve got that last one, but, like I said, it’s not in the cards.
“It’s just great to share that kind of moment. Not a lot of daughters get to actually bowl with their moms, and to be able to still do that with my mom, those are memories that will last a long time.”