After a total revamping of our Wisconsin Adult-Youth Scholarship Tournament event, we are pleased to report we had a great response from bowling centers and teams from around the state. This past weekend we concluded the State Finals with 127 teams qualifying through in-center events held at 26 centers. Significant to our success was allowing any combo of youth and adult bowlers, removing the previous family relationship requirement.
Our goal was to create an event that would allow as many youth bowlers to compete for scholarship prizes, as possible. Consistent with that desire, we made the event open to non-member bowling centers. We also retooled the age divisions to include expanding the upper age limit from U17 to U20.
The State Finals Tournament was held over two weekends in April at Classic Menomonee Falls. With the $1,000 in added money from lapsed scholarships, we awarded over $3,500 in scholarships to 14 youth bowlers. Our champions for each of the three divisions were as follows:
U10 Leland Beniger & Steve DeKerf, Sr compiled 1485 pins. Beniger received a $350 scholarship. They are from Lakeshore Lanes in Sheboygan. Full results – U10 Division
U15 Brice Parchem & Dan LaManche tallied 1481, earning Parchem a $500 scholarship. Parchem & LaManche are from Thunderbird Lanes in Baraboo. Full results – U15 Division
U20 Trace Ermey & Mike Myers with a score of 1505. Youth bowler Ermey earned a $400 scholarship. The team qualified from Leisure Lanes in Monroe. Ermey also rolled the high game (279) and series (761) by all bowlers at the State Finals. Full results – U20 Division
This tournament is possible in large part due to the efforts of many. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank the great staff and volunteers of Classic Lanes Menomonee Falls.
BCAW will continue to bring scholarship opportunities to Wisconsin’s youth bowlers. Plans are already in the works for next year’s Wisconsin Adult-Youth Scholarship Tournament. Look for information when you return for the fall bowling season in September!