September 9, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jill Laufer
PBA Public Relations
On the Web: PBA.com
20 youth bowlers, top 4 from each regional qualifier to advance to PBA Jr. National Championship
New York, NY – Over 500 of the best youth bowlers, ages seven to 17, from around the country took to the lanes to begin their journey to become the first ever PBA Jr. National Champion.
The fierce competition kicked off on September 4th with the regional portion of the inaugural event split into four qualifying tournaments at Bowlero locations across the country. Each regional had the same format – two squads of six-game qualifying rounds followed by two semi-final qualifying games for the top 50 percent of players. After eight qualifying games, the top 20 players advanced to match play for six final games.
The long-running Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament (PB3) served as an additional qualifier for the East Region. The top two boys and girls in the PB3 event automatically secured a spot in the PBA Jr. National Championship.
The youth bowlers brought their A-game, including three perfect 300-games, but only the top two boys and girls secured spots to advance to the National Championship.
Midwest Region – Bowlero Wauwatosa
1. Nate Purches, Marlborough, Mass. 3,077
2. Blake Martin, Oakdale, Minn., 3,017
1. Jillian Martin, Stow, Ohio, 2,705
2. Hailey Triske, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,643
South Region – Bowlero Marietta
1. James Bennett, Huntingtown, Md, 2,920
2. Joshua Collins, Fortson, Ga., 2,831
1. Annalise O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,860
2. Aliyah Alleyne, Sanford, N.C., 2,614
Southwest Region – Bowlero Euless
1. Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Miss., 3,045
2. Julian Michael Salinas, Richmond, Texas, 2,858
1. Lara Kurt, Leland, N.C., 2,626
2. Jaelle Hamman, Jarrell, Texas, 2,548
West Region – Bowlero Christown
1. Hunter Mayes, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 2,982
2. Zach Greim, Poway, California, 2,895
1. Katelyn Abigania, San Diego, Cali., 2,649
2. Emily Cheesman, Hemet, Cali., 2,388
East Region – Howell Lanes
1. Randal Dubar, Milford, Mass.
2. Parker Laubach, Bethlehem, Pa.
- Paige Peters, Toms River, N.J.
- Victoria Varano, Stony Point, N.Y.
300 games: Julian Salinas, Nolan Blessing, Cincinnati, Ohio; Silas Lira, Tampa, Fla.
Each regional tournament guaranteed a first place $2,000 SMART Scholarship. SMART scholarships were also awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division.
The top two boy and girl finishers from each regional will move on to the National Championship to compete for a $7,500 SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.
The PBA is committed to advancing the sport of bowling at every level and the PBA Jr. National Championship is one of many opportunities for youth bowlers to enjoy when they join PBA Jr., a new club exclusively for ages 17 and under, set to launch mid-September.
For additional information and to learn more about the PBA Jr. Club, visit pba.com/junior.
With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.