Twelve teenage bowlers, including defending High School Boys champion Zack Hattori of Las Vegas, have earned trips to the final rounds of the 14th annual Teen Masters bowling championships presented by Ebonite International at Laurel Lanes in Maple Shade, NJ.
Four boys and four girls in the High School divisions, along with two boys and two girls in the Under 14 divisions, will compete in “best-of-two-game” elimination matches on specially-constructed lanes in Vanderbilt Hall inside New York City’s Grand Central Station starting today.
At stake for the Teen Masters grand championship winner is a four-year “full ride” scholarship package worth $64,000. Xtra Frame, PBA.com’s online video streaming service is providing live coverage of all elimination matches from Grand Central Station today.
In the High School Boys Division, A.J. Johnson of Oswego, IL, and Ryan Ventillo of New City, NY, earned automatic berths in the semifinal round after finishing first and second, respectively, at the end of 18 games of qualifying. Johnson had a score of 3773, which put him 133 pins ahead of Ventillo.
Elise Bolton of Merritt Island, FL, and Gabriella Mayfield of Lake Isabella, CA, earned the High School Girls semifinal berths with 3553 and 3505 totals, respectively.
Under 14 qualifying leaders Wesley Low Jr. (3682) and Ashley Dunn (3297), both from Palmdale, CA, earned trips into their respective divisions’ championship matches.
Today at Grand Central Station, the four remaining High School division girls will bowl “best-of-two-game” matches, followed by two High School division boys’ matches. The winners will advance to Thursday’s championship matches.
In the “best-of-two-game” format, one player must win both games to win the match outright. If the players split the two games, the match will be decided in a one-ball sudden-death rolloff.
Thursday’s final round will feature the Under 14 Girls Championship at noon, Under 14 Boys Championship at 1 p.m., High School Girls Championship at 4 p.m. and High School Boys Championship at 5 p.m. (all times Eastern). All matches will be best-of-two-games.
At 7 p.m., the High School Girls and High School Boys champions will meet in the Grand Championship match for the $64,000 scholarship package.
In addition to Ebonite International, the Teen Masters is being sponsored by Dexter Shoes and Kegel Training Center.