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The 2018 California Pepsi Youth Bowling Championships is one of the longest tournaments held with league-level qualifying competition in November and January; District Finals held in March at eight different locations over two different weekends and then those qualifiers enter the State Finals that were just held this past May. A total of 367 bowlers participated in the U8 & U10 Divisions and 1,630 participated in the U12, U15 & U20 Divisions. This is only 12 bowlers less than last year’s participation, which is great. The first place finishers in the U8 & U10 Divisions at the District Finals earned a FREE entry into the 2018 Youth State Championships to be held this July at Keystone Lanes in Norwalk and the first place finishers in the U12, U15 & U20 Divisions at the District Finals earned a $50 scholarship plus a spot into the Semi-Finals of the Diddy Watts State Singles Challenge to be held at Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria on August 11-12. Bowlers in the U8 & U10 Divisions would survive through two rounds of qualifying and three rounds of qualifying for the U12, U15 & U20 Divisions (all qualifying levels were based on scratch scores). 44 winners in the U8 & U10 Divisions will earn District Scratch Scholarships totaling $5,858 and $10,942 will be awarded in District Handicap Scholarships to 158 winners in all six divisions.
This was our second year with Down Lane Clothing in selling our custom Pepsi jerseys. They were a great hit and added just over $850 to our scholarship fund! We will be teaming up with a new company Strike 12 Creations for next year’s jerseys. We will have flyers available in the fall when the new seasons begin. You can view their stock designs now at Strike12Creations.com. The pricing is only $54.99 per jersey.
The State Finals were held at Winnetka Bowl on May 5-6. Bowlers in the U12, U15 & U20 divisions qualified to this level based on a ratio of 1:5 from District to State. We had 288 bowlers travel from across the state to attend and bowl in six game blocks. 29 of these bowlers will earn Scratch Scholarships totaling $29,060. We also ran an optional Handicap Division, in which 190 bowlers participated and we will pay out $1,740 to 19 bowlers. Six bowlers: Vaughn-Jayden Oliva-Colobong, Abby Werth, Daniel Hong, Emily Rose Iles, Michael Loera, and Joanne Alibayan earned the FREE berths into the USBC Junior Gold Finals in Dallas, TX this July. Each of our six champions will receive a travel stipend up to $400 for the Gold Finals along with their state scholarship and a custom embroidered jacket. All scholarship recipients will receive a scholarship packet and all funds will be held with USBC SMART. We will be distributing the scholarship packets at the California USBC Convention in Fresno on June 9-10 and will mail the remaining packets directly to each bowler. Full tournament results and scholarship breakdowns can be downloaded online at CalUSBC.com.
|District Finals First Place Finishers – $50 Scholarship Winners|
We are extremely thankful for our many sponsors this year. For the 18th year in a row, BowlersParadise.com and EliteBowling.com sponsored this event along with Columbia 300, Chico USBC, The Strike Shop (inside Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes), Bowlers Experience Too (inside Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl), Average Joe’s Pro Shop (inside KC Bowl), Bergers Pro Shop (inside Harley’s Valley Bowl), Revolution’s Bowling Supply (inside Victor Bowl), Apex Bowling Pro Shop (inside Chaparral Lanes), and Roofer’s Pro Shop (inside Mira Mesa Lanes). These sponsors all donated items for our fundraising raffle at the District and State Finals sites to help us raise more scholarship dollars. Thanks to Digital Team Photography for taking great Pepsi pics for District 7, 8 and at the State Finals. They are donating a portion of those sales to our scholarship fund, which is always very much appreciated. Also special THANKS to Bonaventure Butts for taking great pics for District #5.
THANKS to all of the District Directors: Robyn Hricik, Shelby Sanz, Tim Pato, June Brown, Tom Leigh, Andrea Sisk, Andre Eubanks, and Linda Stewart for their hard work in running the District Finals this year. Special thanks to David Waybright for bowling and working District #5 and recruiting his great parents, Amber and Chester to work as well!! All of the extra help is extremely appreciated! Thank you Robyn for running District #1 Pepsi. She will be stepping down this year. I appreciate all that you have done for the kids in that District! We will announce who Robyn’s replacement will be in the fall.
District Directors will be contacting centers that just participated in Pepsi in regards to hosting this event for March 2019. Thanks again to all of those that supported this event – it would not be a success without your help! Tournament packets for 2019 will be mailed to all youth programs in October and of course all information will be posted online at CalUSBC.com.