When the Storm Youth Championships was created one of the main goals was to give every bowler in the field a welcoming environment to learn, build friendships, and have fun on and off the lanes throughout the weekend.

The SYC Coastal Classic has always been one of the events where youth bowlers build new friendships, compete, learn and explore the beach together. The 2019 SYC Tour had a mixture of new bowling communities as well as some we’ve visited in past years to help welcome families from all across the United States! It’s fun to introduce new bowlers to the SYC Family and watch their friendships grow. Through modern technology and all of the youth bowling opportunities, these athletes can stay connected and support each other even after the event is complete.

As the calendar turned to October…

192 youth bowlers and their families packed up their bags and traveled to the SYC Coastal Classic on October 4-6. The event was held in two bowling centers, Little River Lanes in Little River, South Carolina and Planet Fun in Shallotte, North Carolina. The staff at both bowling centers helped ensure that the event ran smoothly from start to finish.

All SYC athletes competed in two rounds on two challenging lane conditions designed by KEGEL. Each round consisted of five games and the tournament is composed of five different divisions determined by gender and age (U20 Boys, U20 Girls, U15 Boys, U15 Girls, and U12). The top three bowlers in each round were presented a gold, silver, or bronze medal.

After both rounds were complete, each division was cut in half and those competitors who advanced returned to bowl five additional games on Sunday morning on a new pattern.

After the third round of competition was complete, tournament champions in each division based on their total pinfall were awarded the SYC Shield Trophy, a banner, and a gold medal. In addition, the SYC awarded $17,325 in scholarships to the youth bowlers.

This field included 17 past SYC Champions, several past Junior Gold champions, members of Junior Team USA, and other talented athletes from all over the United States. In addition, there were many bowlers competing in their first SYC and some who were competing in their very first tournament. It’s fun to watch the younger players watch the older players compete in the same field and start to learn about tournament competition.

Competing in his very first Storm Youth Championships event, Donaven Kline of New Jersey earned the title in the U12 Division. Henry Hind, of Tennessee, earned the silver overall medal and Bradyn Brogan joined both boys on the podium earning the bronze overall medal.

Victoria Varano commanded the U15 girls division, finishing 280 pins ahead of the silver medalist to claim her first SYC title. Rachel Moore earned the silver overall medal and Jenna Hedgepath earned the bronze overall medal. In the U15 boys division, Jacob Ballenger of Georgia, finished 13 pins ahead of the defending champion Brandon Bohn. Two-time SYC champion, Rylan Breese earned the bronze overall medal.

The competition in the U20 division was fierce. No stranger to competition, Jr. Team USA member, Kamerin Peters, stayed consistent through all three rounds of competition to claim her first SYC title. Lara Kurt, who bowled her new high game (279) on the long pattern earned the silver overall medal and SYC Champion, Melanie Katen, averaged 202 in the final round of competition to take home the bronze overall medal.

 

Winning a title at the Storm Youth Championships isn’t easy.

It requires you to be consistent on multiple challenging patterns sometimes at multiple centers. In three years, we only have three players who have earned five or more SYC titles. At the 2019 SYC Coastal Classic, Spencer Robarge took home his seventh SYC title. Robarge supports his fellow competitors throughout the competition and constantly works to welcome younger players to the event. Joining Robarge on the podium was overall silver medalist Ethan McDonald and overall bronze medalists Nolan Blessing.

In addition to the competition, USBC Hall of Fame member, Kelly Kulick led the SYC Players through a Fitness FUNdamentals seminar with fellow Team Storm Player Chris Via demonstrating proper techniques for simple exercises youth players could incorporate into their routines.

Every bowler who entered the tournament received a Storm Crux Prime bowling ball and had the option to have it drilled by the pro shop staff at Planet Fun or Little River Lanes. Many youth bowlers had their Crux Prime ready for the practice sessions. Two practice sessions were held on Friday afternoon and the evening concluded with the popular SYC Beach Party in Ocean Isle, NC.  The awesome staff at Planet Fun hosted a delicious BBQ for our SYC families while the bowlers met new friends, collected shells, played frisbee, corn hole and other games on a beautiful evening at the beach.

SYC Bowlers are featured in different ways throughout the weekend. The SYC bowlers were also invited to submit a name for each KEGEL oil pattern prior to the start of competition and were announced at the event. Austin Tungate chose the name for the Long Oil Pattern at Little River, Grand Strand, and Harrison Martin chose the name of the Medium Oil Pattern at Planet Fun, Riptide. SYC Bowler, Jillian Martin impressed the field by playing the National Anthem on her trumpet before the start of competition at Planet Fun on Saturday.

Our SYC Apparel partners, Logo Infusion, have created the Dan Keegan Scholarship for youth bowlers to earn scholarship to use towards their education throughout the year. The Logo Infusion Team were on site with SYC Gear and awarded two scholarships to SYC athletes based on their sportsmanship throughout the weekend. The winners were Parker Laubach and Brooklyn Gagnon.

Giving back is an important part of the SYC and bowlers come together to raise funds all weekend long for Ballard vs. the Big “C” which supports continued research in cancer treatment, specifically in head, neck and throat cancer through the sport of bowling. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Del Ballard Jr., as well as their daughter Alyssa, joined us for the event. SYC families contributed to the cause through raffles and a silent auction in addition to the $10 donation that is contributed directly to BVBC from every entry.

This tournament would not be possible without the generous donation from all of our sponsors, Storm, Roto Grip, Logo Infusion, Kegel, 3G Shoes, Ballard’s Bowling Academy and Bowlers Journal International. Families were able to learn more about all of our sponsors throughout the event. Storm and the Ballard’s Bowling Academy partnered to host a BBA Surface Maintenance Center in the player’s room so that the athletes could clean and prepare their bowling balls for competition.

Friends and family can come to cheer on their favorite youth athlete in person or virtually through the Storm Facebook Channel. Every game of the event was livestreamed on Facebook. Storm Team Members share insights about the event and youth bowlers through commentary.

Scores were updated live each game through the official scoring system of the Storm Youth Championships, BowlMetrix. For final results of all rounds of competition visit this page.

The full 2020 SYC Tour will be announced soon. The first event will take place at the South Point Bowling Plaza in February. For more information on the SYC visit the Storm SYC page at www.stormbowling.com/SYC.