The USBA Tournament Series kicked off it’s second year at Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan, Minnesota on August 27, 2016. The tournament had 39 entries and awarded $1,176 in scholarships in 4 different flight categories.
The “Flight System” is a new and exciting format that eliminates the need for average divisions or handicaps yet allows all youth ages and skill levels to participate in competitive bowling. All bowlers enter the tournament at the same level and are divided into flights of ten bowlers based on the first four games of qualifying. The final flight will have a minimum of seven bowlers and a maximum of 16 bowlers. All bowlers then bowl an additional two games to fight for positioning to make the top three spots to advance to the stepladder finals within their flight. Each flight is paid on a 40% ratio with the 4th place finisher receiving more in scholarships than the 1st place finisher in the next flight.
Bowlers also receive points based on overall positioning after the six games of qualifying. Boys and girls points are tracked separately and the top bowlers will be awarded scholarships based on total points.
The following scholarships were awarded based on finishing positions within each flight:
1st – Mictch Hanson $218
2nd – Briley Haugh $173
3rd – Jon Walter Rhines $137
4th – Riley Anfinson $109
In the first stepladder match, Mitch Hanson defeated Jon Walter Rhines 200-168. In the final match, Mitch Hanson defeated Briley Haugh 210-186.
1st – Keegan Baatz $87
2nd – Tyler Henze $69
3rd – Autumn Forrester $55
4th – Justin Prenot $43
In the first stepladder match, Tyler Henze defeated Autumn Forrester 183-181. In the final match, Keegan Baatz defeated Tyler Henze 228-209.
1st – Lynn Pierkarski $34
2nd – Korey Balbach $27
3rd – Ashley Lang $22
4th – Kyle Bauer $17
In the first stepladder match, Korey Balbach defeated Ashley Lang 213-189. In the final match, Korey Balbach and Lynn Piekarski tied with 203, forcing a 9th & 10th frame roll-off. Lynn defeated Korey 40-39
1st – Rena Bauer $15
2nd – Calvin Kruschke $13
3rd – Mara Schmitz $10
4th – Dalton Prenot $7
In the first stepladder match, Rena Bauer defeated Mara Schmitz 161-123. In the final match, Rena Bauer defeated Calvin Kruschke 168-157.