SEPTEMBER 7, 2021
Howell, New Jersey – Featuring athletes from 13 states and after 1864 games bowled across the 4 day weekend, the Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament has crowned 4 champions in the 22nd edition of the event.
This year’s event featured 262 entries over the course of the event starting on Thursday, September 2nd and wrapped up Sunday, September 5th. Bowlers competed in five game squads with their first squad making them eligible to qualify for the PBA Jr. National Championship. The field was cut into the top 16 in the U18 Boys and U18 Girls Divisions, top eight in the U15 Division and the top two in the U12 Division. In the U18 Divisions, the top two boys and top two girls that had qualified for the bracket finals off of their first squad, would be eligible to qualify for the PBA Jr. National Championship.
The weekend would feature a Baker Doubles and Eliminator event on Friday, September 3rd. The Eliminator, a low ball style competitor, would kick off each squad of the Doubles event. At the 1 PM squad, Mel Sim captured the win and at 5 PM, Emily Fogarty would come out on top. The Doubles, 6 baker games, would see CJ Qumburji and Will Anderson come out on top, shooting 1480 with their handicap for their 6 game total, earning a $360 scholarship.
The Bowl4Life Foundation, a non-profit organization by Chuck and Deborah Gardner who award scholarships to help youth bowlers further their education, donated $3,000 to be given out randomly to 15 athletes. 7 boys, 7 girls and 1 more athlete at random would each win a $200 scholarship. The following athletes would win scholarships on behalf of the foundation.
- Ariana Woodcock
- Kaitlyn Beaulieu
- Emma Fetterman
- Haley Lindley
- Melia Mitskavich
- Maribeth Baker
- Sofía Ramírez-Granick
- Eric Barski
- Gavin Brod
- Cody Bass
- Xavier Newell
- Tyler Michel
- Chris Steppat
- Randal Dunbar
- William Cunningham
Starting the U12 Division, we would have five entries in that division, with the top two advancing to Sunday for the Finals. The finals featured qualifying leader Lorenzo Sukhram and CJ Qumburji. The two would compete in a best-of-three two game total-pinfall showdown. Sukhram would come out of top 2-1 and become the 2021 U12 Champion earning a $300 scholarship.
The U15 Division would feature 39 entries with eight bowlers advancing to the two game total-wood double elimination bracket finals on Sunday. The field would be led by Jackson Veitch shooting 994 (-6) for his five game qualifying block with the cut to the finals being 906 (-4). Braden Cassidy would go undefeated in the bracket finals, defeating William Cunningham in the final match to take the U15 title earning a $1000 scholarship.
The U18 Girls Division would have 81 entries with the top 16 advancing to the double elimination bracket. The field would be led by 14 year-old Eliana Occhino, who had bowled up for an opportunity to qualify for the PBA Jr. National Championship, with a score of 1030 (+30) with the cut for the finals being 906 (-94). All 16 of the finalists were eligible to qualify for the National Championship so the two girls bowling for the title would advance. Victoria Varano would run the winners bracket, securing her spot in the finals. She would await the winner of Eliana Occhino and 15 year-old Kayla Starr, who had also bowled up for a chance to make the National Championship. Starr would defeat Occhino but Varano would outlast Starr in the finals, taking home the U18 Girls title and the $1,700 first place scholarship award.
The U18 Boys Division would feature the most entries out of any division with 136 entries. Leading the field would be Carter Street with a score of 1132 (+132) with the cut for the finals being 1023 (+23). Nine of the 16 finalists would still have a chance to qualify for the PBA Jr. National Championship going into the double-elimination bracket. Defending champion Randal Dunbar would run the winners bracket, once again, and would look to become the first bowler to win back-to-back in the same age division in event history. Dunbar would await the winner of the match between Ty Carra and Ayden Davis. Carra, who had bowled the only perfect game of the event, would advance to the championship match but fall short to Dunbar in the final match. Dunbar and Carra would advance to the National Championship, with Dunbar taking home the U18 Boys title and $2,700 first place scholarship award.
The event would give out $31,140 in scholarships across the 4 divisions this year, where scholarships were awarded to every one out of four (1:4) entries in each division.
The top two boy and girl finishers from each regional will move on to the PBA Jr. National Championship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.
On behalf of all of the volunteers and sponsors, we thank everyone for spending their weekend with us at Howell Lanes and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!
*For final standings of the event, along with high game winners and Junior Gold Qualifiers, click the link below for more information