The youth state tournament is in full swing and the bowlers are off to a great start.
This past weekend Austin Mefford competed in his final state tournament as a youth. He finished up his youth career in grand fashion by rolling a perfect 300 game in the singles event. Mefford finished his singles event with a 793 series. He rolled a 651 for doubles and 681 for team.
Also during the singles event on the same pair of lanes were his teammates, Zachary Weidman and Brady Colip, both of which bowl for the Purdue bowling team. Weidman rolled a 300 game at the same time as Mefford and finished with a 785. Colip scored a 279 for the game and finished with a 720. I couldn’t write a better ending to a successful youth career. All three of these young bowlers will join the ranks of the adult bowling world next season. If this is any indication, they will make the adjustment with ease.
This group of talented young men had bowled the team event the day before and took over the lead by shooting a 2,838. This put them in first place over second by 102 pins.
The Masters and Queens qualifying also takes place simultaneously with the state tournament. This and the state tournament will run until the weekend of May 3 and 4. The Masters and Queens take the top 16 qualifiers in each of the boys and girls divisions. As of Thursday, local bowler Brady Colip is the No. 3 qualifier for the boys and Emily Young is No. 9 qualifier for the girls.
Both Colip and Young were on the Masters and Queens team last year and were successful in beating the Kentucky team in a tourney hosted in Indianapolis. This year the team will be travelling to Kentucky per the rotating schedule.
Next weekend, April 5 and 6, will be the first annual Boom Apparel Club Championships held at All Star Bowl in Indianapolis. This is a brand new concept for collegiate bowling. An invitation only event for colleges that do not offer scholarships, it is loosely based on sports that have a conference tournament. The top 24 club teams for men and women based on Collegebowling.com rankings will compete.