BRYANT CAPTURES FIRST TITLE AND DAVIS GRABS HER 9TH IN GRAND BLANC

Taylor DavisTaylor Davis Jordan BryantJordan Bryant Samantha TimmSamantha Timm David ShaburgDavid Shaburg

The Michigan Junior Masters Association rolled into its annual stop in Grand Blanc at the friendly confines of Galaxy Lanes. The 45 foot pattern had some bowlers questioning their judgement but at the end of the day, the participants ended up setting a new high for the field qualifying average with a 185+ for the 77 bowlers.

The U20 Girls saw a good scoring field as four ladies averaged over 200 for the six‐game qualifying round. Imari Blond (Flint, MI) led the way with a very good 1354 score followed by Hannah Ploof (Flint, MI) at 1263, Allison Morris (Ypsilanti, MI) at 1254 and Taylor Davis (Burton, MI) at 1203. They were the top four qualifiers going into the two game, total pins bracket round but things changed quickly in round one.

Ploof and Morris both bowed out in round one as Hannah Forton (Macomb, MI) defeated Morris and Olivia Hoeksema (Zeeland, MI) ended the day for Ploof. Blond and Davis both advanced and set up a round two match against each other. David opened a 36 pin lead in game one and was not going to give that up as she eliminated Blond and advanced to the finals 503‐405. Hoeksema also started quickly against Forton with a 39 pin lead gong into game two and ended Forton days after game two 413‐366.

In the finals Davis started fast with a 226‐198 win in game one but Hoeksema was not going to go away quietly. The two matches each other ball for ball in game two and it was Davis who had enough to hold off a late charge to win the match 419‐392 and claim her 9th MJMA title.

The U20 boys saw a number of newcomers make it to the field of 12 for brackets. Nine of the top 12 qualifiers had not won titles and they were all out to change that this afternoon. In round one, all the lower seeded players were knocked out as the top four, who had a bye in round one, were getting ready to step in and start their charge to the finals.

Round two was not kind to the higher seeded players either. Top seeded Alex Ouellette (Linwood, MI) exited at the hands of Cody Johnston (Sandusky, MI) who got off to a big lead with a 279 in game one. The only higher seed to advance was the #2 Chad Stephen (Flint, MI) who had his hands full with Robbie McKinnon (Birch Run, MI) but had enough to advance to the semi finals. Jeffrey Lizewski II (Woodhaven, MI) and Jordan Bryant (Detroit, MI) the #11 ans #5 seeds each advanced as well to the semi finals.

Bryant faced off against the hot Johnston but a big 236 in game one opened up a lead that Bryant would not surrender as he advanced to the finals with a 480‐404 win. Stephan matched up with Lizewski II and this match went deep into game two before a winner was determined. After only a two pin difference in game one Stephen had enough when he needed it to move on to the finals 430‐419.

In the finals, Stephen opened an eight pin lead after game one 225‐217 but it was not yet over. Bryant caught fire in game two and roared back shooting 255 to Stephen’s 203 and won his first MJMA title with a 472 – 428 win.

The U15 boys saw three new players in the final four and David Shaberg (Holt, MI) and Brendan Ashley (Davison, MI) each advanced to the finals, winning their round one matches. Shaberg opened a six pin lead in game one and then continued his consistant shot making to win the match 328‐308 and earn his first MJMA U15 title.

The U15 ladies had two ladies make the match play portion as Samantha Lawson (Lansing, MI) claimed the top qualifier spot with Samantha Timm (Flint, MI) grabbing the second spot in the finals. Timm started fast with a nice 181 in game one and followed that up with another solid 174 game to take the finals match over Lawson 355‐338 to earn her second MJMA U15 title this season.

Congratulations to all our champions as well as to Sam Brandt who earned the one Junior Gold spot that was awarded for this event.

Our next event is the final regular season event and will be on May 20‐21 in the Grand Rapids area at Spectrum Lanes. Qualifying will begin on Saturday at 12:00 Noon with check in beginning at 10:30AM. Match play will be on Sunday beginning at 9:00AM with head to head matches followed by step ladder finals to determine our event champions.

The even is a double points event so those looking to gain on the Bowler of the Year and Rookie of the Year titles as well as earn their spot for the Michiana Cup Challenge should highly consider this event. I know there are a number of conflicting events going on this same weekend but there are a number of bowlers who will need to bowl this event to earn their invitations to the championship event in Monroe so I urge you to consider bowling the event so you don’t end up short on your qualifying requirements for Championships.

We will also be hosting a Collegiate Day on Saturday, May 20th. Up to 12 local colleges will be present to talk to bowlers about their academic programs as well as their bowling opportunities for as soon as this coming season that starts in September.

Get your entries in early so you have your spot and don’t count on being able to walk in for this event. We have room for 120 but I do expect a larger than normal field for this event. Entry forms are available on line at www.mjma.net and should you have any questions please contact Jerry Tarabek at jtarabek@conedrive.com or call 616-780‐2095.

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