WINTERS EARNS 13TH TITLE AND BLOND WINS SECOND OF THE YEAR

Imari BlondImari Blond Ryan WintersRyan Winters Anna MaxwellAnna Maxwell Brendan AshleyBrendan Ashley

The Michigan Junior Masters Association came into Cherry Hill Lanes North, where it all began 32 years ago, on August 26th for our annual stop in Clarkston. Once again Greg and Jim were fantastic hosts and they kids benefited from a safer than normal pattern, especially the U20 boys. After the eight games of qualifying, 10 U20 boys posted scores of 1600 or better, led by Cody Johnston (Sandusky, MI) with 1711, Kyle McGrath (Davison, MI) with 1708, Sean Taylor (Hastings, MI) with 1705 and Kyle Lewis (Lansing, MI) with 1702. The U20 ladies were led by Kendyl Hofmeister (Essexville, MI) who was the top qualifier for the second straight event with 1488 but Imari Blond (Flint, MI) was right behind with 1485.

In all, (12) U20 boys and (8) U20 ladies moved on to matchplay that began at 9:00AM Sunday morning. The ladies started strong with Meghan Macunovich (Canton, MI) leading the pack after the eight games of match play. Macunovich had moved up from third to take the number one seed into stepladders with Hofmeister falling to fourth. Blond maintained her hold on second while Madalyn Harden (Canton, MI) claimed the number three spot.

In the stepladders Hofmeister pulled out a narrow 206‐201 victory over Harden to advance to the semi-finals to meet Blond. That match was back and forth and Blond made a late charge with 4 strikes late in the match. Blond was already packing things up but Hofmeister opened in the tenth and Blond moved into the finals with a 206‐200 win. Macunovich, the top seed, had bowled well all day long but in the finals she was not getting the same reaction as she was all day long. Blond took advantage of that and in a very close match Blond earned her second title in two events by defeating Macunovich 186‐175.

The guys had some very good matches and it was led by a charge from Kyle McGrath who was trying to run the ladder to get to the finals. McGrath’s run started against Cody Johnston and when McGrath started fast with 4 strikes in the first five frames he cruised to a 215‐160 win in match one. McGrath’s second match was a little tougher against Sean Taylor as it went back and forth. McGrath needed a mark in the tenth to win the match and managed that with three strikes to advance to the semi finals 200‐186.

David Northouse was waiting to match talents with McGrath and when McGrath threw an early double, he opened up a small lead. However, McGrath was starting to feel the effects of all the bowling in his elbow but managed to escape the match with yet another win 179‐160 as Northouse just could not get the reaction he had all day long. McGrath now entered the finals against top seed Ryan Winters. In a match that did not see much striking due to the very dry conditions it was Winters making just enough shots to take the win and end McGrath’s run with a 185‐141 win to earn his 13th MJMA title. That win leaves Winters one title shy of tying the all‐time win totals held by Kurt Pillon and Rory Kalanquin.

In the U15 division newcomber Brendan Ashley (Davidon, MI) faced off against two time U15 title holder David Schaberg (Holt, MI). Schaberg opened up a 17 pin lead through the fifth but trouble ensued late in the match as Ashley doubled in the ninth and tenth frames while Schaberg ran into spare making issues and Ashley raced to the lead and the win 173‐150 to earn his first MJMA U15 title.

The U15 ladies saw Anna Maxwell (Westland, MI) make her second straight finals appearance and would take on Cheyenne Washington (Orion Twp, MI) making her first finals show. Washington set the early pace and was leading through seven frames but a split in the eighth frame opened the door for Maxwell and she took advantage by throwing four strikes in a row to close out the match 200‐178 for her second MJMA title.

We also qualified four bowlers for the Junior Gold National Tournament in Dallas next July. Kendyl Hofmeister, Kyle McGrath, Anna Maxwell and Justin Thimmes (Chesterfield, MI) all earned their spots for next years event.

Our next MJMA stop will be a first time stop at Bowlero Lanes (former Nottke Bowl) in Battle Creek, Michigan. This one day event will start on Saturday, September 16th at 9:30AM with the bracket elimination portion starting about 30 minutes after qualifying is completed. Check‐in will begin at 8:00AM on Saturday so if you are planning on walking in please be there early so we can process paperwork and start on time.

This will also be a Junior Gold buy‐in event as anyone wanting to try to earn a spot will need to bring an additional $25.00 to try to earn the spots that will be given away at the end of qualifying. We will give away a 1 in 8 for the U20 division and a 1 in 6 for the U15 division. We will need a minimum of 5 bowlers to run each division so if you have friends interested in earning spots for Junior Gold have them come in and bowl with us in Battle Creek.

Entry forms are on the website HERE and should you have any questions, please contact Jerry Tarabek either at [email protected] or by calling 616-780‐2095.

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AWARDS ::: Scholarship Details (Clarkston 2017)182.13 KB