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Seminole / Largo area Junior Gold youth bowlers heading to Buffalo, New York

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The tournament is in Buffalo, New York the week of July 12 - July 18, what is it you ask? This is a National tournament opened to those who qualify for it, through leagues or tournaments. The name of the tournament is the North Pointe Junior Gold Championship Tournament.

In our area, to local centers are offering a Junior Gold league, Seminole Lanes you can visit their website and see pictures and more information on the league and the tournament at http://seminolelanes.com/LEAGUES/JUNIOR-GOLD-SPORT and Liberty Lanes also has a Junior Gold league. They run different nights.

There are also tournaments throughout the year that have Junior Gold Qualifiers. The following are tournaments that have Junior Gold Qualifiers, click on the links to either bring you to their website or Facebook pages for more information.

Southwest Florida Youth Classic

Burkins Bowling Tournaments

Liberty Lanes

In our area we have 11 kids leaving soon for Buffalo. Some families are flying and some are driving. It is an expensive trip to make, but an experience of a lifetime.

The following kids are going: Daniel Doss, Phillip Reckner, Marques Houston, Sarah Sudduth, Duke Crouch, Mitch Huett, Hannah Diem, Nick Kominik, Gerald Houston, Kristian Sieradzki, Jacob Myers.

That is 10 families, as two brothers were able to qualify. Last year three of these kids above got to go to Detroit, they were Kristian Sieradzki & Marques Houston & Phillip Reckner.

In this tournament these kids will bowl over 25 games in about 3 days to just qualify for the actual tournament which is held on July 18th. In 2012 the U20 boy winner received $15,000 in scholarship money. In the U20 division girls first place won $10,000. The U15 boys won $6,000 in scholarship, and the U15 girls $5,000.

The youth bowlers also have the opportunity to earn a spot on the Junior Team USA. Their site is: http://www.bowl.com/Junior_Team_USA/Junior_Team_USA_Home/Information/

The youth open championships start on July 10-27 are in the same area a town called Cheektowaga, NY.

So as a group we have decided to do a few fundraisers. Back in April we had a bowl-a-thon at Seminole Lanes, and raised close to $2400 and then we did cookie sales and raised close to $1000.

On June 27, JC Crouch is putting together a fundraiser at Liberty Lanes from noon to 5 pm. There will be games, bowling, and a silent auction.

On July 5, we are having a car wash at Seminole Lanes, from noon to 3 pm.

If you are unable to make two trips above, but would like to make a donation please visit tis site:

http://www.gofundme.com/JUNIOR-GOLD-FAMILIES

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