CONGRATULATIONS 2015 Pepsi Champions…

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Jennifer Loredo
U12 Girls
Alexa Sylva
15 Girls
Mia Singletary
U20 Girls
Solomon Salama
Koen Parungao
Eric Hefner

The 2015 California Pepsi Youth Bowling Championships has come to an exciting close and we will be awarding over $44,000 in youth scholarships!  The format remained the same this year. League-level qualifying was held in November and January and the District Finals were held this past March at eight different locations over two different weekends. Based on a ratio of 1:2 from league level to District, a total of 526 bowlers participated in the U8 & U10 Divisions and 1,869 participated in the U12, U15 & U20 Divisions.  The first place finishers in the U8 & U10 Divisions earned a FREE berth into the 2015 Youth State Championships to be held this July in Dublin/Fremont. The first place finishers in the U12, U15 & U20 Divisions earned a $50 scholarship and a FREE berth into the Semi-Finals of the Diddy Watts State Singles Challenge in Visalia (Aug 1-2) for their outstanding performance. Bowlers in the U8 & U10 Divisions would survive through two rounds of qualifying and three rounds of qualifying for the U12, U15 & U20 Divisions (all qualifying levels were based on scratch scores). $6,955 was awarded in U8 & U10 District Scratch Scholarships to 62 winners and $12,955 in District Handicap Scholarships to 259 winners. Every bowler was automatically entered in the District Handicap Division and $5 from each entry was allocated for these awards.

Robyn Hricik Gladys Kawaye Tim Pato June Brown Tom Leigh Andrea Sisk Andre Eubanks Linda Stewart
AMF Orchard Napa Delta KC Bowl Buena Del Rosa PV Bowl Mira Mesa
Divisions Dist   1 Dist   2 Dist   3 Dist   4 Dist   5 Dist   6 Dist   7 Dist   8 TOTALS
U8 Girls 8 8 10 6 6 1 6 4 49
U8 Boys 12 20 36 7 15 9 19 22 140
U10 Girls 11 18 27 10 20 5 26 15 132
U10 Boys 17 29 44 10 33 11 31 30 205
48 75 117 33 74 26 82 71 526
U12 Girls 8 17 22 12 21 12 24 27 143
U12 Boys 19 43 58 22 47 22 40 38 289
U15 Girls 19 31 29 17 25 17 33 36 207
U15 Boys 34 62 129 29 91 33 73 84 535
U20 Girls 11 26 36 23 36 11 31 27 201
U20 Boys 27 73 86 40 68 47 71 82 494
118 252 360 143 288 142 272 294 1869

The State Finals were held at Classic Bowl on May 2-3.  Thank you to Classic Bowl for always being such gracious hosts! Bowlers qualified to the State Finals based on a ratio of 1:5 from District to State. We had 359 bowlers travel from across the state to attend and awarded $20,090 to 37 bowlers who bowled in six game blocks.  We also ran an optional Handicap Division, in which 205 bowlers participated and paid out $2,050 to 21 bowlers. Six bowlers: Solomon Salama, Jennifer Loredo, Koen Parungao, Alexa Sylva, Eric Hefner and Mia Singletary earned a FREE entry into the USBC Junior Gold Finals in Chicago, IL this July. Each of our six champions will receive a travel stipend up to $400 for the Gold Finals along with earning their state scholarship and a custom embroidered jacket. All scholarship award recipients will receive a scholarship packet and all funds will be held with USBC SMART Acct #8512.  We will be distributing the scholarship packets at the California USBC Convention in Ontario on June 13-14 and will mail the remaining packets directly to each bowler.  All scholarships have been uploaded to SMART and full tournament results and scholarship breakdowns can be downloaded online at CalUSBC.com

We are extremely thankful for our many sponsors this year. For the 15th year in a row, BowlersParadise.com and EliteBowling.com sponsored this event along with Storm, Release Pro Shop (inside AMF Orchard Lanes), Kevin’s Pro Shop (inside Napa Bowl), Lane 37 the Pro Shop (inside Delta Bowl), Average Joe’s Pro Shop (inside KC Bowl), Robert Smith Bowling Services (inside Buena Lanes), Up Your Average (inside Del Rosa Lanes), Palos Verdes Bowl and Ray’s Pro Shop (inside Mira Mesa Lanes). These sponsors all donated items for our fundraising raffle at the District and State Finals sites to help us raise more scholarship dollars.  Thanks to Digital Team Photography for taking great Pepsi pics at the State Finals and donating a portion of their sales to our scholarship fund. Also Special Thanks to Bonaventure Butts & Jack Myers for taking great pics for District #5 and donating back to their District 100%!

THANKS to all of the District Directors: Robyn, Gladys, Tim, June, Tom, Andrea, Andre, and Linda for their hard work in running the District Finals this year. Special thanks to those on the State Board that helped as well – We know that it takes more than two directors to run these events and they all did an outstanding job. District Directors will be contacting centers that just participated in Pepsi in regards to hosting this event for March 2016. If you are interested, please contact your respective District Director for more information.  Thanks again to all of those that supported this event – It would not be a success without your help!  Tournament packets for 2015 will be mailed to all youth programs in Sept/Oct and of course all information will be posted online at CalUSBC.com.