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Junior Bowlers Are Heading To Nationals

Four Rogue Valley teenagers fought the odds to qualify for Nationals.

“It was definitely different than it was last year,” said Jacob Bruff.

“It was definitely difficult because this area has been shut down quite a lot this past year, so we didn’t have as much of an opportunity to practice as much, or to practice on different oil patterns,” said Charlie Wilson. “So just going from a month of practice to doing these state qualifiers to qualify for nationals was definitely difficult but we were able to overcome that.”

Charlie Wilson, Jacob Bruff and Oliver Janes qualified for nationals at the only opportunity held in Oregon this year, but Connor Boehm was fortunate to qualify months earlier.

“In order to get to Junior Gold Nationals, in September of last year I flew to Texas,” said Boehm. “I competed in a PBA Juniors Tournament and there was a second that I competed in that had Junior Gold Qualifying.”

These four high schoolers are not competing through their schools. The nationals tournament is held by the United States Bowling Congress, and early success here can be a fast track to the Professional Bowlers Association.

“The more experience I get now, the earlier I can get confidently going into the PBA and the sooner I can get into the PBA and start winning tournaments gives me experience that you need as a pro bowler.”

“Hopefully when I get older and am eligible to make it to the PBA, I can make it to there,” said Oliver Janes.

But first, the 2021 Junior Gold Championships are being held in Indianapolis, from July 9-17.

There are fundraising efforts to help raise the money to send the for boys to Indianapolis. A car wash at Roxy Ann Lanes on June 27th from 10-2 will have proceeds go towards the boys travel expenses.