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Our History, Purpose and Accomplishments

GEORGIA YOUTH BOWLERS TOUR

 

The Georgia Youth Bowlers Tour (GYBT) was started in 2006 by three volunteer dads: Chris Wunch, Jeff Halen, and Mike Bonzek. The first event had 5 participants. The most recent event had 54.

Prior to the GYBT less than 5 Georgia youth bowlers had attended the Junior Gold National Championships. Over the past 5 years we have averaged 65 attendees to this prestige event.

The GYBT is an integral part of the Georgia State Youth USBC with all events certified by the USBC headquartered in Texas. All scholarships are awarded through the USBC administered SMART program.


The purposes served by the GYBT include:
Opportunity for young bowlers to compete on “sport condition:\” oil patterns against the best bowlers in Georgia and surrounding areas.

Improve their competitive skills and confidence such that they would be prepared to compete on collegiate teams.

To award scholarship funds to youth bowlers that is available to be used in post-secondary education.

Provide a venue to become eligible to compete in the annual Junior Gold National Youth Tournament held in July in various cities around the country. Thousands of dollars in scholarship funds are awarded at this weeklong event.

Provide an opportunity to those youth bowlers outside of Georgia who may not have those same opportunities where they reside. We have had entries from North and South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and even Alaska.

 

We are extremely proud that many youth who participated with the GYBT have gone on to successful experiences educationally and athletically by bowling at the collegiate level.

Currently bowling at the collegiate level are  Matt Poggio, Josh Fennell and David Sims (all at Emmanuel College, Destiny Harper, Chelsea Mulkey, Amber Olsen, and Annamarie Giamgiancomo (also all at Emmanuel), Blair Cain (Pikeville) ranked the # 33 rookie in the country, Harry and Hudson Haynes, Jake Hafermalz (Campbellsville University) Christina Halen (Pikeville) ranked the # 14 female bowler in the country, Leah Walker at UAB, Felicia Baker at Bethune Cookman, Eli Haddock at Martin Methodist (#32 male rookie), Tatiana Francis at Southern University, Michelle Hoover (Lindenwood)and Jeremy Zimmerly at Lindenwood. Jeremy is currently ranked the #2 collegiate male bowler. Kendle Miles at Webber International has bowled on the #1 ranked team. We had 3 current and former GYBT bowlers compete in the Team USA Trials in Nevada. They are Melissa Wunch (Florida State), Christina Halen and Alex Martin. The girls finished in the top 50% and Alex finished #56 out of 175 men. Christina recently finished 6th at the Team USA trials. Congratulations to all of you.