Letter: Bowling event at Garden Center provides scholarships
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To the editor:
The 2022 Midwest Youth Championship was another great success at Garden Center Lanes in Alexandria! We just completed our seventh year of running this tournament Aug 12-14. Our entries increased by 49, which gave us 314 entries.
Over $45,000 in scholarship dollars were earned. With the Alexandria Bowling Association, Bremer Bank, 900 Global, Viking Coke, EFX Apparel, Garden Center Lanes, Explore Alexandria, and 3G sponsors, we can give out the number of scholarships that we do. Bowl4Life also gave out scholarships to kids that bowled the MWY tournament. In drawings during five qualifying rounds, one boy and one girl received $250 scholarships. That's an additional $2,500 in scholarships awarded throughout the weekend. The Bowl4Life Foundation mission is to promote the sport of bowling and to provide scholarship assistance to youth bowlers.
We had 150 entries in Boys Open (scratch), 66 entries in Girls Open, and 98 entries in the handicap division. Zach Andresen earned $5,000 in scholarships two years in a row. Total scholarship dollars in the Boys Open was over $19,000. Brooke Salman won the Girls Open, which earned her $300 in scholarships. Over $10,000 was awarded in the Girls Division and over $9,500 in scholarships were awarded in the Handicap Division. Jase Zeithamer, who is from Alexandria, won the handicap division and earned a $2,500 scholarship at the age of 12. We also had other local bowlers make the cut in the handicap division — Myles Frueh, Riley Miller and Blaine Lynch. It is good to see our local bowlers doing well in the Midwest Youth Championship tournament.
We also run an Adult/Youth event on Friday and Saturday night. This year both nights were full, which gave us 102 entries for this event. Over $4,000 was awarded.