Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Peters Wins 2012 Midwest Ohio Youth Open

Left, Nathan Peters with Michael Davidson
Nathan Peters won the 2012 Midwest Ohio Youth Bowling Tournament in Coldwater, Ohio on Sunday, April 15th. This tournament was split into two divisions. Boys Scratch and Girls Scratch. The format was a 6 game qualifying block bowling across 6 pair of lanes. After the 6 Qualifying Games, the filed of 24 was then cut to the top 8 bowlers for best 2 out of 3 Match Play competition.

The Versailles High School Bowlers had a great showing for the finals. 3 out of the 8 finalists were from Versailles. Benjamin Didier qualified 4th with a 1,139, Michael Davidson qualified 6th with a 1,110 and Nathan Peters qualified 8th with a 1,077. The lane pattern was a very demanding condition where keeping the ball in play and covering spares was extremely important.

The 1st round of match play was a best 2 out of 3 format. Ben bowled Blake Spangler from Coldwater, which went 3 games: 195-191, 173-196 and 175-201 with Blake advancing to the top 4. Michael bowled Garrett Stout from St. Henry which went 3 games: 246-204, 158-196 and 179-178 with Michael advancing to the top 4. Nathan Peters bowled Drew Gay: 211-182, 235-177 and 192-173 with Nathan advancing to the top 4.

The semi-finals and final match was then a 1 game match. This was starting to get interesting as this could potentially be an all Versailles finals. Nathan and Michael both won their matches 200-179 and 193-181 to make for an exciting all Tiger finish. "To see both kids in the finals was extremely satisfying as a coach, the bad thing about it was one of them was going to lose." The match started out back and forth, but Nate got lined up and put together a nice string of strikes late in the game to finish with a strong 217 to Michael's 181.

Nathan won a nice 1st place Scholarship of $400 and Michael's 2nd place finish earned him $200 in Scholarship money. The USBC (United States Bowling Congress) SMART Program (Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins) offers millions of dollars in scholarship money to help young bowlers get a jump start on their dreams. More than $6 million in scholarship money is offered each season by bowling associations and certified tournaments and proprietors throughout the United States.

In the girls division, 3 Versailles bowlers competed in the event. Paige Holsapple, Megan Monnin and Tori Minnich. Paige made the cut to the top 8 qualifying 7th with a score of 974. Megan just missed the cut by 9 pins rolling a 945 and Tori finished 16th with a score of 828. Paige bowled Haley Moeder from Coldwater in the best 2 out of 3 and was defeated 236-141 and 152-134. Erika Hartings defeated Jenna Wenning (both from Coldwater) 194-178 to win the girls division.

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