Students score scholarship cash at International Family Tournament


    BPAA News

    Kentucky and Maryland bowlers take home top prizes after weekend competition

    After two days of intense, but friendly competition on the bowling lanes, two student/parent teams emerged atop the leaderboard to take home serious scholarship money at the 2012 International Family Tournament (IFT) presented by QubicaAMF and hosted by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America at Jupiter Lanes, Jupiter, Florida, July 26-29.

    Some 67 teams representing 25 states took part in the two-day competition. The finalists represented contestants from across North America who won their state competitions qualifying them for an all-expense paid trip to Florida to compete for the scholarships. The IFT is the only sporting event in the United States in which parents participate with children and youth for an International Championship and scholarship funds.

    2012IFTTravisandEdZimmer.jpg In the Youth/Parent division (32 teams, ages 11 and under) Travis Zimmer and his dad, Ed (pictured left) from Louisville, Kentucky, narrowly defeated Kerina and Eric Gray of Dixon, Illinois, 218-215 to advance to the final. In the exciting final match, the Zimmers took on Ashley and Neil Bishop from Silverton, Oregon. The elder Zimmer struck out in the tenth frame putting pressure on Neil Bishop to mark. When he failed to do so, it sealed the victory for the Zimmers.

    2012IFTDylanandSharonDarby.jpg In the Teen/Parent group (35 teams, ages 12 and older), Dylan Darby and mom, Sharon Carmean (right) from Sharptown, Maryland, squeaked by Jason Gallitz and his father, Larry, from West Allis, Wisconsin, 205-203. Darby and Carmean then out-bowled Kristopher Clay and his dad, Jason, 235-224 in the title match. The Gallitz's were a late addition to the tournament lineup. They were second place finishers in Wisconsin but were invited to the IFT after the state winners were unable to make the trip.

    Scholarships for the champions in each division were worth $5,000, second place, $3,000 and third place finishers took home $2,500. Additional scholarships of $500 each for boys and girls in each division were awarded to Youth and Teen Division bowlers with the highest six-game scratch total during the qualifying round. The overall scholarship purse was worth $70,000.

    Sharon Carmean said, "This is the first time Delaware has made the finals and we won! This trophy is going to the bowling center for a couple of weeks as a thank you for all the hard work they have done for us."

    2012IFTJerryWhobrey.jpg Bowlers competed all day Friday to field the top 8 teams in each division to meet on Saturday morning. After lunch, the top three teams in each division bowled in a stepladder format to decide the winners.

    The excitement started early in the tournament when Jerry "Alex" Whobrey (left), 14, from Louisville, Kentucky, bowled his first-ever 300 game in the second game on the first day of qualifying.

    Plans are already in the works for the 2013 IFT at a location to be determined. BPAA Executive Director Steve Johnson said the 2013 event would be held in conjunction with the Men's and Women's Open Championships. Details and more information will follow.