The Kegel Youth Point Series End of Year Tournament was held at the Kegel Training Center on Saturday, May 17th. Eight upper division boys and 4 upper division girls received spots in match play semifinals by virtue of their points accumulation over the year. These players were given the opportunity to bowl on Saturday to practice on the WTBA Atlanta sport pattern that will be used throughout the tournament while other entrants qualified for an equal number of boys and girls division spots for match play on Sunday.
In the Under 14 Division, Wyatt Smith was the top seed by points accumulation and he was joined by Joey Goodwin, Daniel Bolan and Christopher Smith. For the girls, Crystal Elliott was top seed and she was joined by Kyra Smith. These players went head to head in a best of 3 game format. Crystal Elliott claimed the Under 14 Girls title by ending her match in the first two games with scores of 219 and 182 to defeat Kyra Smth.
In the boys semifinal series, Wyatt Smith defeated Christopher Smith in a match that went the full 3 games. The boys struggled on the changing Atlanta pattern and the high game was only 169 by Christopher Smith who came up short of the win overall. In the meantime, Joey Goodwin outlasted Daniel Bolan who began by winning game 1 and then failed to dominate as Goodwin rolled to a win with games of 195 and 187. That set up the Championship match between top seed Wyatt Smith and Joey Goodwin. Goodwin came out winning in game 1, while Wyatt Smith came back with a sound victory in game 2. The deciding game was closely contended with Goodwin just edging out Smith with a 204 to 200 finish.
The Upper Division match play was conducted on Sunday, May 18th and it proved to be a very exciting day. For the boys, semifinals matches between Michael Coffey and David Lance andDavid Daniels and Tyler James started off the day. Daniels defeated James in two straight games 207 & 219) and Lance defeated Coffey after three games finishing with 255 and 268.
In the girls division, Katie Stark defeated Adrianna Stacy in three games with a final game of235 while Jessica Mellott defeated Devon Metcalf in two straight games rolling a high game of 234.
The Upper Division Championship matches were between Jessica Mellott and Katie Stark for the girls and David Lance versus David Daniels for the boys. Jessica Mellott rolled to victory in three games with high scores of 223 and 216. David Lance won the shootout against David Daniels in three games defeating Daniels in game three by a score of 236 to Daniels’ 226. Both matches were close and were decided in the ninth and tenth frames.
Overall, an exciting day of bowling on a difficult WTBA lane pattern. The Year End Tournament matches are typical of the challenges that young bowlers face when they compete in KYPS. Top level players bowling on world class conditions. If you haven’t tried KYPS, consider testing your skills in the fall season. If you already bowl KYPS, invite a friend and get a free CATS report at your next tournament.