Junior Gold, which is presented by Ebonite, Columbia 300, Track and Hammer, and the Youth Open will head to Chicago in 2015, then to Cleveland in 2016 and return to Indianapolis for the fifth time in 2017. The events bring thousands of the country’s top youth bowlers together to compete for national titles.
“Chicago, Cleveland and Indianapolis are all fantastic bowling cities and are a perfect fit for these events,” International Bowling Campus Managing Director of Youth Development Chad Murphy said. “The Junior Gold Championships and Youth Open Championships represent the very best that youth bowling has to offer, and we are excited to continue the growth of these events in these great locations.”
The 2015 Junior Gold is scheduled for July 11-17, while the Youth Open will take place July 9-26 in DuPage County, a suburb of Chicago. The centers selected to host the events are Stardust Bowl, Hillside Bowl, Classic Bowl, Orland Bowl and Brunswick River Grove.
“The DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau is thrilled to be hosting the Youth Open Championships and Junior Gold Championships in 2015,” said Skip Strittmatter, Executive Director of the DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau. “On behalf of the 22,000 men and women employed in the hospitality industry here in DuPage County, we look forward to welcoming you just beyond Chicago’s skyline.”
In 2016, Junior Gold will be conducted July 9-15 with the Youth Open being contested July 7-24. Freeway Lanes of Parma, Game of Mentor, Game of Wickliffe, Roseland Lanes and Yorktown Lanes will play host.
“We are thrilled to host the top youth bowlers in the nation in Cleveland for the 2016 Junior Gold Championship and Youth Open Championships,” said David Gilbert, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission and Positively Cleveland President and CEO. “Bringing youth sporting events to Cleveland boosts our local economy while showcasing the diverse types of major events our region is able to host.”
For 2017, Junior Gold’s dates will be July 8-14, while the Youth Open takes place July 6-23. The host centers for the events are Woodland Bowl, Western Bowl, Expo Bowl, Southern Bowl and All-Star Bowl.
“Indianapolis is a destination built to host sporting events and a city honored to host the 2017 Junior Gold Championships,” said Chris Gahl, vice president with Visit Indy. “We look forward to again welcoming the top youth bowlers from across the U.S. to Indy, for a tournament with winners earning a spot on the Junior Team USA.”
The Junior Gold Championships features the top youth bowlers in the nation competing for national titles in six divisions – U12 boys, U12 girls, U15 boys, U15 girls, U20 boys, U20 girls. Qualifying events for the Junior Gold Championships are held throughout the country for Junior Gold members. Visit BOWL.com/JuniorGold to learn more about the tournament and the Junior Gold program.
The Youth Open Championships is open to all USBC Youth members. It has four age-based divisions (U8, U12, U15 and U20). Each participant bowls a maximum of nine games - three games each of singles, doubles and four-player team. Go to BOWL.com/YouthOpen for more information on the Youth Open Championships. Those who would like to learn more about annual youth competitions, and on ways to enter them, may click here for more information.
About International Bowling Campus: The International Bowling Campus (IBC) is the headquarters for the bowling industry and directly serves the more than 69 million bowlers in the United States. The IBC houses the resources of the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body and membership organization for the sport; the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, representing the business interests of bowling centers; Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm for the industry; the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame; The Bowling Foundation; the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association; the International Bowling Media Association; the Bowling News Network; the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America; and the International Training and Research Center.