New York's Adam Zimmerman, South Carolina's Breanna Clemmer Win Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships
TAMARAC, Fla. - Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, N.Y., and three-time Junior Team USA member Breanna Clemmer of Clover, S.C., won the boy's and girls' division titles in the Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships at Sawgrass Lanes.
Zimmerman, 17, finally overtook Dawson Maier of Hampton, Va., late in the final round of match play. Protecting a 17-pin lead going into the final game, he threw a critical string of four strikes to win that match, 220-188, and clinch the boys' title with a 42-game total of 9,475 pins. Maier, who had led since round two, finished 109 pins behind.
"After mixed pairs (round three of qualifying), I probably had the best block I've ever had and that's when I realized I had a chance to catch (Maier)," Zimmerman said of his fourth round, when he averaged 239.8 for six games to advance from seventh to second. "I just needed to make the right moves and that's what I did."
Zimmerman, a two-handed player, was bowling in the Teen Masters for the seventh consecutive year. His best previous finish was eighth place in 2015.
Clemmer, 18, moved into the lead during the first round of match play Thursday and then ran away from the field during Friday's final two rounds. Leading by 151 pins at the start of Friday's final 12 games, Clemmer expanded her final margin of victory to 392 pins over Adrianna Stacy of Sebring, Fla. Clemmer, the 2015 USBC Junior Gold champion and 2015 Junior Gold runner-up, finished her first Teen Masters tournament with a 13-4-1 match play record and 9,029 pins. She was the only girl in the field to average 200 (205.3).
"I think after game five in match play, I decided if I really wanted it, I had to go for it," Clemmer said. She also said her future collegiate coach, McKendree University's Shannon O'Keefe, an active competitor on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour during the summer months, "really pushed me hard to be better; she's definitely been my biggest influence."
Kirk Mowl of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Mabel Cummins of Elburn, Ill., were the boys' and girls' U14 division winners as the highest finishing players in their age group. Each was guaranteed $2,000 scholarships.
The 20th annual Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships included 42 games of qualifying and match play on Professional Bowlers Association-caliber long- and short- oil lane conditioning patterns, plus a choice of two low-technology bowling balls which required players to focus on skill vs. technology.
The Teen Masters was conducted in cooperation with the PBA which provided live coverage of the entire event on its Xtra Frame online video streaming service. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
Gary Beck, founder of Killer B Promotions which owns and operates the Teen Masters, also announced the 2017 tournament will be conducted in Richmond, Va. Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine. www.starsandstrikesbowling.com