Eight local bowlers, including two from Tomah, will travel to Dallas, Texas, later this week to compete in the Junior Gold Championships.
Zach Buchholz and Caleb McNutt, both of whom bowled for the Tomah High School squad, will compete in a tournament that features nearly 4,000 bowlers throughout the United States.
“There’s probably some of the best (bowlers) in the nation out there,” said Mike Wagoner, a youth coach at Pla-Mor Lanes. “There are some kids out there that barely qualify, but there are also top bowlers that Team USA recruits.”
The tournament, which is held in a different city each year, features Under-20, Under-15 and Under-12 tournament groups that each compete for scholarship money with the top finisher taking home $10,000.
The Junior Gold Championships begin by taking the top bowler out of groups of seven who advance to the second round. From there, the field is narrowed to the top bowler in a group of five. Once the age group is cut to 64 bowlers, the number dwindles to 16, which is when double-elimination matches begin.