Lee Owen: Youth OBX beach bash closes out bowling season

By Lee Owen

The Daily Advance

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To close out the 2013-14 youth league season, bowling director Mike Hawkins decided that a tournament would be a good finale.

He also thought that it would be a good idea to join the youth program from OBX bowling for a big event and then have the event at the OBX Bowling Center, which would allow locals the chance to compete at other houses.

His idea resulted in the first Youth Beach Bash.

The event featured a singles event at 10am and a doubles event at 1pm, with divisions for bumpers and the older group. Hawk was surprised when roughly half of the Albemarle Lanes Youth League made the trip to the Outer Banks, and the local bowlers showed their stuff, taking all of the awards.

In the singles event, there was a bit of a runaway for the win. In dominating fashion, Ben Hawkins had one of his best days of the season, firing a big 664 handicap series to take first place as well as high game of the event.

Coming in second place was Josh Davenport with a 636 and in third was Jasmine McKnight with a 615.

In the bumper division, Shane Owen walked away with first place after posting his season high game of 125.

During the break between events, bowlers took part in game time in OBX Bowling’s huge arcade and game room, and dragging them away for the doubles event was tough work.

Once the event began however, it was all business, and the team of John Meads and Josh Davenport ensured that no one else had a chance at the top spot.

Posting a huge doubles score of 1295 gave the duo a first place finish and John earned high game with his 175 scratch.

Brothers Ben and Bryce Hawkins came in second place after coming back from a 100 pin deficit going into the final game, rolling a 1236 on the day.

Third place went to Tori Owen and Jasmine McKnight with a 1223.

Congrats to all of the bowlers for a great tournament and we look forward to next year being even better.

Don’t forget that the first day of summer youth crazy eight league is Saturday at 10 a.m. It isn’t too late to sign up and you can even sign up that day.

Remember, crazy eight means that if you knock down eight pins, it counts as a strike, so there will be plenty of fun to go around.

Adult leagues will also be starting this week and there is room for more bowlers on all of the leagues.