Sunday, August 6, 2017 – CENTRAL LANES BOWLING CENTER
12-year-old Evan Duenas earned the 1st national youth title using his 32-pin handicap advantage to beat top seed James Doyle in the championship match. Duenas played a steady match as Doyle struggled in the early frames. Doyle finally found his strike line late into the game but Duenas held on for the 170+56 to 186+24 victory. “It feels good. I was feeling nervous that my body started to shake while I was on the approach during the finals” Duenas said after his victory.
“I learned that if I just kept on sparing, I would be able to work my way through the tournament. This has taught me to work more on my game to get better” added Duenas. Duenas also eliminated Frank Manibusan Jr. in the semi-final using two sets of turkeys and put the game out of reach by the seventh frame.
Doyle led all bowlers in the qualifying round with a 990-total followed by Duenas, Manibusan, Josiah Lanuza and Noah Taimanglo. Excitement built throughout the qualifier as Noah Taimanglo opened the youth finals with an eleven bagger before leaving a pin ten to take the early lead with a 299 game. With game remaining bowlers from second through sixth place were a mere five pins apart.