ARLINGTON, Texas - Twelve pins were the difference between first and second place in the Parent/Youth division of the 39th Annual International Family Tournament presented by QubicaAMF (IFT). The tournament, held this year at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, Illinois, July 19-21, drew 36 Parent/Youth and 38 Parent/Teen teams representing 25 states and the U.S. Navy for three days of fun and friendly competition for a share of a $70,000 scholarship pool.
In a battle of Kansans, Makayla Brownlee and her mother Michelle, from Wellington bested Brayli Bozarth and her dad, Brian, from Ness City, 237-225 in the final game of the Parent/Youth competition. Third place went to an Indiana pair, Justin Davis from Burlington and Alice Baldwin from Kokomo 237-220 in the semi-finals of competition.
In the Parent/Teen division, Manuel Sanchez and his mother, Josephine, from Chicago won over Kade Schreiner and his dad, Jeremy from Laurel, Montana, 233-215. Third place honors went to the Shawnee, Oklahoma team of Ivan Green and Sarah Lonelodge 281-232.
Each division's top 8 teams after Sunday's competition advanced to a 'Baker Game' match play final round on Monday morning. At the conclusion of 8 games of match play, the top three teams in each division then competed in the 'Baker Game' stepladder finals in the afternoon to decide the titles.
Bowlers and their families were treated like royalty from the moment they arrived on Saturday, to check in at the Holiday Inn, Rockford, the IFT host hotel. That evening they mixed and mingled at a welcome reception and orientation dinner on the patio of the Burpee Museum of Natural History, one of Rockford's premier attractions.
Sunday's practice and first round of competition were followed by lunch and a Pro-Am tournament featuring some of the top professional women bowlers competing in the BPAA Women's All Star Tournament across town at the Cherry Bowl in Rockford. The lady pros teamed up with the family pairs for a mini "tournament-within-a-tournament." At the end of the day, bowlers and their families went to Magic Waters Water Park for an evening of fun, fellowship and relaxation.
The second round of competition continued Monday morning followed by lunch and a trick shot demonstration by PBA star and fan favorite, Norm Duke. The afternoon resumed with the Baker format stepladder finals to determine the champions. Afterwards, certificates, medals and trophies were presented by Pat Ciniello, president of QubicaAMF, Randy Thompson, secretary of the BPAA and John Losito, BPAA Tournament Committee chair at the awards banquet at the Hoffman House in the Holiday Inn.
The International Family Tournament presented by QubicaAMF is the only sporting event in the United States in which parents participate with children for a national championship and scholarships for a significant amount of money. Parent/Youth and Parent/Teen teams qualify in local competitions held at participating BPAA member bowling centers and advance to state and regional finals with the winners competing in the national finals.
The International Family Tournament is made possible by the generous contributions of title sponsor QubicaAMF Worldwide. Full final standings are available at www.bpaa.com/tournaments.
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