As a long-time supporter and advertiser with the Bowlers Journal International, Turbo is delighted to share and support the BJI Generation Next, a new magazine feature that recognizes outstanding youth bowlers and future ambassadors of the sport. The athletes recognized here were featured in a recent issue of the BJI.
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This Faribault, Minn., teen, who graduated from Faribault High School in May, became the youngest coach ever to earn USBC Silver status when he was 16. More recently, he was chosen to fill one of three available spots on Junior Team USA following the Team USA Trials in January, an achievement so fraught with anxiety for him that he described the three hours between the end of his final block in the tournament and the news that he’d been chosen for the squad as “the most stressful three hours of my life.” Clearly, a spot on Junior Team USA is something Haugh covets, as well he should. Also a league organizer for the Special Olympics, the 2017 Youth Ambassador of the Year joins the Wichita State bowling program this fall.
This Madison, Miss., teen won the 2017 Zeb Scholarship, so-named for Jim Zebehazy, the former executive director of the Young American Bowling Alliance. Jones received the $2,500 scholarship for his achievements in the classroom and for his contributions within his community. The recent graduate of Madison Central High School served as student body president, was a member of the National Honor Society, and took eight Advanced Placement courses that included subjects such as macroeconomics, calculus, biology and English. Intent on pursuing a college degree in engineering with a concentration in manufacturing, Jones also coordinated food drives at Madison Central High and was a Salvation Army bell ringer as well as an active participant in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
This Pflugerville, Texas, prodigy rose to national notice when PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark tweeted a video of the 13-year-old bowling the PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open last month. Malott was entered into the event by his dad, a towering, 10-time PBA Tour titlist named Wes — perhaps you’ve heard of him? “He’d been asking to bowl a regional again; he bowled the one in Killeen, which is close to home, last year,” said Wes, who added that Jordan, who has finished in the top 5 in Junior Gold’s U12 division the past two years, has “a lot of tools in his bag but he needs to learn when to use them and how to use them.” Jordan finished 74th, but the pro ranks likely haven’t heard the last of him.