A couple weeks ago my daughter Robyn bowled in Alton in the zone finals of the Pepsi/USBC Youth Bowling Championships. She, and her brother Aaron, did this last year in Mount Vernon as well. A certain number of league bowlers from each participating bowling center get to go to the zone finals based on their scores during qualifying week. Last year both Aaron and Robyn made it but Aaron didn't bowl during qualifying week this year so he couldn't compete.
Anyway, Robyn has been improving by leaps and bounds since I gave here a newer model bowling ball for Christmas. She's gone from about 90 - 100 as an average to about 130 with a personal best game of almost 170! I would have every reason to be proud if that were the end of the story, but that story wouldn't be very interesting…fortunately there's more.
I received an e-mail from one of the tournament officials on Monday. Robyn has qualified to compete in the State Finals of the Pepsi Tournament! We'll be going to Rockford the 4th through the 6th of May in order for her to bowl in the State Finals. If she wins there (not impossible, but certainly not a given) she'll go on to the National Finals in Buffalo, New York in June!
There's scholarship money and plenty of bragging-rights available at this tournament, but no matter where she places I'll be the proudest dad there.