Champions crowned at 2023 Youth Open Championships


ARLINGTON, Texas - The winners in each of the four age-based divisions at the 2023 Youth Open Championships have been determined by the International Bowling Campus Youth Development team.

The 2023 Youth Open Championships, a non-qualifying tournament open to all United States Bowling Congress Youth members, was contested at Royal Pin Expo in Indianapolis from July 12-30.

Bowlers in the four age-based divisions (10-and-under, 12-and-under, 15-and-under and 18-and-under) earned more than $100,000 in scholarship prizes and won national titles in team, doubles, singles and all-events.

Each event featured a scratch and optional handicap division with 192 teams and 969 bowlers participating in this year’s tournament.

This year’s tournament featured 14 players winning at least two titles, highlighted by Miles Gordon of Columbus, Ohio, sweeping all four events in the 12-and-under scratch division.

The bowlers claiming three titles this year were Taylor Morgan of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (U10 Girls Scratch All-Events, U10 Girls Scratch Doubles and U10 Girls Scratch Singles), Jayne Juhasz of Ormond Beach, Florida (U12 Girls Scratch All-Events, U12 Girls Scratch Doubles and U12 Girls Scratch Singles), Jersey Asbaty of Chicago (U10 Girls Handicap All-Events, U10 Handicap Doubles and U10 Girls Handicap Singles), Payson Jacobson of Prescott Valley, Arizona (U15 Boys Handicap All-Events, U15 Handicap Doubles and U15 Boys Handicap Singles), Caleb Boykin of Chicago (U10 Handicap Team, U10 Scratch Team and U10 Scratch Doubles), and Emmett Larson of Three Rivers, Michigan (U10 Handicap Team, U10 Scratch Team and U10 Scratch Doubles).

Keegan Alexander of Killeen, Texas, won multiple titles for the second year in a row, taking home the U18 Boys Scratch All-Events title and U18 Scratch Doubles with Griffin Jordan of Sycamore, Illinois, with a 1,435-team total.

Alexander also had the highest all-events score for the tournament with a 2,149 total, averaging 238.77 for his nine-game set. Brandon Rother of San Diego was not far behind for the overall tournament lead as he led the U15 Boys Scratch All-Events with a 2,141 total, which was good for a 237.88 average across his nine games.

DEM MIDWEST BOYZ 2.0, consisting of Asa Wilson-Perry of Columbus, Ohio; Aaron Cabiness of Columbus, Ohio; Caleb Boykin of Chicago; and Emmett Larson of Three Rivers, Michigan, repeated as the U10 Scratch Team champion, rolling to a total of 2,160. The team also took home the U10 Handicap Team title with a 2,706 total.

Taylor Morgan of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Ellie Kate Murray of Orlando, Florida, defended their U10 Girls Doubles title, knocking down 893 pins for their set.

Treavor Mason of Mabank, Texas, also successfully defended a pair of titles in the U10 classification, winning Boys Scratch Singles (560) and Boys Scratch All-Events (1,671).

Luke Switalski of Oak Forest, Illinois, continued to build his Youth Open Championships resume, rolling a 300 game during his doubles set this year after having two perfect games during last year’s event. He also had an 800 series during doubles, rolling games of 236, 300 and 279 for an 815 total to become only the third athlete to reach the honor score in the history of the Youth Open and the first since the 2013 event.

Switalski and Anthony Swanson of Des Plaines, Illinois, also rolled the highest doubles set of the tournament with a 1,474 total en route to the U15 Scratch Doubles title.

Jahmid Collins of Plainfield, New Jersey, also shot a 300 game during his singles set, rolling 257, 227 and 300 for a 784 series to take home the U15 Boys Scratch Singles title.

The U18 Team competition was won by Make Some Friends (Ethan Crouse, Brayden Masclee, Keaton Ostrowski and Haley Grabowski) of Rochester, New York, which averaged more than 229 per game as a team for a tournament-high 2,754 total to take home the Scratch title.