Mexico City hosted its first Junior Mexico Cup, a qualifier tournament put together by the joint efforts of Ebonite International, Qubica/AMF and Turbo. The tournament ran from Saturday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 27.
The tournament consisted of separate categories for both boys and girls and featured six games bowled on short, medium and long oil patterns for a total of 18 games, providing a test of both preparation and endurance for the young athletes.
Event winners received an all-expenses paid trip to Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo in Indianapolis, In. on July 12 through July 14. This trip provides an avenue for two young, talented Mexican bowlers to display their skills in front of many college coaches in the United States. In addition to providing this opportunity for the winners, the prize fund included many of the best performing bowling balls in the world and accessories valued at over 100,000 Mexican Pesos.
Over 10 states were represented in the tournament, with the final two game match taking place before a packed house full of positive energy. Hector Piña edged out Sergio Villanueva for the boys win, while Jaqueline Garcia-Ulloa defeated Dea Georgina Ruiz. Both matches were hard fought and decided in the final frame.
The collaboration of the Ebonite International team, Luis Iserte and Antonio Viramontes from Qubica/AMF Latin America, Lori Mraz from Turbo, FEMEBO, AMF Insurgentes and staff from Premium Shop was crucial to make this event the success it was and to provide this opportunity to the youth bowlers.
The event is currently being planned again for next year, with a goal of increased participation.