Ogden youth places third in state bowling tournament

By on June 24, 2019
Parker Nordhausen placed third in the NYSBPA Youth Scholarship Tournament.

Parker Nordhausen placed third in the NYSBPA Youth Scholarship Tournament.

Ogden bowler, Parker Nordhausen, has cause for celebration after capturing third place in the New York State Bowling Proprietors Association’s State (NYSBPA) Youth Scholarship Tournament in April.

The fourth-grader from Churchville-Chili’s Fairbanks Road Elementary School bowls out of AMF Gates Lanes on Spencerport Road. He first qualified for the tournament through his regular league bowling in January.  

From there, he participated in the Regional Finals in February at AMF Empire Lanes in Webster. Parker, who has a league average of 90, hit for 111, 130 and 95 for a scratch series total of 336 and handicap series total of 690, putting him in second place.  With the top two bowlers from each of the state’s 10 regionals advancing to the finals, Parker was one of 20 regional participants in the “4th Grade & Younger” division to advance to the state finals. “I didn’t think I would make it to the state finals, but I proved myself wrong and bowled my best series ever,” Parker said.

During the state finals at Spare Time Lanes in Latham, New York, Parker quickly emerged as a leader during the first two games, hitting for a season high 144 and 113.  However, Parker’s game began to slip in the third game, unable to pick up a mark (strike or spare) for the first six frames. Finding his groove again, Parker picked up marks from the seventh frame out to finish with a 123 for a 380 scratch/725 handicap series total and narrowly taking third place by just 5 pins. “It was cool to meet other kids from around the state and I am happy that I was able to represent AMF Gates Lanes in a good way by participating and coming in third,” Parker said.

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