America's Original 21 & Under Tournament Series

A Record 306 Bowlers Compete in 6th Annual Event – Over $30,000 in Scholarships Awarded!

Posted on: October 15th, 2017 by Matt Himmelreich

The PJBT assisted for the 3rd straight year with one of the Greatest Youth Bowling Events on the East Coast.  Every year, the PJBT assists with the Danny Wiseman Scholarship Tournament.  Hall-Of-Fame PBA Bowler, Danny Wiseman, runs a scholarship event to give back to his local community of Baltimore.  Bowlers from 8 states on the East Coast come to compete.  The format is unique unlike any other.  Qualifying consists of three squads….the top 10/11 bowlers of each squad advance to our top 32 Double Elmination Bracket on Sunday.  All bowlers who make it to Sunday earn scholarships.  This event gives away major scholarships as Danny also runs a silent auction and obtains over 20 sponsors.

This year’s event saw a record 306 entries on three squads.   We ended up with 156 Scratch Entries and 150 Handicap Total Entries.  Full field results and payouts are on the Danny Wiseman Scholarship Tournament Facebook Group Page.

This year’s winners, ironically were not from the state of Maryland!  Scratch winner from Massachusetts and Handicap from Delaware.

In Scratch, Tom Hankey captured the victory.  Hankey, who already has an amazing resume of winning events like BEST and Junior Gold….adds the Danny Wiseman Event to his resume.  Hankey qualified for the finals thru Squad 1 of qualifying.  Hankey earned his spot into the finals thru his Squad 1 scores.  He shot 1004 for 5 games (+4).  He was the 8th of 10 bowlers to make the show from the squad.  On Sunday, he began the double elimination final as the #10 seed of 32.  He won his 1st match vs Ryan Mitskavich.  In Round 2, he defeated Matthew Forry.  His next match was a winners bracket win vs Harris Mirza.  At this point he was 1 of 4 bowlers remaining in the winners bracket.  Next, he beat Zachary Preston and was in the winners bracket title match.  Hankey took on Tyriq Butler and beat him in a 2-game match to earn the #1 seed for the 4 bowler stepladder final.  In the title match, Hankey took on Tyriq Butler in a rematch.  The result was the same.  Hankey defeated Butler to take home the title.  Tom Hankey won a $2000 scholarship for the win and the real bowling pin trophy for the title.

In Handicap, the story was very similar.  Jarrett Billings of Delaware won the top prize.  Billings also qualified for the finals thru Round 1 of qualifying, when he shot 996 (-4) for 5 games.  This seeded him as the #19 seed of 32 entering the bracket final.  On Sunday, Billings began his run by defeating Ja’Sean Billings (no relation) in his 1st match.  In Round 2, Billings defeated Cloe Noel.  In Round 3, Billings took down John Banfield Jr.  In the final 4 match of the winners bracket, Billings outlasted Andrew Sass.  This advanced him to the winners bracket title match vs #1 seed Jacob Cantwell.  Billings defeated Cantwell in a close match to earn the #1 seed for the 4 bowler stepladder final.  In the title match, Billings had a rematch with Jacob Cantwell.  Billings squeaked out another victory over Cantwell to take home the title.  Jarrett Billings won $2000 scholarship and real bowling pin trophy for the title.

The prize list for the event gave away over $28,000 in scholarships and with sidepots was over $30,000 this season!  Thanks to all who competed and we hope to see you next year again for the 7th annual event.  The top 38 bowlers in each division cashed in the tournament plus sidepot winners and sweeper scholarship winners on Friday.

Full payouts for everyone are posted on the Danny Wiseman Scholarship Tournament Facebook Page.

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