Galante and Young Win Teen Masters National Championship
The 2007 Teen Masters National Champions are Ashly Galante and Goeffrey Young.
Galante, Palm Harbor, Florida and Young, Denton, Texas both posted a 3-1 record in the best of five championship match, and each earned a $7,500 scholarship for their performance. Both 18-year-olds were bowling in their second Teen Masters.
Galante, runner-up in the 2006 Teen Masters, defeated Samantha Santoro 202-164 in the deciding game to win the title. “I felt really relaxed starting the match, but in game three, the lanes started changing and I didn’t catch it fast enough,” said Galante. “It feels great to win after finishing second last year.”
Young defeated Austin Boulds 202-189 in the final game to win the crown. “I threw the ball really well all week, but today it was even better,” said Young. “It was a great experience with the crowd cheering, and the whole week was really good. I want to thank my parents for letting me bowl in all these tournaments and Gary Beck for running such a good event.”
Santoro and Boulds each earned a $3750 scholarship award. Altogether, the event paid over $60,000 in scholarship awards. 86 of the 387 teens who bowled in the event earned scholarship awards.
In prior matches, Galante defeated last year’s champion Brittni Hamilton 3-2 in a very hard fought match to advance to the title match. Santoro earned her way by defeating Samantha Jimeniz 3-1, and Young defeated Jonathan Trzcinski 3-2 to advance.
Young will be a senior at Denton High school this fall, and plans to return to Teen Masters competition next year. This was Galante’s last year of eligibility. She is headed for Pikesville College in Kentucky this fall where she will be a communications major and a member of the bowling team.
Team USA competition is also in the future for both champions. Galante is a member of Team USA and Young is a member of Junior Team USA.
Over 50 Teen Masters Qualifying events will kick off in March 2008 leading up to the 11th Annual National Championships next summer.