Tylor Greene made the most of his final kick at the can in the USBC Junior Gold Championships on Friday at AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga.
The 20-year-old college junior from Davidson, Mich., turned into a hulking strike machine and turned back a tough opponent, defending champion Wesley Low Jr., of Palmdale, Calif., in the championship of the Boys U20 division.
Greene took a two-point lead (210-208) into the second game of the two-games-total-pinfall championship round match then really turned on the power. He started with seven strikes in a row, while Low, a two-handed left-hand stylist, struggled to find the pocket. Greene won the match, 440-288.
“I had a lot of strikes today,” said Greene, a burly 6-foot-3, 250 pounds or so, at least 100 pounds more than the slender Low. “This is something I’ve been shooting for for five years.”
The title is worth a $10,000 scholarship for the winner of the U20 Boys division.
Greene is a junior business major at Robert Morris University in downtown Chicago (not to be confused with the Robert Morris in the Pittsburgh area), but he was not even the top man on the varsity bowling team that finished fifth in the Collegiate Championships last year. That honor went to Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., one of the top amateur bowlers in the nation.
Greene said he bowled mostly at No. 2 or No. 3 for his school. “We had a good season overall, but Kent is gone now.”
That took all the drama out of the final match and ended Low’s bid to become the first repeat boys champion in the 17-year history of the Junior Gold event. Shannon Pluhowsky (1999-02) and Stefanie Nation (2002-04) each won three straight girls titles.
Low had come from behind in the second game to defeat Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., to win the final in the contenders division.
Earlier, Coffey scored a tense 403-401 victory over Andrew Herbert of Eden, eliminating the last Western New York male contestant. In his previous match Herbert avenged an earlier loss to Jacob Yazell of Lexington, Ky., winning a 451-442 match.
Melanie Hannon, the top qualifier in the U20 Girls division and the last WNY female survivor, fell to Chenoa Rhoades of Lafayette, Ind., 442-376, in an elimination match.
Breanna Clemmer of Clover, S.C., came from 18 pins down in the first game to defeat Rachael Albright of Genoa, Ohio, 387-353, for the U20 girls title. It was the second Junior Gold title for Clemmer, who won the U15 Girls division in 2012.
In the U15 Boys division, Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, Long Island, lost the first game, 220-190, but rallied for a 187-130 in the second for a 377-350 victory in the championship round, forcing a second match. He won that easily, 387-274.
The U15 Girls title went to Ashley Channell of Morris Chapel, Tenn., with a dominant victory over Brogan Zengel of Centerville, Ohio.
In an all-Pennsylvania final in the Boys U12, Anthony Neuer of Lewisburg defeated Alexander Horton of Douglassville, 169-131.
Madison Bailey of Rocklin, Calif., defeated Sarah Sanes of Murfreesboro, Tenn., for the Girls U12 crown, 151-135.
While the Junior Golds are over, competition in the USBC Youth Open goes on until next Saturday (July 27) at AMF Thruway Lanes.