Jeff Strong was a first-timer at nationals and figured he’d be in for a learning experience. He was right.
He learned he could compete with – and beat – the best five-pin bowlers in the country.
Strong, from Prince George’s Black Diamond Lanes, qualified for the Youth Bowling Canada national championships in 2011 and was on target for a silver medal in the junior boys division. He won silver by beating Manitoba’s Derek Sabourin 318-270 in a one-game playoff.
At nationals, Strong rolled to an overall record of 17-7. He advanced to the Canadian finals by winning the provincials earlier in 2011. In the B.C. tournament, he beat runner-up Josh Burgmann of Nanaimo by 134 pins.
Strong is in his sixth year of YBC competition.