Teen Masters Begins Monday With Emphasis On Skill Over Equipment

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When hundreds of bowlers compete in next week’s Teen Masters, the emphasis will be on skill not equipment.

The Teen Masters, which begins Monday live on FloBowling, only allows participants to use a PBA Skill 3.02 urethane bowling ball that absorbs little to no oil.

They can have two balls with a variation on drilling but the goal is to reward shot making over equipment choices.

The concept was introduced to the Teen Masters in 2013 by organizer Gary Beck, who said it “levels the playing field by limiting competitors to throwing a bowling ball that has extremely low performance characteristics.”

Beck said the PBA Skill 3.02 ball won’t absorb much, if any, oil and doesn’t flare. As a result, much less oil is needed on the lane for the competition.

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The Teen Masters will use two lane patterns, a long and a short. The 42-foot long pattern has just 7.16 mL of oil, while the 32-foot short pattern has 7.104 mL of oil. By comparison, most patterns on the PBA Tour have somewhere between 25 and 35 mL of oil.

The 2020 event gets underway live on FloBowling on Monday with the first round of qualifying on the long pattern. Tuesday’s second round will take place on the short pattern, while Wednesday’s final round of qualifying will be contested on mixed patterns.

After the three six-game rounds of qualifying, the top 25 percent of the boys field and top 25 percent of the girls field will advance to a fourth six-game round of qualifying.

The top 18 boys and 18 girls will bowl in the round robin match play finals starting Thursday afternoon and continuing through Friday. The players with the highest pinfall in each division will be crowned champions.

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