The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced on Thursday that York County will play host to the 2017 Pennsylvania State United States Bowling Congress Pepsi Youth Championships.
The event will bring some of the state’s best young bowlers to Suburban Bowlerama in York Township from May 6-7, 2017. Acording to the YCCVB, the tournament is estimated to generate about $167,000 in economic impact for the county.
York County is familiar territory for the Pepsi Youth Championships, which were also held here in 2015 and 2008. About 600 participants, ranging in age from 8 through 20, will fill the lanes at Suburban Bowlerama.
“We’re excited to return to York County for the 2017 Pennsylvania State USBC Pepsi Youth Championships. With several qualifying centers, the region is a proven host site,” said Jay Daryman, association manager for Pennsylvania State USBC Youth. “The Suburban Bowlerama is an ideal fit for us, and the York County CVB has been a valuable partner in assisting us with housing needs and more.”
The event will feature the Pepsi Championships, a scratch singles event, and a handicap scholarship singles tournament. Both boys and girls will compete. Bowlers must advance through league-level and then district-level qualifiers to make it to York County for the state finals.
Statewide, the Pepsi Championships will award $48,000 in scholarships, with $28,000 coming at the state finals. The handicap event will award $18,000 in scholarships —– $8,000 at districts and another $10,000 at the state finals.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting next year’s Pepsi Youth Championships. It’s a chance to showcase the Suburban Bowlerama, one of the finest independently owned bowling centers in the country,” said Jim Plessinger, general manager of the bowling center. “The entire York County community benefits when we attract events of this caliber.”
The YCCVB's Sport York program is designed to recruit events and generate additional economic impact in York County.