Bowling's top youth events merge August 23, 2011 ARLINGTON, Texas – The two largest youth scholarship tournaments in the nation have joined to develop an unprecedented opportunity for youth bowlers in the creation of the $250,000 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships presented by Brunswick. The North Pointe Junior Gold Championships is made possible by the merger of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Junior Gold Championships and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America’s (BPAA) North Pointe High School Singles Championships into one event.The new North Pointe Junior Gold Championships will feature some significant changes for the tournament and USBC Junior Gold membership including:• USBC Junior Gold membership no longer will have a minimum average requirement• The North Pointe Junior Gold Championships will have two age divisions – 20 and under, 15 and under – for both boys and girls. “The creation of the North Pointe Junior Gold Championships is a remarkable example of bowling’s membership organizations and leading sponsors coming together to make a change that benefits the kids,” International Bowling Campus (IBC) Director of Youth Development Chad Murphy said. “We now have a significant event for children 15 and under, which is a critical development age, preserved the opportunities for older teens and opened the benefits of Junior Gold membership to all youth bowlers.”North Pointe Insurance is the nation's largest insurer of independent bowling centers. In addition to its sponsorship of the Junior Gold Championships, North Pointe has made a multi-year commitment to the Youth Education Services (YES) Fund and will be recognized as a YES Fund founding partner.The North Pointe Junior Gold Championships will continue to be open to youth bowlers who qualify throughout the season at regional Junior Gold events around country and will feature automatic bids to Junior Team USA as part of the competition. The event will be held in Indianapolis in July 2012, in conjunction with the USBC Youth Open.For more information on the North Pointe Junior Gold Championships, click here.