Nation's largest youth tournaments return to Indy

The biggest youth bowling tournaments in the nation, the USBC Junior Gold Championships and the USBC Youth Open, will return to Indianapolis in 2012.

Woodland Bowl, Western Bowl and Expo Bowl will be the host centers for Junior Gold with the semifinals and finals to be contested at Woodland Bowl. Expo Bowl will be the site of the Youth Open.

The three centers played host to the events in 2009 and 2010.

"Indianapolis has been a popular destination for our youth bowlers," International Bowling Campus Director of Youth Development Chad Murphy said. "The staff at Royal Pin, which operates the centers, has done a tremendous job with our events and we look forward to again working with the centers on these outstanding events."

The Junior Gold Championships will run July 14-20, 2012. The Youth Open is scheduled for July 13-29, 2012.

The Western Bowl also will host the Survivor Tournament, a side event open to any USBC Youth bowler, in addition to Junior Gold qualifying.

The USBC Junior Gold Championships features the elite youth bowlers in the nation competing for national titles and spots on Junior Team USA. The tournament awarded $125,000 in scholarships to participants last year. To learn more about the Junior Gold Championships, click here.

The USBC Youth Open, which awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships last year, is the national championship for youth bowlers. The tournament is open to all USBC Youth members and there is no qualifying. It has four average-based divisions and bowlers are placed into a division based on skill, not age or gender. Each participant bowls nine games - three games each of singles, doubles and four-player team. For more information on the Youth Open, click here