SEBRING- Sebring High School sophomore and avid bowler David Daniels earned bragging rights and more than $1,100 in scholarship money in youth bowling tournaments in Detroit in July.
He placed third in the singles competition for 15 years and under at the USBC Youth Open Championships and fifth place for all events.
The four-member team of Daniels, Dakota Daniels, Kendle Miles and Tyler James, who are all friends and decided to cobble up a team, bowled second place in the scratch tournament for 20-year-olds and under, notching up a score of 2,677.
While the USBC Youth Open is open to all youth league bowlers, the 2013 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships, which was also held in Detroit in July, is for contestants who qualify.
Daniels placed 27th out of 316 bowlers for the 15 years and under group.
The packed schedule meant that Daniels had to bowl a lot in various bowling alleys.
What also ended up happening is that Detroit was unseasonably warm this July, and some of the bowling alleys had broken air-conditioning units.
Despite the occasional discomfort, Daniels was pleased with his performance.
"I'm happy. Obviously, I wish I would have gotten first place," he said.
This 15-year-old won't have to worry about paying for college. So far, he's racked up almost $9,000 in scholarship money bowling, he said.