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2015 Teen Masters Champions Brandon Soedarmasto
and Brigitte Jacobs each won a $7,500  Teen Masters
scholarship in addition to scholarship prizes from Dexter
earned for competitions during the multi-day event.
Photo Courtesy of Bowlers Journal International.

Since 1997, Teen Masters has brought youth bowlers from all over the country together for an unforgettable experience filled with competition, challenge and camaraderie. This year, Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, New York and Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Illinois won the Boys’ and Girls’ championships respectively, with Battlefield, Missouri’s Trey Brand and Wooster, Ohio’s Allie Leiendecker clinching the 14-and-under category for their genders. Thirteen-year-old Brand, competing at his first Teen Masters, also made a very impressive showing in the Boys’ title match, placing second to Soedarmasto.

Dexter has been a proud sponsor of the Teen Masters for 18 years, and recently awarded $5,000 in scholarship funds at this summer’s event at South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas as part of the Dexter Leaders Challenge Program.

“I am very impressed by the focus and dedication I see in these young bowlers each year.  When these kids hit the lanes at the Teen Masters, it’s evident that they are constantly working on their game, honing their skills throughout the entire year,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Dexter’s Vice President. “We’ve been a proud partner of this event since 1998 and are pleased to help these student athletes toward their college education with our Dexter’s Leaders Challenge scholarship prizes.”

Congratulations to the following 10 bowlers who won scholarships from Dexter for top performance in the categories below at this year’s Teen Masters:


Day One:  Long Oil

Jarek Vincent of Fort Smith, Arkansas: $500
Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, New York: $250
Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Illinois: $500
Krystina Nealon of Coral Springs, Florida: $250

Day Two:  Short Oil

Justin Wisler of Davenport, Florida:  $500
Jacob Yoder of Wooster, Ohio: $250
Paige Beeney of Salado, Texas: $500
Heather Duncan of Middleburg, Florida: $125
Christie Draper of McKinney, Texas: $125

Day Three:  Mixed Pairs

Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, New York: $500
Trey Brand of Battlefield, Missouri: $250
Krystina Nealon of Coral Springs, Florida: $500
Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Illinois: $250

All Events Bonus

Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, New York: $250
Paige Beeney of Salado, Texas: $250

Founded by Gary B. Beck in 1997, Teen Masters celebrates the challenge of competition, the rigors of discipline and the values of perseverance, sportsmanship and camaraderie among youth bowlers across the country. Each year college scholarships are awarded to the champions and runners up.
Dexter, a proud partner of this event since 1998, offers our warmest congratulations to all of the 2015 Teen Masters competitors and winners. For information about the 2016 event, visit



Dexter and the United States Bowling Congress proudly announce the 10 student-athletes who have been named to the 2014-2015 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team:

Jonathan Bowman, Senior, Peru Central High School, Peru, New York
In addition to being named the New York State Public High School Athletic Association singles champion, Jonathan led his school to the Section VII team title during his senior year. He set conference records for high game, high series, and high average and was an all-section selection each year of his high school bowling career.

Samantha Gainor, Junior, L’Anse Creuse High School-North, Chesterfield Township, Michigan
The top qualifier at the state singles championship this year, Samantha also earned all-state honors. A three-time state qualifier, she won the regional title her sophomore year and took second place in the regionals this year.

Jerod Hromek, Junior, Circle High School, Towanda, Kansas
The winner of the Kansas High School Activities Individual State bowling title for two consecutive years, Jerod helped his team to victory in clinching the state title this year. Selected to the 1-4A all-state team the last two years, Jerod has a 3.64 grade-point average and has been a member of the honor roll for the past three years.

Joe Kleven, Senior, Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, Edina, Minnesota
An all-conference performer for Benilde-St. Margaret’s School each of his four years on the bowling team, Joe earned Minnesota High School Bowling All-State honors in his senior year. He is also an Eagle Scout and member of the National Honor Society.

Keri Molloy, Senior, Sandusky High School, Sandusky, Michigan
A first-team all-state performer in her junior and senior year, Keri was the second-place qualifier in state singles this year. Her contributions to the Sandusky High School team helped earn the squad the state title in 2012, a second-place finish at state in 2013, and a regional title for the past four years.

Jordan Newham, Senior, Metea Valley High School, Aurora, Illinois
An all-conference selection for all four of her years at Metea Valley High School, Jordan took third in state and helped her school to its first state appearance last year, and placed seventh in state as a senior. She also earned all-conference academic honors during her junior and senior years.

Casey Smith, Senior, Chittenango High School, Chittenango, New York
Winner of the Section 3 Individual Championships, Casey took third place in this year’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association state tournament. Together with her teammates on the Section 3 All-Star team, she won the state title in 2014 and finished third in 2015.

Bradley Solomon, Junior, O’Fallon Township High School, O’Fallon, Illinois
Named to the academic all-conference team, Bradley was also selected first team all-area this year. A member of the O’Fallon Panthers squad that placed third in 2014, he led his team to a fifth-place finish in the 2015 state tournament.

 Gregory Tack, Senior, Immaculata High School, Port Murray, New Jersey
Honored by several area publications with the distinction of High School Bowler of the Year, Gregory placed second in the individual state tournament his senior year and helped the Immaculata Spartans to the state title in 2014. He plans to attend college at Florida State University, where he hopes to continue his bowling career.

Amanda Wengryn, Senior, South Hunterdon Regional High School, Ringoes, New Jersey
Captain of the South Hunterdon Regional High School team for the past three years, Amanda earned second team all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior. In the tri-county tournament, she took third place as a junior and eighth place as a senior.

“This year is especially important to us as it marks the 10th team in the history of the All-American Team program,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter, the brand sponsor for the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team since its inception during the 2005-2006 season. “I’m amazed by the talented and dedicated young people I’ve met over the past decade, and extremely pleased that many of our team members intend to continue to pursue bowling as part of their college experience.”

“We appreciate Dexter Bowling’s support of high school bowling over the last decade,” Chad Murphy, USBC Executive Director added. “Selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American Team is one of the most prestigious honors a high school bowler can receive and we congratulate those selected to this year’s team.”
Every year, five boys and five girls are selected from high schools across the country for the All-American Team.  In order to be eligible for consideration, bowlers must be nominated by their coach or athletic director, provide a letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay, and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average as well as a high level of dedication to their community. Each member of the 2014-2015 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will be honored for their achievement at the Junior Gold Championships in Illinois this July.

For more information on the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team program, please visit







HOT SHOT: At Only Age Six, This Young Bowler is Already Amazing

Jaydon with trophiesfinal

Jaydon with two of his most recent awards.
Photo courtesy of Cleo Kushen


While some six year olds are trying to count to 200, Jaydon Kushen has already bowled it. The kindergarten student has wowed his family as well as his fellow bowlers and the staff at his local bowling center with his stellar skills – and his personal record high of 204.

Though he won’t even start the first grade for a few more months, Jaydon has been going up against 12-year-olds in youth leagues since the age of 4, and he also competes in an adult league. His keen problem solving, and unique, adaptive style (he bowls left, right, and two-handed, like one of his heroes, Jason Belmonte) demonstrate an adept level of skill and talent well beyond his years.

Jaydon’s affinity for bowling came from his grandparents – his grandfather was an avid bowler, who didn’t stop taking on the lanes even after the loss of both of his legs, and the love of the sport has been shared by each generation. “He just took off.” His mother Cleo says of Jaydon’s first trip to a bowling center at age 2. “He used bumpers for about 3 months then that was it – he just soared.”

Jaydon, who bowls 4 to 5 times a week and enjoys every minute of it, is bound for great things. In fact, his goal is to be the youngest member of the PBA. And from the looks of this video clip of Jaydon in action at Brunswick Thousand Oaks Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, it looks like he is well on his way:
Video link courtesy of Cleo Kushen


LOCAL FAVOR: Jason Belmonte Donates His Orange Open Winnings to Hometown Youth Bowlers


Photo courtesy of Jason Belmonte official fan facebook page

Once a year, Jason Belmonte gets the rare opportunity to bowl back in his hometown in Australia in front of friends and family, on lanes that are particularly close to his heart. The Orange Tenpin Bowl in Orange, New South Wales is not only the home of the Audi-QubicaAMF Orange Open, but is the place where a very young Jason first learned to bowl, when his parents, Aldo and Marisa, opened its doors over 30 years ago.

As the excitement built up in the days leading up to the May 3rd Orange Open, local hero Jason vowed to donate any winnings he would earn from the tournament to the Orange Junior Cup, a youth bowling competition to be held at the Orange Tenpin Bowl this November.

In the end, the Dexter pro staff member and back-to-back PBA Player of the Year placed second in the tournament, behind Scott Robertson, netting $1,000 that will go directly to boost the prize fund of the Orange Junior Cup in the fall.

“Sorry it wasn’t a little more, guys. Blame Scott for beating me,” he quipped lightheartedly on his facebook page on Sunday.

Thanks to Jason, bowlers facing off at the Orange Junior Cup at the Orange Tenpin Bowl on November 28 and 29th will be competing for a larger than usual prize, due to the kindness of a world-class bowler whose heart remains in the community where he first achieved greatness years ago.

Wes Malott Defends Doubles Title with Partner
Norm Duke, Clinches Future Hall of Fame Ballot


Wes Malott has a lot
to celebrate.

Photo courtesy of PBA


Bowling fans who caught ESPN’s broadcast of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship earlier this month witnessed a banner day for Wes Malott, who not only won the tournament for the second consecutive time with partner Norm Duke, but also qualified for future PBA Hall of Fame eligibility.

Malott and Duke squared off against Dom Barrett of England and Finland’s Osku Palermaa at the finals held at Indianapolis’ Woodland Bowl in mid-February, defeating the pair, 228-203.

The winning duo, who are separated by six inches in height, also won the event the last time it was held in 2011. This year’s victory marked the 10th career title for Malott, making him eligible for Hall of Fame consideration in seven years, following the conclusion of his 20th year in the PBA. Duke, who joined the PBA in 1989, was inducted into the HOF in 2009.

A member of the Dexter pro staff and the PBA’s 2008-2009 Player of the Year, Malott was wearing his Dexter SST 8s at the doubles championship victory as he bowled his way to earning a shot at bowling immortality.

Dexter would like to congratulate Wes for both the win and the achievement of this impressive milestone!

A Talented Young Bowler Gets Tips, and Some Tough Competition from Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

Photo credit: PBA

Photo credit: PBA

For 14-year old Matthew Brauckman, the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis to see the 50th Tournament of Champions live and meet his favorite professional bowler was a dream come true. But when the competitive youth bowler went one-on-one in a match with his all-time bowling idol, something that he never would have expected happened.

Thanks to a grant from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Matt, an avid bowler who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, traveled from Iowa along with his parents and bowling teammate Tyler Mohr  to Indianapolis for a five-day bowling experience in mid-February. While there, Matt, an accomplished tournament bowler who finished 9th in his division last year, experienced the competition at the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions up-close from his VIP seat at the Woodland Bowl, and got to compete along with Tyler in a Pro-Am tournament.

The most memorable part of the trip was meeting Walter Ray Williams, Jr., who shared his expertise and words of wisdom with Matt prior to their practice round and a one-on-one match. Matt, who has an impressive 176 average, wowed Walter Ray with his timing, technique and quick ability to put into practice some of the tips he learned before their game. At the end of the match, Matt emerged victorious, with a close 213-206 finish.

“He’s the best ever in my opinion,” Matt told the PBA of Walter Ray. “I’ve always admired his game and how he throws the ball. Just to be able to bowl with him was great, but to beat him was something I didn’t expect.”

Dexter is proud to have a wonderful role model like Walter Ray on our pro team, and we are thrilled that Matt had such an unforgettable experience during his trip to Indianapolis. To learn more about Matt, visit Winning with Matt, the facebook page his family and friends have established to share news of his progress, fundraising events and experiences.

Walter Ray Williams, Jr., the PBA's leading title holder, and Matt Brauckman, a 14 year old with a 176 average, shared a great game of bowling at the site of the TOC in February. All photos in this story are courtesy of the PBA.

Walter Ray Williams, Jr., the PBA’s leading title holder, and Matt Brauckman, a 14 year old from Carroll, Iowa with a 176 average, shared a great game of bowling at the site of the TOC in February.

All photos in this story are courtesy of the PBA.


A Triple Threat: Jason Belmonte Sets New Masters Record

With only a few short weeks of 2015 underway, Jason Belmonte once again has something to celebrate. On the heels of his recent Player of the Year honor, the Australian-born phenom continues to make history – this time with a record-breaking third consecutive USBC Masters title under his belt. Belmo clinched the victory this past Sunday, February 8, at the Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wisconsin, making him the only bowler in the history of the United States Bowling Congress Masters competition to win the title three years straight. The tournament was broadcast on live TV via ESPN, making this an especially exciting – and pressure-filled – competition for the Team Dexter bowler. In addition, Belmonte is now only the second bowler to win the USBC Masters title three times, putting him in the company of Mike Aulby, the USBC Hall of Famer who won the Masters in 1989, ‘95 and ‘98. The two have even more in common, both being former Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year winners. The first USBC Masters tournament was held in 1951.

Sweet Victory. Jason Belmonte earned his third
consecutive USBC Masters trophy on Sunday.
Photo courtesy of the PBA.

Jason Belmonte Earns Second Straight Player of the Year Award

Just five years after being named PBA Rookie of the Year in his inaugural 2008-2009 season, Jason Belmonte has already achieved the honor of the GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year for the second year in a row. The two-handed-bowling dynamo and Team Dexter staff pro from Orange, New South Wales, Australia is only the sixth bowler in PBA history to win back-to-back POY awards, and also boasts the rare and impressive feat of taking consecutive honors at the USBC Masters, which he achieved with titles in 2013 and 2014. Among other highlights of his stellar 2014 season, Jason took home the top prize at the Oklahoma Open and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

With an ever-increasing number of titles, accolades and awards to celebrate in his exciting young career, Belmo’s brilliant star continues to rise.

Congratulations, Jason, from all of us at Dexter!

photo courtesy of the PBA

Announcing the 2014 Teen Masters Winners

Kelly Skalacki and Michael Coffey. Photo Courtesy of PBA.

Kelly Skalacki and Michael Coffey.
Photo Courtesy of PBA

The July 4th holiday weekend marked an especially exciting time of celebration for two of America’s talented young bowlers – Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Florida, and Kelly Skalacki of Coram, New York, the respective boys’ and girls’ winners of the 2014 Teen Masters Championships.

The annual competition, which culminated in the finals on July 5th, brought 277 young male and female bowlers to Fort Lauderdale’s Sawgrass Lanes for an intensive competition of qualifying rounds.

Dexter, a longtime champion of youth and teen bowling and a proud sponsor of the Teen Masters event for the past 17 years, would like to congratulate Michael and Kelly, who each won a $7,500 scholarship for taking top honors for their gender. Special acknowledgement also goes to 2013-2014 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team Member Jessica Mellott of Lauderhill, Florida, the third-place winner in the girls’ competition.

The annual Teen Masters competition also includes an under age 14 component. Based on qualifying scores, Jorge Rodriguez of Yauco, Puerto Rico and Jenna Williams of Homosassa, Florida were the respective boys’ and girls’ winners in the U14 category.

Founded by Gary B. Beck in 1997, Teen Masters celebrates the challenge of competition, the rigors of discipline and the values of perseverance, sportsmanship and camaraderie among youth bowlers across the country.Each year college scholarships are awarded to the champions and runners up.

World-renowned pro bowlers, including Team Dexter’s Mike Fagan, (1997 Teen Masters Champion) have won this prestigious honor during their high school career before catapulting into college and professional success.

Dexter, a proud partner of this event since 1998, offers our warmest congratulations to all of the 2014 Teen Masters competitors and winners.


Announcing the 2013-2014 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team


The official team photo, as featured in an ad
in the latest version of Bowler’s Journal.

For the ninth year, Dexter Bowling is pleased to announce its selection of the annual Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team. This prestigious honor recognizes elite young student bowlers who excel in bowling and academics and are active members of their communities.

The following 10 outstanding student-athletes have been selected to the 2013-2014 Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team:

Haley Carroll, Junior, Williamsville South High School, Williamsville, New York
Kendall De Jong, Senior, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, Virginia
Michael Dertz, Senior, Victor J. Andrew High School, Tinley Park, Illinois
Derick Holmes, Senior, Wichita Southeast High School, Wichita, Kansas
Sierra Kanemoto, Senior, Walter E. Stebbins High School, Dayton, Ohio
Jessica Mellott, Senior, Coral Springs Charter School, Lauderhill, Florida
Joey Miller, Senior, Harlem High School, Loves Park, Illinois
Krystina Nealon, Junior, Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs, Florida
Paul Brendan Schink, Junior, Wilson Christian Academy, Dravosburg, Pennsylvania
Alex Sommer, Senior, Guilford High School, Rockford, Illinois

In celebration of this accomplishment, each of these 10 honorees will receive a $1,000 scholarship. They will also be recognized for their achievements at the upcoming Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo, New York this July.

Extra special congratulations goes out to Derick Holmes and Sierra Kanemoto, two of only seven bowlers in the history of the Dexter/USBC All-American Team to be elected to the team for two consecutive seasons. As evidenced in their top rankings in their respective graduating classes, these exceptional bowlers exhibit the utmost commitment to their studies as well.

Chad Murphy, USBC Interim Executive Director and the International Bowling Campus Managing Director of Youth Development, said, “Dexter Bowling has been a great supporter of high school bowling for many years, and selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American Team is one of the top honors a high school bowler can receive.”

To be eligible for consideration for selection to the Dexter/USBC All-American team, student athletes must be nominated by their coach or athletic director, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (based on a 4.0 scale) and provide a letter of recommendation as well as a 500-word essay. Five girls and five boys are elected to the team each year.

“Dexter is proud to recognize these 10 bowlers who not only have been successful on the lanes, but also in the classroom and in their communities,” said Bud Clapsaddle, Vice President of Dexter Bowling. “Each year it’s so inspiring to see this future generation of leaders who are dedicated ambassadors in the world of bowling.”