Enid will be the center of youth bowling in Oklahoma the next three weekends.

Some 188 teams are scheduled to compete the next three weekends in the United States Bowling Congress State Tournament at Oakwood Bowl.

The tournament started Friday night with squads competing in team, singles and doubles competition. The action continues today and Sunday.

A different group of teams competes each weekend. The participants range from ages 5 to 18. Scoring is done on an handicap basis (based on the player’s average).

Oakwood Bowl made a successful bid for the tournament at the state meeting. The bowling center usually hosts the tournament every three years.

There are 15 local teams entered.

“We love having this tournament in Enid,’’ said Oakwood youth director Sandy Tate. “It brings a lot of business. I have a lot of faith our kids are going to do real good this year. They know what their shot is going to be like here compared to other houses. Every bowling center is different.’’

Oakwood manager Gary Tate expects a high level of competition.

“We have some really good bowlers in the state of Oklahoma,’’ he said. “I would say we have three to four dozen bowlers from 16-18 that are almost pro quality bowlers, they’re that good. It’s great that our youth bowlers get to compete in a tournament of this caliber at home.’’

Competitors will compete for college scholarship money. How much, Sandy Tate said, will be determined by entry fees.

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