Youth bowlers from Black Diamond Lanes had a golden glow about them at the five-pin provincial finals.
At the championships, held earlier this month in Kelowna and Vernon, players from the local house combined to win one singles title and two team titles and qualified for nationals in the process.
Gold in singles competition went to Jordan Arnett. In the junior boys division, he rolled a five-game total of 1,247, which gave him a 13-pin victory over Josh Burgmann of Nanaimo. Arnett's scores were 276, 232, 229, 237 and 273 for an average of 249.
In team play, the Black Diamond senior girls and junior girls were both unbeatable. The senior girls -- Jenny Browne, Caitlin Oakley, Deanna Montgomery and Tiana Tecson -- beat a Vernon foursome for top spot. The P.G. quartet posted a four-game score of 3,460, while the Vernon team finished at 3,265. The game totals for Browne and company were 811, 884, 870 and 895.
As for the Black Diamond junior girls, they ended their four games with a score of 3,187, well in front of the second-place team from Port Coquitlam (2,943). The Black Diamond team is formed by Kassidy Johnson, Megan Reimer, Lezzyl Aquino and Paige Meise. Together, they rolled game scores of 772, 741, 806 and 868.
A third Black Diamond team, the junior boys, also struck for a medal at provincials. Reed Jackson, Ryan Kennedy, Nigel Thompson and Gage Reimer were on target for bronze with a four-game point total of 2,843. They finished behind teams from Port Coquitlam (3,254) and Surrey (2,920). Black Diamond's game scores were 703, 656, 819 and 665.
Arnett and the Black Diamond senior and junior girls won't have to travel far for nationals. They will be held in the Greater Vancouver area May 4-6.