Two Cut Bank youth bowlers are heading to national competitions but they need your help! Saturday, May 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Moose Lodge is holding a spaghetti fundraising dinner for Jeremy Gallagher and Jacqualyn McMullan. The duo qualified for the National Junior Gold Bowling Tournament in Detroit, MI, which will be held July 14-20.
In addition to the dinner, which is $20 per plate, there will also be a silent auction, which all proceeds going to help cover Jeremy and Jacqualyn’s expenses to the national competition.
This will be Jeremy’s second trip to the national contest. He will also be competing at the Teen Masters Bowling Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on June 29-July 5.
A freshman at Cut Bank High School, Jeremy is the son of Donnie and Jodi Gallagher. Jacqualyn, an eighth grader at Cut Bank Middle School, was an alternate to the event last year. She is the daughter of Bill and Trudy McMullan. Both youth bowlers earned a trip to the 2019 National Junior Gold Bowling Tournament with their qualifying finishes at the Montana Pepsi Youth Bowling Championship, which was held in Missoula on April 6-7.
Jeremy placed fourth in the U-15 division, while Jacqualyn placed second in the U-15 division, which qualified them for the national event.
Glacier Lanes is where both bowlers have perfected their game, with the help of owners J.W. and Lynn Eaton. According to J.W., attending the national event is expensive. He estimated it will cost each bowler approximately $4,000 to make the trip, but both will be competing for college scholarships while there, he added.
Both Jeremy and Jacqualyn started bowling at young ages and have racked up many awards and honors. This was Jeremy’s third year of competing at the Montana event and the second year he has qualified for national competitions. His bowling prowess has already earned him several post-secondary college scholarships. He competes in several sports, but bowling is his favorite.
Jacqualyn is a relative newcomer to Cut Bank, having moved here with her family in December 2017 from Australia. She started bowling when she was five and was quick to join the junior bowling league at Glacier Lanes upon the family’s arrival. She is an excellent student in the classroom and also excels in music, playing viola, flute, guitar, piano, clarinet and percussion instruments.
If you would like to help these young bowlers with their expenses, but are unable to attend the fundraiser on May 10, you can donate to:
•Jeremy’s savings account at First Liberty Credit Union.
•Jacqualyn’s savings account at First Interstate Bank.