Kodiak youth Dustin Swearingin started his run at the Junior Gold Championships on Monday in Chicago, Illinois.

Swearingin, 15, produced a five-game bowling average of 145.60 — nearly 50 pins below his average — during the first qualifying round.

The rising Kodiak High School sophomore recorded scores of 169, 143, 194, 99 and 123, which placed him 376th out of 455 bowlers in the U15 Boys division.

The top roller, Jorge Rodriquez out of Puerto Rico finished with an average of 222.50 — one of 13 who had an average of more than 200.

Swearingin bowled another qualifying round on Tuesday and will roll his last round today.

The Junior Gold Championships is the largest youth bowling tournament in the nation.

Competitors can earn college scholarships and a chance to be a member of Junior Team USA.

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