Dallas, Texas – Incoming freshmen Erin Burkart, Rebecca Dodson, Kayla Durbala, Barbara Hawes, Ashley Santos and Tamera Stanton of the Mount St. Mary's University women's bowling team will be competing in the prestigious Junior Gold Championships set to take place July 14-21 in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.
Since 1998, the Junior Gold Championships have served as a national tournament for the best male and female bowlers in the United States. The tournament awards scholarships and youth bowlers competing in the U20 division the opportunity to earn a spot on Junior Team USA.
"Junior Gold is as tough as it gets for a youth bowler in terms of both competition and lane play," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "They are going to see some difficult lane patterns that will prepare them well for the collegiate circuit. Spare shooting and a strong mental game is usually the difference in final standings. I wish our incoming freshmen the best of luck."
The event, organized by the United States Bowling Congress, will begin with two days of practice sessions on July 14 and 15 before competition begins. From July 16-19, bowlers will complete four games each day for 16 total games of qualifying. July 20 and 21 will conclude the tournament with continuous advancer rounds until a champion is crowned.
Last year, the U20 girls division alone brought 840 competitors to Cleveland, Ohio. Future announced site locations for the Junior Gold Championships include Detroit in 2019 and Indianapolis in 2020. This will be the event's second stint in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the first time there since 2004.