The event brought over 4,000 elite male and female youth bowlers nationwide to the motor city for a chance at the Junior Gold crown and a spot on Junior Team USA. The event was split into eight separate divisions based on age and gender. All seven Mount Bowlers competed in the U20 girls division, which fielded a group of 440 competitors.
After 16 games of qualifying spread out over the course of four days at four different centers, the field of 440 was cut to the top-63 based on total pin-fall. Dodson (39th), Stanton (51st), and Milo (58th) all made it to onto the advancers round. Other Mount finishers included Barbara Hawes (116th), Ashley Santos (136th), Amanda Yeung (167th), and Kayla Durbala (288th).
Following five additional games for the top-63 qualifiers, which added onto their previous total, the field was cut to the top-32. Milo ended up finishing 62nd, while Stanton (20th) and Dodson (24th) moved onto the next round. A huge 279 game for Stanton in game four of the advancers round aided her big jump in the standings.
Five more games later, the field was once again cut, this time to the final 16 for bracket match play. Dodson ended up finishing 27th, while Stanton moved her way up 14th to earn her spot in the bracket. In her first match of a double elimination bracket, Stanton took a narrow 331-311 defeat at the hands of Elise Chambers, the third-overall seed in qualifying. Stanton then dropped to the losers bracket, where she was eliminated from the tournament with a 375-321 defeat at the hands of Cassidy Courey, the 11-seed.
"This year's Junior Gold competition showed the improvement of our team from a year ago, along with the bright future ahead," said head coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "Last year, Rebecca was the only one to make it thru the initial cut. To have three of our bowlers make up the top-63, two in the top-32, and then see Tamera make it all the way to the championship bracket was rewarding as their coach. I am beyond proud of how all of them competed and represented our university. They have set the tone for what we expect to be an exciting 2019-20 season."
Competition for the upcoming season will begin October 12-13 at the Bud Whitman Memorial in Reading, Pa.