Detroit, Mich. – Seven student-athletes from the Mount St. Mary's University women's bowling team will compete in the prestigious Junior Gold Championships, set to take place July 15-20 throughout the Metro Detroit area.
Incoming freshman Amanda Yeung will join rising sophomores Rebecca Dodson, Kayla Durbala, Barbara Hawes, Danielle Milo, Ashley Santos, and Tamera Stanton in the event's U20 division. 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 offers youth bowlers the opportunity to earn a spot on Junior Team USA.
"I am excited to see how our bowler's compete in this year's Junior Gold Championships," said head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "This has and always will be a challenging event. The lane patterns are just as tough, if not tougher, than what we see on the collegiate circuit and the need for a strong mental game is at an all-time high. Hopefully a year of collegiate bowling will help our returner's competing and Amanda has been here before and shown signs of success. It's a completely different feeling watching as a spectator and not as a coach, but I am confident in their abilities to use previous experiences to assist them in transition and lane play."
The event, organized by the United States Bowling Congress, will begin with two days of practice sessions on July 13 and 14 before competition begins. From July 15-18, bowlers will complete four games each day for 16 total games of qualifying. July 19 and 20 will conclude the tournament with continuous advancer rounds until a champion is crowned.
Last year, the U20 girls division alone brought 856 competitors to Dallas, Texas. Next year, the event will commence July 11-18 in Indianapolis, Ind. This will be the event's third stint in the Metro Detroit area and the first time there since 2013. Detroit will also serve as the host city of the 2020 NCAA National Championships April 9-11.