Field narrows to 16 boys and 16 girls at USBC Junior Gold Championships


    USBC Youth

    2011JGCGaryFaulkner.jpgThe week started with 1,648 of the top youth bowlers in the country and now the field has been trimmed to the top 16 boys and top 16 girls for Friday's finals at the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships presented by Brunswick.

    With 16 games remaining, Gary Faulkner (pictured left) of Memphis, Tenn., took a commanding lead in the boys division, while Holly Harris of Long Prairie, Minn., holds a slim lead in the girls division at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.

    Faulkner dominated the boys field in Thursday's semifinals, averaging nearly 244 for 12 games and now has a 30-game total of 6,753, an average of 231.7. He holds a 220-pin lead over Cameron Weier of Federal Way, Wash.

    "I have been hurt and haven't been able to practice; I could barely get throw a game two weeks ago," said Faulkner, 20, a senior at Webber International who has been battling a left leg injury for over a year. "Physically I actually felt good today. The more I bowled, the better it felt."

    2011JGCHollyHarris.jpgIn the girls division, Harris (pictured right) has totaled 6,280 for 30 games, an average of 209.3, and leads Natalie Jimenez of Rowland Heights, Mich., by 20 pins.

    "I feel awesome with the position I am in," said Harris, who bowls collegiately for Wichita State. "I bowled well today. I struggled yesterday, and I just wanted to redeem myself. I just took a lot of breaths and stayed slow."

    A total of 145 boys and 72 girls advanced to Thursday's semifinals, but only the final 16 in each division moved on to Friday's round-robin match-play finals, which will be broadcast live on

    In addition to national titles and scholarships, the Junior Gold Championships awards spots on Junior Team USA. The top four male and top four female finishers after match-play competition will automatically qualify for Junior Team USA 2012, and the National Selection Committee will award four at-large spots - two male, two female - from the pool of athletes that make match-play finals.

    USBC Youth members who meet the average requirement (175 or higher for boys, 150 or higher for girls) can join the Junior Gold program and are then eligible to qualify for the USBC Junior Gold Championships.


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    USBC Junior Gold Championships - Standings after 30 games

    The top 16 advance to round robin match play

    Boys Division
    1, Gary Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn., 6,753
    2, Cameron Weier, Federal Way, Wash., 6,533
    3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6,480
    4, A.J. Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 6,440
    5, Kyle Anderson, Lockport, Ill., 6,404
    6, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 6,393
    7, Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, 6,292
    8, Graham Fach, Guelph, Ontario, 6,291
    9, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6,289
    10, Andrew Koff, Miami, 6,268
    11, Tyler Vostry, Plainfield, Ill., 6,251
    12, Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 6,250
    13, James Koss, Brighton, Mich., 6,234
    14, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 6,232
    15, Jacob Kent, Newark, N.Y., 6,215
    16, Jakob Butturff, Henderson, Nev., 6,203

    Girls Division
    1, Holly Harris, Long Prairie, Minn., 6,280
    2, Natalie Jimenez, Rowland Heights, Calif., 6,260
    3, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 6,184
    4, Jessica Earnest, Vandalia, Ill., 6,171
    5, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 6,144
    6, Melanie Hannon, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 6,080
    7, Olivia Wirtz, Battle Creek, Mich., 6,069
    8, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 6,064
    9, Emily Lynn Huddleston, Omaha, Neb., 6,061
    10, Brandy Hensley, Corpus Christi, Texas, 6,010
    11, Kelsey Muther, Topeka, Kan., 5,995
    12, Andreya Teuber, Swartz Creek, Mich., 5,988
    13, Nicole Trudell, Coventry, R.I., 5,978
    14, Kaitlin Quinn, Livonia, N.Y., 5,972
    15, Addileen Pointer, Highland, Mich., 5,958
    16, Amanda LaBossiere, Buzzards Bay, Mass., 5,954


    2011 USBC Junior Gold Championships Results

    Boys after 30 games
    Girls after 30 games
    Boys after 24 games
    Girls after 24 games
    Boys after 18 games
    Girls after 18 games
    Boys after 12 games
    Girls after 12 games
    Boys after six games
    Girls after six games