Aug. 24, 2012
LAS VEGAS---After several days of knocking on the door of the medal stand at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships, Vanderbilt's assistant bowling coach Josie Earnest decided to just kick the door down.
Earnest and her gifted Team USA teammates won the Gold Medal Friday as two days of team competition ended. And after winning about 30 junior international medals, the majority of which are gold, the notion of winning her first adult gold medal was memorable.
"This has really been a cool experience," Earnest says. "To think that I won a gold medal on a team of superstars that I grew up watching is really special to me."
Team USA broke open a tight battle with Mexico in the day's second game with a powerful barrage of strikes that produced a 1,248 pin count and cruised to victory. The United States lineup was a Dream Team of sorts with Earnest in the lead-off slot and followed by Leanne Hulsenberg, Diandra Asbaty, Stephanie Nation and Liz Johnson.
Friday's team competition also filled out the last slot in the All Events category and Josie rose a notch into fifth with a 217.54 average for the week. That trailed Johnson's dominating 226.13 average that won the category and Nation's 221.50 that was second.
The field of 90 gets trimmed Saturday to 24, all of whom will bowl six games before a cut is made to the top eight. Those eight then have a round-robin match play with a cut to the final four following. At that point there is a championship bracket to determine the Masters champion.
As Earnest summarized, if you make the cuts "it's a lot of bowling in one day."
Complete tournament statistics are on bowl.com.