Jan. 7, 2011
HENDERSON, Nev. - Vanderbilt’s Brittni Hamilton is a close third heading into Friday’s final nine games of competition at the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trails.
The junior All-American has averaged 218.04 (5,587 pins) to trail defending champion and current leader Brenda Padilla of Mansfield, Tex., by a scant 46 pins.
Vanderbilt’s assistant bowling coach, Josie Earnest, is seventh with a strong 212.52 average and has been among the daily leaders the past two rounds. Jessica Earnest, a Commodore sophomore, is 19th with a 201.44 average while Kim Carper is back in the pack to round out the Black and Gold contingent here.
“All of our women are competing well,” says Vanderbilt Head Coach John Williamson, on hand to observe this high-level event that attracts the top high school, collegiate, amateur and even professional bowlers of both genders. “The scores are high because the level of talent his tremendous and because these good bowlers can break down the lanes and make the scores soar.”
Competition wraps up today (Friday) with the final round of four nine-game blocks. The top three men and top three women finishers after 36 games will earn automatic spots on Team USA, while the National Selection Committee will pick two additional men and two additional women to join the team.
The top two male and top two female competitors who are 20 years old or younger before Jan. 1, 2011 will earn automatic spots on Junior Team USA 2011. The National Selection Committee will select two additional boys and two additional girls to join the team. The National Selection Committee will select from players who either competed in the Team USA Trials or who advanced to the match-play portion of the USBC Junior Gold Championships, which were held in July in Indianapolis.
Complete results are found on bowl.com along with a live stream from the bowling center.