BUFFALO, N.Y. - The 2014 United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships in bowling, presented by Ebonite, Columbia 300, Track and Hammer, are officially underway in Buffalo, N.Y.
Lakyn Edwards of Davisville, W.Va. is third in the U-12 girls division with a 15-game total of 2,598, trailing leader Madison Bailey of Rocklin, Calif. by 117 pins.
Edwards has rolled a perfect 300 game in January at Emerson Lanes in Parkersburg. The Hamilton Middle School seventh-grader is the youngest person to roll a perfect game in West Virginia.
She won the points championship in Division II on the Junior Bowling Regional Players Tour. Edwards competed in 12 tournaments this season to accumulate $490 in SMART bowling scholarship funds.
A total of 2,479 bowlers are competing in six divisions this year - 20-and-under boys and girls, 15-and-under boys and girls and 12-and-under boys and girls. The U-20 and U-15 divisions will bowl 15 games of qualifying over three days before the first cut is made. The U-12 division will bowl 12 games of qualifying.
After the third round of qualifying Wednesday, Tylor Greene of Davison, Mich. led with a 15-game total of 3,314, while Chenoa Rhoades of Lafayette, Ind. leads the U-20 girls with 3,156. In the new U-12 division, Trey Bland of Battlefield, Mo. leads with a 12-game total of 2,217.
The U-15 division bowled its advancers round Wednesday night and Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, N.Y. leads the boys with a 20-game total of 4,160. Taylor Davis of Burton, Mich. leads the girls with 3,775.
Competition is taking place at six bowling centers in the suburban Buffalo area. The girls are at Classic Lanes in Kenmore, Tonawanda Bowling Center in Tonawanda and AMF Lancaster Lanes in Depew. Competition in the boys division is at AMF Thruway Lanes and AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga, and at Transit Lanes in Williamsville. AMF Airport Lanes will host the final rounds of competition for all bowlers.
The fields will eventually narrow to the final 16 in the U-20 and U-15 divisions and the final eight in the U-12 divisions for the double-elimination match-play bracket. Winners will be determined Friday afternoon.
Automatic Junior Team USA spots will be awarded to the top two boys and top two girls in the U-20 division after 25 games of qualifying.
Additional automatic spots will be given to the winner and runner-up after bracket play in the U-20 division. If one or both of the finalists in the bracket already earned a spot through qualifying, the automatic spot becomes an at-large selection.
The national selection committee will select two boys and two girls from the match-play field with all bowlers, including U-15, eligible for at-large selection. The final eight spots - four boys and four girls - on Junior Team USA will be determined at the USBC Team USA Trials in January.