Sachem’s Amanda Naujokas bowled in the United States Bowling Congress (“USBC”) Junior Gold tournament in Cleveland last month and was the top qualifier in her division (U15) after 26 games out of a total of 327 entrants.
The more exciting news is that since she finished first, she qualified for the Junior Team USA Developmental Team. This team would be the equivalent of a Junior Olympic Team (if bowling was an Olympic Sport).
She was presented with a Team USA jersey and the conclusion of the tournament and will travel to Dallas, Texas a couple of times a year to train with the best coaches in the United States as well as represent the USA in three international tournaments.
In her last block of qualifying in Cleveland, she was in second behind the leader by 97 pins with five games remaining and eventually finished first by two pins.
Her last block was amazing where she averaged 235. The oil patterns that they bowled on were extremely difficult and for the first time ever they didn’t disclose to any of the bowlers what oil patterns they were bowling on.
What is even more impressive is that she had the fourth highest average out of all the girl bowlers in the tournament from ages 20 and below out of a total of 1,291 girls.