JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Arkansas State women's bowler Jordan Richard earned a spot on Junior Team USA recently after reaching the semifinals of the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold Championships held July 11-17 across three different bowling centers in Dupage County, Ill.
Richard, who transferred to A-State over the summer, completed the first three qualifying rounds with a total of 2,795 pins (199.64 average) before bowling in two more advancer rounds to put her total at 4,818 pins to finish in fifth place and earn a spot in the double elimination match play bracket.
A native of Tecumseh, Mich., Richard won her first three matches of bracket play by scores of 362-308, 429-408, and 391-373 to advance to the semifinals. However, she dropped two matches by scores of 423-379 and 411-332 to be eliminated, but her performance was good enough to warrant a selection to Junior Team USA. She becomes the fifth Red Wolves' bowler in program history to make Junior Team USA joining Rachael Gittings, Sarah Lokker, Ashley Rucker, and Jadee Scott-Jones as the other players to earn the honor.
"I'm glad to have another player from our program representing our country," A-State head women's bowling coach Justin Kostick said. "Jordan is a great player and works very hard. I'm very proud of her for making the team and she's very deserving."