Jan. 8, 2018
LAS VEGAS – Louisiana Tech freshman bowler Kaitlyn Eder continued to add to her impressive rookie resume, as she earned an automatic spot on Junior Team USA 2018, after her stellar performance at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Team USA Trials last week.
Eder was one of just four players to earn automatic spots on the national junior squad and finished her qualifying rounds with 142 points – 11th-best among the 125 amateurs competing throughout the weekend.
“Watching Kaitlyn perform this past week was a lot of fun,” head coach Matt Nantais commented. “All the hard work that she’s put in this season has paid off. I couldn’t be more proud of how she represented herself and the university this past week. The lanes were definitely not easy, but she was able to make the moves needed.”
After day one of competition, Eder found herself in 35th place among competing amateurs. However, the freshman buckled down and improved her standing in each of the following four rounds.
This season, Eder has been a consistent force for the Lady Techster bowling team. The Lithia, Florida, native has captured All-Tournament Team honors in three separate events this year, while leading Tech to a national ranking of 19, the highest in program history.
Fellow freshman teammate, Ashley Channell, also competed admirably at the Team USA Trials, finishing with 315 points (48th-best) through her qualifying rounds.
The Lady Techsters will be back in action this upcoming weekend at the Mid-Winter Invitational hosted by Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
To see this year's team in action, subscribe to the LA Tech Bowling Channel on YouTube and be sure to follow @LATechBowl on both Twitter and Facebook for updates and results.
About Junior Team USA
To be eligible for the U.S. Amateur, a bowler must not hold or have held a professional membership (PBA or PWBA) in 2017. Also, anyone who has won a professional title (regional, national or senior) as a professional was not eligible to compete as an amateur. Bowlers age 20 or younger as of Jan. 1, 2018 were eligible for spots on Junior Team USA this week.