Edwards dispatched in first round of match play

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Bowler Lakyn Edwards of Davisville, W.Va. made it to match play Friday at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships presented by Ebonite, Columbia 300 and Track and Hammer.

Edwards faced Patricia Rosales of Orlando, Fla. in the first round of match play. She found it difficult to make her spares due to the short oil pattern on the lanes and lost to Rosales 153-145.

Edwards was 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 before Friday’s match play.

Bailey won the girls U-12 division, defeating Sarah Sanes of Murfreesboro, Tenn. 151-135 in the title match.

Four bowlers earned automatic spots on Junior Team USA in 2015 as qualifying concluded and the first rounds of match play took place Thursday.

Michael Preston of Oswego, Ill., Wesley Low of Palmdale, Calif., Melanie Hannon of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Chenoa Rhoades of Lafayette, Ind. all earned automatic spots on Junior Team USA by virtue of their 25-game totals in the 20-and-under division to end qualifying at AMF Airport Lanes.

The top two players in the qualifying standings who were age-eligible earned automatic spots on Junior Team USA. Tylor Green of Davison, Mich. led the U-20 boys qualifying, but was ineligible to earn a Junior Team USA spot based on the age requirement.

Edwards had 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 ((Scholarship Management and Accounting Report for Tenpins) funds.