LAS VEGAS –It may have taken longer than he had hoped, but Cameron Crowe of Orland Park, Ill. Was finally able to experience it all. United States team has to offer, and there may not be enough adjectives to properly illustrate the scale and impact of the opportunity.
Crowe is just over two months away from his first international trip, both for Team USA and overall, and he would love the chance to build on what he has learned about the tracks in Cali, Colombia.
His quest to reclaim his place on the United States squad begins Sunday at the Gold Coast Bowling Center, where he will have two hours of training to finalize his arsenal and game plan for 2022. U.S. Congress Bowling Team Trials.
Competition in the 2022 USBC Team Trials begins on Monday and will again be a five-day versatility test over five difficult track conditions, with a unique points-based system determining the winners.
The peloton will consist of nearly 170 men and over 130 women, including nine of the 12 men in the current Team USA roster and eight of the 15 women.
The United States Amateur Bowling Championships will be a second stop for the week, as they have been since their reintroduction in 2016, and Crowe, a 20-year-old left-hander, will enter the site as the reigning American Amateur. . champion.
The tournament will end on Friday with the introduction of Team USA and Junior Team USA 2022.
All rounds of competition will be broadcast live on BowlTV.com, starting Monday at 11:00 a.m. (EST).
“It’s still hard to describe this week in 2020 and everything that has come from it, but being a part of Team USA has been a dream come true and a blessing,” Crowe said. “It meant the world was part of the team, and now that means 10 times more. Nothing can replace or replicate representing your country on the slopes and winning a gold medal. I want to have that chance again. “
Crowe, a star on the St. Ambrose University bowling team who missed most of the final semester with a nagging foot injury, used the 2020 USA team tryouts as his outstanding performance on the national stage. He finished third in the team trials standings, while also qualifying for the American amateur stepladder, and his success earned him spots in the United States team and United States Junior Team for the first time.
The effects of COVID-19 then forced the suspension of the Team USA program for 2020 and the cancellation of the Team USA 2021 trials, ultimately delaying Crowe’s debut in a Team USA jersey by almost two years.
All of the 2020 Team USA and Junior Team USA members got an extra year on the teams when the program and international competition resumed in 2021, and Crowe turned that into an invitation to the 2021 PANAM Bowling Elite Championships.
The trip offered a full range of feelings that started with the initial call from USA team head coach Bryan O’Keefe and turned to a bit of anxieties about his on-time arrival. new passport.
“I grew a lot during this trip as a person and a bowler, I did my best all week and learned a lot about my own game and the level of competition in other countries,” said Crowe said. “At first I felt like the annoying little brother who laughed at everyone all the time with questions and inexperience, but I appreciate that everyone is so patient and supportive. “
On the spot, once the event started, Crowe said he was the most nervous he had been in a while, but it was eventually passed with the help of his coaches and teammates.
The week ended with him on the medal podium, surrounded by his teammates, listening to the star-spangled banner to celebrate the third consecutive team gold medal for Team USA men at the event.
“For the first two or three games of the week, I was nervous for the first time in a very, very long time, and I was afraid to let everyone down, even though the tournament started with singles,” said said Crowe, who also won a trio bronze at home. “I felt I was exaggerating the pressure I usually put on myself, and it took me a while to feel comfortable. It was amazing having everyone there to help me, and I certainly can’t be sorry for how the week ended for us. “
The PANAM Elite Championships in October, which also featured the region’s top women, was one of five international events for the Team USA program in 2021.
The 2021 PANAM Bowling Champions Champion was held simultaneously in Cali using some of the same scores, while November included the International Bowling Federation World Championships, the inaugural IBF Para Bowling World Championships, and the World Championships. IBF Masters (formerly senior).
Matthew Russo of Ballwin, Missouri, and Breanna Clemmer of Clover, South Carolina, were also part of the trip to Colombia, which first joined Crowe in the trophy lifting in Las Vegas. Russo won the men’s title at the Team USA 2020 Trials and Clemmer became the United States Amateur Champion for the second time in a row.
Russo got some redemption with the tag team tryout victory, as well as a return to the United States squad, after not making the roster in 2019. He was on the squad in 2017 and 2018.
He is now a seven-time gold medalist, having won three gold medals at Cali, and was subsequently selected as 2021 Association of Professional Bowlers Rookie of the year.
He’s back in Gold Coast this week to build on his momentum from 2021.
Clemmer, a five-time member of Junior Team USA and a member of Team USA since 2019, also had a successful professional debut in 2021, although she finished second behind Stephanie Zavala in the points race for Professional association of women’s bowling Rookie of the year. It was disappointing but motivating at the same time.
Her second campaign on the PWBA Tour is only a few months away, so kicking off the year with another great Team Trials race would certainly help build her confidence.
“After the PWBA Tour season ended, I was heartbroken for the way it ended, but I learned a lot from it and realized that sometimes the losses can be just as big. that wins, ”said Clemmer, a 24-year-old. -manager. “I’ve had a very good season overall, and there’s nothing to say. It’s something to build on in 2022.”
Due to her professional status, Clemmer will not be able to defend her American amateur title, but she can improve by finishing second and fourth respectively in the last two editions of the Team USA trials and claiming a place in Team USA for the fourth consecutive year. .
“I honestly think I’m better prepared mentally than I have been in the past based on my overall experience and having spent the last year bowling against the best in the world,” said Clemmer, who won three gold medals and one bronze medal. at Cali, his first event as a member of the US adult team. “I also had a few close calls at the team practice, which shows me that I can do it. Plus, I love competing for my country, and that would mean the world would have another chance.”
Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, the two-time defending women’s team trials champion, will be in Las Vegas this week, but not to defend her title. Instead, she will seek talent as her first assignment as the new head coach of the United States junior team.
Kulick, 17 times a member of the USA team, won the 2020 team trials with a record 13 ranking points and closed the year by helping the women of the USA team to a gold medal by team at the IBF World Super Championships.
Competitors in this week’s event will earn ranking points based on their final positions in each of the five qualifying rounds – the top pitcher in the round will earn one ranking point, second place will earn two points, etc. – with the lowest point total after five rounds determining the male and female champions of the US team trials. Each will automatically earn a place in Team USA for 2022.
The top four men and top four women eligible for the 2022 Team USA Trials, based on ranking points, will automatically earn Team USA spots, while two men and two women additional will be selected by the national selection committee. from the pool of players who competed during the week at the Gold Coast Bowling Center.
Bowlers must now be at least 18 years of age by the end of the Team USA 2022 Trials to be eligible for the adult version of Team USA.
The National Selection Committee will also select additional men and women for the team based on the resumes submitted. These candidates must have been members of the US team or junior of the US team in the past 10 years or in the top 25 in terms of income during the 2021 PBA Tour season or in the top 25 in points in the during the 2021 season of the PWBA Tour.
After the final qualifying round of the team practice, the top three male amateurs and the top three female amateurs will advance to a stepladder final to determine the US amateur champions. The two winners will win places in Team USA.
If the United States Amateur Champion has already secured a spot on the team, the spot will be allocated to the next Qualifier Team USA Trials based on ranking points.
To be eligible for this year’s US Amateur, a bowler must not hold or have held a professional membership (PBA or PWBA) in 2021. Additionally, anyone who has won a professional title (regional, national or senior) in as long as a professional is not eligible to compete as an amateur.
For young competitors, the top four eligible boys and top four girls, based on ranking points, will automatically earn places on the 2022 United States Junior Team. Two additional boys and two girls will also be selected by the committee. national selection. based on performance from the 2022 or 2021 U.S. Team Trials Junior Gold Championships.
They will join the young competitors who have already earned their place in the 2022 USA junior team at the 2021 Junior Gold Championships.
BowlTV will provide wire-to-wire coverage of events including the announcement and introduction of Team USA and Junior Team USA 2022.
Team USA’s 2022 competition schedule is still shaping up, but the list of potential events includes the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, the PANAM Bowling Champion of Champions in Brazil, the PANAM Bowling Women’s Championships in Peru, and the PANAM Bowling Masters. and Grand Masters (Senior and Super Senior) in the Dominican Republic.