ALLEN PARK, Mich. – North Carolina A&T junior bowler Cameron Strombeck finished third at the 2019 Junior Gold Championships presented by the Brands of Ebonite International in the 20-and-under girls division at Thunderbowl Lanes recently.
Strombeck went to the Junior Gold Championships looking to make the USA national team for U20. The journey to get on the team was an intense and difficult one. The Junior Gold Championships consists of more than 4,000 bowlers spanning over U15, U17 and U20 boys and girls divisions. The girls U20 division consisted of 440 participants, alone.
Competitors in the U15, U17, and U20 divisions bowled 16 qualifying games over four days (four games each day) before bowlers bowled an additional five games before another round of bowlers were eliminated. The remaining bowlers bowled an additional five games to determine the 16 blowers for match play.
Match play was a double-elimination bracket with all matches two games with total pins determining the wins.
Despite facing numerous talented bowlers over a 37-game tournament, Strombeck reached the semifinals against Taylor Davis. Davis defeated Strombeck, 200-169. A win would have put Strombeck on the national team.
“We have so much faith in Cameron and what she did at Junior Gold Championships illustrates why,” said N.C. A&T head bowling coach Kim Terrell-Kearney. “I am not surprised to see her play this well on a big stage like this because she is extremely talented. We hope this is a breakout moment for her. Once Cameron realizes how good she really is, what she did this past week will only be a preview of greater things to come. This should be a big confidence booster.”
Strombeck has furthered the strong Strombeck tradition at N.C. A&T after her older sister was a two-time MEAC Bowler of the Year for the Aggies. Cameron Strombeck’s third-place finish nationally in the U20 girls division is the highest ever for an Aggie. In her time with N.C. A&T, Cameron Strombeck has knocked down 15,955 pins in 83 traditional games played for an average of 192.23.
As a freshman, Cameron Strombeck was instrumental in leading the Aggies to the 2018 MEAC championship and an appearance in the NCAA tournament as a No. 6 seed. As a sophomore, she recorded 716 strikes and 637 spares.