Las Vegas-It may have taken longer than he hoped, but Cameron Crowe of Orland Park, Illinois, has been through it all in the end Team USA has to offer, and there may not be enough adjectives to properly illustrate the magnitude and impact of the opportunity.
Crowe is just over two months away from his first international trip, both for Team USA and in general, and he would love a chance to build on what he learned on the tracks in Cali, Colombia.
His quest to reclaim his spot with Team USA begins Sunday at the Gold Coast Bowling Center, where he will practice for two hours to finalize his arsenal and game plan for 2022. United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials.
Competition at the 2022 USBC Team Trials begins Monday and will be another five-day test of versatility in five challenging track conditions, with a unique points-based system determining the winners.
The field will be made up of nearly 170 men and more than 130 women, including nine of the 12 men on Team USA’s current roster and eight of the 15 women.
The United States Amateur Bowling Championships will be a second tier of the week, as it has been since its re-introduction in 2016, and Crowe, a 20-year-old southpaw, will walk into the venue as the defending American men’s amateur. champion.
The tournament will conclude on Friday with the introduction of Team USA and Junior Team USA 2022.
All competition rounds will be broadcast live on BowlTV.com, starting Monday at 11 a.m. Eastern.
“It’s still hard to describe that week in 2020 and everything that came out of it, but being a part of Team USA was a dream come true and a blessing,” said Crowe. “It meant the world to make the team, and now it means 10 times more. Nothing can replace representing or replicating your country on the courts and winning a gold medal. I want to get that chance again.”
Crowe, an outcast for the St. Ambrose University bowling team that missed most of the recent semester due to a nagging foot injury, used the 2020 Team USA Trials as his breakthrough performance on the national podium. He finished third in the Team Trials standings, while qualifying for the American Amateur Stepladder, and his success earned him spots in Team USA and Junior Team USA 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 Trials 2021, delaying Crowe’s debut in a Team USA jersey by nearly two years.
All 2020 Team USA and Junior Team USA members received an additional year on the teams when the program and international competition resumed in 2021, and Crowe incorporated that into an invitation to the 2021 PANAM Bowling Elite Championships.
The trip presented a whole range of feelings that started with the first phone call from Team USA head coach Bryan O’Keefe and progressed to a little bit of concern about his new passport arriving on time.
“I grew up a lot as a person and bowler during that journey, I gave my best all week and I learned a lot about my own game and about the level of competition in other countries,” said Crowe. “At first I felt like the annoying little brother who was harassing everyone with questions and inexperience all the time, but I appreciate everyone being so patient and supportive.”
On the spot, once the event got underway, Crowe said he was the most nervous in a while, but that eventually passed with help from his coaches and teammates.
The week ended with him on the medal podium, surrounded by those teammates, listening to the Star-Spangled Banner in celebration of the Team USA men’s third consecutive gold medal at the event.
“During the first two or three games that week, I was nervous for the first time in a very, very long time and I was afraid of disappointing everyone even though the tournament started with singles,” said Crowe, who also won a bronze at home. medal in trios. “I felt like I was exaggerating the pressure I usually put on myself, and it took me a while to feel comfortable. It was great to have everyone to help me, and I certainly can’t be mad at how the week ended for us.”
The October PANAM Elite Championships, 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 Champion of Champions was held simultaneously in Cali with some of the same scores, while November saw the International Bowling Federation Super World Championships, the inaugural IBF Para Bowling World Championships and the IBF Masters (formerly Senior) World Championships.
Also part of the trip to Colombia were Matthew Russo of Ballwin, Missouri, and Breanna Clemmer of Clover, South Carolina, who went on to lift the trophies with Crowe for the first time in Las Vegas. Russo won the men’s title at the 2020 Team USA Trials and Clemmer became the U.S. Amateur Women’s Champion for the second time in a row.
Russo earned some redemption with the Team Trials victory, along with a return to Team USA after not being on the roster in 2019. He was on the team in 2017 and 2018.
He is now a seven-time gold medalist, having won three golds in Cali, and was later selected as the 2021 Professional Bowlers Association Newbie of the year.
He is back at Gold Coast this week and is looking to continue his momentum from 2021 onwards.
Clemmer, a five-time member of Junior Team USA and a member of Team USA since 2019, also made a successful professional debut in 2021, although she finished second to Stephanie Zavala in the points race for Professional Women’s Bowling Association Newbie 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 run at the Team Trials would definitely help her with confidence.
“After the PWBA Tour season ended, I was devastated how it ended, but I learned a lot from it and realized that sometimes the losses can be just as important as the wins,” said Clemmer, a 24-year-old right-winger. -hander. “I’ve had a really good season overall and there’s nothing to keep up with. 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 take second and fourth place in the last two editions of the Team USA Trials and claim a spot in Team USA for the fourth consecutive year.
“I honestly think I’m better prepared mentally than in the past, based on my overall experience and the fact that I’ve been able to bowl against the best in the world in the past year,” said Clemmer, who has won three gold medals and a bronze. claimed a medal. in Cali, her first event as a member of Team USA for adults. “I’ve also had some close calls during the Team Trials, which shows me that I can do it. Besides, I love to fight for my country, and it would mean giving the world another chance.”
Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, the two-time reigning women’s Team Trials champion, will be in Las Vegas this week, but not defending her title. Instead, she will scout the talent as her first assignment as the new head coach for Junior Team USA.
Kulick, a 17-time Team USA member, won the 2020 Team Trials with a record 13 ranking points and ended the year helping the Team USA women to a team gold medal at the IBF Super World Championships.
Entrants to this week’s event will earn ranking points based on their finishing position in each of the five qualifying rounds – the best bowler of the round earns one ranking point, second place earns two points, etc. – with the lowest ranking points total after five rounds that determine the champions of the Men’s and Women’s Team USA Trials. Each earns an automatic spot in Team USA for 2022.
The top four age-eligible men and top four age-eligible women in the 2022 Team USA Trials, based on ranking points, will automatically earn a place in Team USA, while two additional men and two additional women are selected by the National Selection Committee from the pool of players who competed at the Gold Coast Bowling Center during the week.
Bowlers must now be at least 18 years old at the end of the 2022 Team USA Trials to qualify for the adult version of Team USA.
The National Selection Committee will also select additional men and women for the team based on resumes submitted. Those candidates must have been a member of Team USA or Junior Team USA for the past 10 years or ranked in the top 25 in merit during the 2021 PBA Tour season or the top 25 in points during the 2021 PWBA Tour season.
After the final qualifying round at the Team Trials, the top three amateur males and top three amateur females advance to a stepladder final to determine the American amateur champions. Both winners earn spots in Team USA.
If the US Amateur Champion has already earned a spot on the team, the spot will be awarded to the second highest qualifier for Team USA Trials based on ranking points.
To qualify for this year’s U.S. Amateur, a bowler must not hold or have held a professional membership (PBA or PWBA) in 2021. Also, anyone who has won a professional title (regional, national or senior) as a professional is not eligible to compete as an amateur.
For youth competitors, the top four age-eligible boys and the top four age-eligible girls, based on ranking points, will automatically earn places in Junior Team USA 2022. Two additional boys and two additional girls will also be selected by the National Selection Committee based on performance from the 2022 Team USA Trials of 2021 Junior gold championships.
They join the youth competitors who already earned their spot on Junior Team USA 2022 at the 2021 Junior Gold Championships.
BowlTV will provide wire-to-wire coverage of the events, including the announcement and introduction of Team USA and Junior Team USA 2022.
Team USA’s 2022 game schedule is still taking shape, but the list of potential events includes the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, PANAM Bowling Champion of Champions in Brazil, PANAM Bowling Women’s Championships in Peru, and PANAM Bowling Masters and Grand Masters (Senior and Super Senior) Championships in the Dominican Republic.