Andrew Herbert of Eden and Melanie Hannon of Cheektowaga were among only five Western New York bowlers still in contention across six divisions entering Thursday morning’s competition in the USBC Junior Gold Championships.
Herbert, a University at Buffalo sophomore, shot 1,095 in his final five-game qualifying block Wednesday to climb to ninth place and easily make the cut of 158 top scores. Recent Frontier graduate Chad Mee of Hamburg was 27th after shooting 1,056 and Kevin Bienko of Kenmore was in 61st place with 2,970.
Defending champion and first-round leader, Wesley Low of Palmdale, Calif., shot only 939 on Wednesday and dropped from second place to eighth.
Hannon, a Fairleigh Dickinson University bowler Cheektowaga, shot 1,049 with a 268 game to move to 11th in the Girls U20 division. The biggest advance in the Girls U20 was by Shelby Derr of Sunbury, Pa., who bowled an 1,159 (231.8 average) for her five games to move into a tie for second with 3,139. Derr had a 278 game in her total.
Maddie Jensen of Orchard Park in Girls U15 was the only Western New York entrant to advance in the U15 and U12 divisions among both boys and girls. Jensen shot 931 in her final five-game qualifying block for 3,549.
After bowling a six different venues in the Cheektowaga, Depew, Williamsville and the Town of Tonawanda and Tonawanda, the scene Thursday shifted to AMF Airport Lanes on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga for more qualifying games in U20, and match play in U15 and U12.