LAS VEGAS, Nev. (1/8/18) – Arkansas State senior Jordan Richard won the 2018 United States National Amateur Bowling Championship and in the process earned an automatic spot on Team USA 2018 after she competed at the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials and U.S. Amateur Championship, held Jan. 3-7 at The Orleans in Las Vegas, Nev.
Richard bowled her way to the top of the amateur standings with a total pinfall of 6,451 and had 24 games of 200 or more with a high game of 267. She advanced to the Stepladder Finals and squared off against defending champion Julia Bond of Nebraska. Richard registered a spare on her first frame, but rolled 10 consecutive strikes to defeat Bond 289-201 to claim the title.
“I knew if I trusted myself I could get it done,” Richard said. “I was kind of nervous going into it, but I stuck to my game plan and was able to get it done. It really feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and being able to be a part of Team USA means everything to me. This is a dream come true.”
The Tecumseh, Mich., native clinched a spot on Team USA 2018 with her performance. Richard has some prior experience on the international stage after competing for Junior Team USA in 2016, where she helped the team to the overall championship and took home two medals at the World Youth Championships.
“I’m just so proud of Jordan,” A-State head women’s bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “She puts in all the work and is a strong competitor. The way she finished out the competition was incredible and I’m looking forward to seeing her compete for Team USA.”
Additionally, Richard was second overall in the total standings of 141 bowlers, including professionals.
A-State returns to action Jan. 12-14 in its home tournament, the Mid-Winter Invitational. The event will be held at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center in Jonesboro and admission is free.
Fans can keep up with the Arkansas State women’s bowling team by following the squad on Twitter (@AStateBowling) and by liking the Arkansas State Women’s Bowling page on Facebook.