Stow-Munroe Falls’ rising sophomore Jillian Martin recently was named to the 2020 US Junior National Team.
Martin, the defending Division I champion, is the youngest member of the US Junior National Team. She qualified for the team by bowling up two divisions to try to nab a spot. The competition took place at the Junior Gold tournament, where six spots where on the line in the age-20-and-younger division. The Junior Gold competition took place July 13-20 in Detroit.
Martin skipped the age-17-and-younger division altogether to try to make Junior Team USA. Her efforts were rewarded as she became the youngest player ever to qualify for Junior Team USA. She won her first match of match play, but went on to lose the next two to finish in a tie for ninth place at the tournament.
Junior Team USA is the pinnacle of youth bowling and members of the team represent the United States in several prestigious events all over the world. Junior Team USA members competed in Paris, France, earlier in the year.
It has been an eventful summer for Martin on the lanes. Besides making Junior Team USA, she finished 41st in the US Women’s Open earlier in the year and would have made the cut had she struck out in the 10th frame of her last game of qualifying.
Martin finished third in the varsity division of the Teen Masters two weeks before the Junior Gold competition. She also won two eagles at the National Youth Open in the age-15-and-younger division in Detroit, winning singles and all events.