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Stow resident Jillian Martin, 12, a rising seventh-grade student at Kimptom Middle School, finished fifth in the nation in the 12-and-younger age division at the Junior Gold Championships July 18 to 23 in Indianapolis.
The Junior Gold Championships tournament is an annual national tournament for the top male and female youth bowlers in the United States. The tournament awards scholarships and youth bowlers competing in the 20-and-younger and 15-and-younger age divisions.
The tournament also gives bowlers the opportunity to earn a spot on Junior Team USA. The tournament has six divisions: 12-and-younger boys; 12-and-younger girls; 15-and-younger boys; 15-and-younger girls; 20-and-younger boys; and 20-and-younger girls.
More than 3,400 bowlers from all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada participated.
Bowlers rolled four games per day over the first four days on different sport-shot conditions.
The highest 18 scores out of the 126 bowlers advanced to bowl four more games.
Averaging 167.95 over the first 20 games, Jillian advanced to double-elimination match play as the seventh seed out of eight bowlers.
While she won her first match with a win over the No. 2 seed, she lost the next two. As a result, she fell just short of making the television finals.
The Match Play finals were broadcast July 26 on tape delay on the CBS Sports Network.
For her effort, Jillian earned $600 in scholarship money. She has been bowling since she was 4 and bowls regularly in leagues at Sto-Kent Family Entertainment.
Jillian plans to compete in the age 15-and-younger division at the 2017 Junior Gold Championships, which is set to take place in Cleveland.
Jillian's coaches are her uncle, Dan Martin, and Don Hogue.