To get to the state finals, Toni-Ann was required to place high in district finals, which she did back in March, when she became the California District No. 3 girls champion. The state finals were held at Classic Bowl in Daly City on the USBC Blue pattern, which features a greater oil length than the normal house shot and is known as the lowest-scoring pattern of the Red, White and Blue oil series. Toni-Ann, the three-time Northern California All-Star and two-time Junior Gold national finalist, shot 1,199 out of the six games of qualifying to make it to the match play finals.
The sophomore at Dozier-Libbey Medical High School bowled individual matches against college competitors three to four years older.
“I was very pleased to win district finals; then make it all the way to stepladder finals for my first time ever in this tournament,” she said. “I feel I bowled very well and I’m very happy where I stand at 15 years old.”
Carrying a 203 average, Toni-Ann will represent California as she travels to Las Vegas for the 2011 Junior Gold Championships in July.
– Contributed by Isabel Lupo