In five years on Junior Team USA, Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, California, earned 26 medals in international competition, and his success included five titles in World Bowling Youth Championships competition.
At the 2018 World Youth Championships, his final appearance with Junior Team USA, Low failed to medal for the first time in his career.
The 21-year-old two-hander, who attacks the lane from the left side, is at the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials looking to earn a shot at international redemption by claiming a spot on Team USA’s adult team.
Low has been among the top 10 finishers in three of this week’s first four rounds, and his consistent performance at the Gold Coast Bowling Center could pay off two-fold, if he can maintain that momentum through one more six-game block.
Through four days, Low is third in the overall standings at the USBC Team USA Trials and third among the amateurs in the sold-out 175-player men’s field.
“Last year wasn’t the best year of my bowling career, and leaving the World Championships without a medal definitely was a letdown, especially after the success I’d had there before,” said Low, a two-time winner at the Junior Gold Championships presented by the Brands of Ebonite (2013, 2017). “It made me take a look at myself, so I could try to figure out what I’m doing wrong. It has been motivation for me. Making the adult team has become a goal of mine. If I can have another strong day and the stars align, making the team would be really special.”
At the completion of Monday’s fifth and final round, the top four men and top four women in their respective Team USA Trials standings automatically will earn spots on Team USA 2019, while the top three amateurs in the standings will advance to the stepladder finals of the U.S. Amateur Championships.
Eight-time Team USA member and USBC Hall of Famer John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Florida, tops the both overall standings and U.S. Amateur ranking after four rounds with 56 points.
He is followed by 16-year-old Solomon Salama of Beverly Hills, California, and Low in both categories. They have 58 and 71 ranking points, respectively. Salama also is a two-time Junior Gold champion.
Sunday’s fourth round was contested on a 41-foot oil pattern, and Low finished the day in eighth place, failing to break 200 in his final two games. He was, however, grateful to be able to bounce back from a tough third day, where he struggled with the transition of the 45-foot oil pattern and finished tied for 56th place.