Wichita State bowler, Wesley Low, accomplished something that he had been dreaming of his entire life: making Team USA.
Low participated in the 2019 USBC Team USA Trials in Las Vegas where he won US Amateur Champion, Runner up at Team USA Trials, and earned his spot as a member of the 2019 Team USA.
The Team USA Selection committee selects seven bowlers for male and female based off of resume and performance for the week.
As a member of the Junior Team USA since 2013, making the adult team was something Low had always strove for, but fell short of.
“I had been very close with my best finishes being 11th, 9th, and 12th,” Low said. “To know I earned my spot on the team and made it outright was a sense of relief. It showed that my hardworking for the past couple of years have finally paid off.”
Low said that once he made the team, he was overtaken with emotion.
“After making the team, I most definitely turned in my score card and sat in a chair crying in happiness knowing that I accomplished a life-long goal,” Low said.
Despite the whirlwind of emotions Low was going through, he still had to bowl the US Amateur event. Low said that he was nervous for the final match because the lane pattern his opponent chose wasn’t his strong suit.
“I told myself multiple times to just out bowl him and make the best shots possible. In the tenth frame, I had the opportunity to just throw either a spare or strike for the win,” Low said. “I stepped up, went through my normal routine, and thought that I had thrown one of the best shots of my career.”
That best shot of his career paid off, making Low the US Amateur Champion.
“I was so overwhelmed with emotions in that moment. I made the best shot of my career and now the US Amateur Champion which very few people have done over the decades,” Low said. “I shook my opponents had and immediately ran to my mom and gave her a hug.”
Low will still be bowling for Wichita State, but he will also practice even more outside of the Shockers’ practice time.
There are two Team USA events that they know of: the Pan American Games and the Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships.