Vanderlyn and Powell

Franklin County bowler Haley Powell, right, stands with Franklin County High School head bowling coach John Vanderlyn following a recent tournament in this file photo. Powell finished second for the season in the Road to the Gold tour and won the championship in the postseason tournament to end the tour.

Qualifies for national competition in July

Franklin County bowler Haley Powell recently wrapped up competition in the Road to the Gold tour where she finished second overall for the season and won the postseason tournament for her age division.

The Road to the Gold tour is hosted by the Tennessee chapter of the United States Bowling Congress with bowlers competing at 12 events over the course of the season before a final culminating tournament to decide the champion in each division.

The athletes compete for scholarship money and spots in the national Junior Gold Championships to be held in Detroit, Michigan, in July.

Powell, a rising junior at Huntland High School, had a strong performance in the state tournament for the Franklin County High School bowling team as an individual entrant and carried that momentum over into the latter half of the Road to the Gold tour.

She competed in 11 of the 12 regular-season events for the tour which were held sporadically from September 2018 all the way until May 5, and she placed second in the U15 girls division with 670 points for the season.

The top finisher for the regular season in the U15 girls division was Elizabeth Coutta with 1,000 points.

The best performers over the course of the season then qualified for the RTTG Challenge Tournament which was held May 19 in Hendersonville.

Powell was able to overcome her competition in the final tournament to take home the title, bowling a 198 in the championship game to close things out.

The tournament win gave Powell $275 in scholarship money with her performance during the rest of the tour netting her another $225. Powell wasn’t done earning scholarship money as she also recently received the Bills Hobb Scholarship from Tullahoma Area Youth Bowling for $400.

Powell qualified for the Junior Gold Championships in the U17 girls division. The event in Detroit runs from July 13-20.