Before you laugh or snicker at the thought of bowling…ugly rental shoes, an old person’s sport, consider this. We have a college program here in the state of Missouri that is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to the sport. In mid-April, the Central Missouri Bowling team will be rolling for a national title.
The Jennies were selected for the NCAA Tournament, set to take place April 14-16 in North Brunswick, New Jersey. The Jennies are the No. 7 seed of eight. The Jennies have made every NCAA Tournament since its inception in 2004. They are one of only two teams (Nebraska) to accomplish the feat. UCM has been ranked in the top 10 of every NTCA National Poll this season.
The Jennies are led by coach Ron Holmes. Since the program’s birth in the fall of 2001, Holmes’ teams have also earned nine top-5 finishes, including three national runners-up (2004, 2005, 2009). UCM has won 36 tournament titles and its players have earned 39 regular All-American awards during his tenure.
The Jennies have seven top-five tournament finishes this season and one tournament title. They were runner-up at the UCM Invitational last week in their final tune-up before the NCAA Championships.