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Lexia Nix, 11, of Valley City, N.D., Matthew Lyter, 15, of Sanborn, N.D., and a record number of the countryâ€™s top bowlers opened the 2014 Junior Gold Bowling Championships on Monday in Buffalo, N.Y.
Nix qualified for Junior Golds in second at 722 behind U12 Girls champion Kaelyn Bergâ€™s 733 at May 3-4â€™s North Dakota State Pepsi Championships at Sunset Lanes 2014in Moorhead, Minn. Lyter took second with a 1,204 behind U15 winner Logan Dalbolâ€™s 1,258.
Nix, competing in the Junior Gold Girls U12 Division, stood 64th after Monday with a 120 in Game 1, a 100 in Game 2, a 159 in Game 3 and a 138 in Game 4 for a 517 total, a 129.25 average and a -283 differential. She ranks 81st through Tuesday after a 91 in Game 1, a 113 in Game 2, a 101 in Game 3 and a 106 in Game 4 for a Tuesday total of 411, a two-day total of 928, a combined average of 116 and a two-day differential of -672.
Lyter stood 102nd after Mondayâ€™s 171 in Game 1, 158 in Game 2, 156 in Game 3, 221 in Game 4 and 155 in Game 5 for a total of 861, an average of 172.20 and a differential of -139. He moved up to 79th on Tuesday with a 181 in Game 1, a 187 in Game 2, a 166 in Game 3, a 212 in Game 4, a 143 in Game 5, a Tuesday total of 889, a two-day total of 1,750, an average of 175 and a differential of -250.
Madison Bailey of Rocklin, Calif. leads the Girls U12 with a two-day total of 1,530, a 191.25 average and a -70 differential. Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, N.Y. leads Boys U15 with a 2,088, a 208.80 average and a +88 differential.
Wednesdayâ€™s results will appear at http://www.bowl.com/juniorgold/.
The three-day top 12 of the Girls U12 and the top 18 of the Boys U15 bowl on Thursday.