One day when the early years of NCAA Women's Bowling are written for posterity, there will be a section devoted to the achievements of Josie Earnest. Born and raised on the flat plains of central Illinois, she left the safe haven of her parent's bowling center to take a chance on Vanderbilt's fledgling varsity program in Nashville, Tennessee. The rest, as they say, is history.
2009-10 Became first college bowler to be twice be voted the NCAA Player of the Year Her 214.9 average led nation by nearly 14 pins First-team Academic All-American First team All-American Placed second at United States Amateur Championship (Jr. Gold) Co-Tennessee Amateur Athlete of the Year (2008) High game of 284 second best in school history Had seven top five finishes in eight tournaments with three wins Named first team captain in program's history for 2009-10 season
2008-09 Voted Player of Year by NTPCA First team All-America Led VU with 205 average in 63 games, 52 over 200 Four Top 5 finishes, best was second at Capital City
2007-08 Led VU with 198 average in 70 games Second team All-America MVP of NCAA Tournament 32 games over 200, 14 over 225, high of 268 at Arkansas State
2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 Member of Junior Team USA PABCON Youth International Tournament in El Salvador, capturing the Gold in singles, trios, team, and all-events and the Silver in Doubles. 2008 -Two Gold, Three Silver, and One Bronze with Junior Team USA at the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Orlando. 2007- Three Gold and One Bronze at the Warm Up to World Youth in Orlando. 2005 -Five Gold Medals with Junior Team USA at the International Youth
Friendship Tournament in the Dominican Republic, capturing the singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters titles. 2005 -Won three Gold Medals and one Silver Medal in another international competition - the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Fort Lauderdale. 2006- Won North Point Insurance High School Open Singles Won four Pepsi Cola State Championships Won the 2004 Junior Masters Tournament in Dayton, Ohio 12-time Illinois Scholarship Bowling Club champion Twice won the Illinois State Amateur Championship (2003-2004) Four top 12 finishes at the Junior Gold Tournament 2005 Teamed with younger sister Jessica to win Illinois State doubles title Six sanctioned 300 games, one with "sport shot" conditions, high series of 787 and over 70 700 series.
Born: June 28, 1988 Parents: Larry and Lisa Earnest Won two conference tennis singles titles; qualified for the '05 state tournament. National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students, student council and the National Honor Roll. Salutatorian of high school class 2006 Won Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award 2006 Illinois Star of Tomorrow Award
"I chose Vanderbilt because it offered the total package. We get a
combination of exceptional academics, homey environment and a sports
program that strives to succeed. This was an opportunity that could
not be passed up."