While classes for Sam Houston students started on Wednesday, a pair of Bearkat bowlers will be putting their official start date on hold for about another week. Bea Hernandez and Lynne Fishler will be competing at the World Bowling Women’s Championship in Las Vegas beginning on Saturday. 


Both bowlers will be representing their home countries, with Hernandez competing for the Philippines and Fishler for Israel. 


“This is a huge opportunity for both of them to go up against some of the best bowlers in the world,” said head coach Brad Hagen, who will be the head coach for Israel. “It is always something special when you get to represent your country in an international competition.”


Hernandez is coming off a freshman season where she was named National Freshman of the year and Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year. Fishler will be a senior this season for the Bearkats and will look to help the team punch a ticket to their 8th straight NCAA Championship. 


The tournament field includes 180 bowlers from 34 different countries. The Bearkat duo are two of just four current NCAA bowlers in the competition. 


The World Bowling Women’s Championship is bowling’s most prestigious event for women athletes. This championship will take place in Las Vegas, at the South Point Bowling Plaza. The best female bowlers around the world will compete in singles, doubles, trios and 5 person teams. Afterwards, a Masters playoff will decide the overall champion. ​