While the Team USA men nearly swept the doubles medals, the Team USA women were shut out Tuesday at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships, the United States Bowling Congress reported.
The mens’ gold went to Bill O’Neill with 1,436 for six games and Tommy Jones with 1,369 for a 2,805 total at Sunset Station in suburban Las Vegas.
Team USA’s John Janawicz and Steve Smith took the silver at 2,777, while Costa Rica’s Alberto Lizano and Alejandro Reyna closed with a 501 to grab the bronze at 2,767, 24 pins ahead of Team USA’s Marshall Kent and Patrick Allen.
The U.S. men narrowly missed the first PABCON doubles sweep since 1974, USBC said.
“Winning a gold medal never gets old, especially when I am able to do it with one of my best friends,” O’Neill said in this USBC news release. “The key was our communication. Between the two of us we know each other’s games so well and that was a big advantage.”
In the women’s division, Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo (1,377) and Maria Jose Rodriguez (1,381) won the gold with 2,758, 109 pins up on silver medalists Aseret Zetter and Iliana Lomeli of Mexico. Samantha How and Caroline Lagrange of Canada were just 2 pins further back for the bronze.
“This is a big deal for Colombia,” Restrepo said in the USBC release. “A lot of our funding for our federation is based on us winning medals, so this is very important for us.”
Team USA’s Josie Earnest and Stefanie Nation and Diandra Asbaty and Leanne Hulsenberg tied for fourth at 2,604, while Shannon Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson finished 10th.
The doubles was contested on the 44-foot London pattern.
Full results are at the 2012 PABCON Combined Championships page.
Here is a USBC video news release on the doubles.
Wednesday’s competition is trios, which starts at 11 a.m. Central time. Each pair will feature one lane with the London pattern and the other lane with the 34-foot Stockholm pattern.
BOWL.com’s BowlTV will webcast the competition live.
2012 PABCON ADULT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sunset Station’s Strike Zone Bowling Center, Henderson, Nev.
GOLD - Bill O’Neill (1,436)/Tommy Jones (1,369), United States, 2,805
SILVER - John Janawicz (1,294)/Steve Smith (1,483), United States, 2,777
BRONZE - Alberto Lizano (1,292)/Alejandro Reyna (1,475), 2,767
GOLD - Rocio Restrepo (1,377)/Maria Jose Rodriguez (1,381), Colombia, 2,758
SILVER - Aseret Zetter (1,268)/Iliana Lomeli (1,381), Mexico, 2,649
BRONZE - Samantha How (1,276)/Caroline Lagrange (1,371), Canada, 2,647