Both the Team USA men and women are in first place halfway through team event at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships at Sunset Station in suburban Las Vegas, the United States Bowling Congress reported in this news release.
Thursday’s first round was on the 34-foot Stockholm pattern. Friday’s second round, which will be webcast live at BOWL.com’s BowlTV starting at 10 a.m. Central time, will be on the 44-foot London pattern. Women will go first and then men.
For the men, Team USA leads at 3,317, followed by Puerto Rico at 3,272 and Canada at 3,225.
John Janawicz led the U.S. with 685, followed by Tommy Jones with 671, Steve Smith 670, Marshall Kent 659, and Bill O’Neill 632.
For the women, Team USA leads at 3,349 (32 pins ahead of the men), followed by Mexico at 3,338 and Venezuela at 3,073.
Liz Johnson, who might be the best bowler in the world — male or female — playing outside, led the U.S. with a huge 785, and was followed by Shannon Pluhowsky at 709, Stefanie Nation 680, Josie Earnest 620, and Diandra Asbaty 555.
After team ends, the top 24 players in all-events for both men and women will advance to Saturday’s Masters competition.
For full results, go to the PABCON page.
A USBC video feature on the opening day of team is here.
For a look at the history of PABCON, past results are here. I got a kick out of checking out the 1985 results, when I won gold medals in trios and team in an event in which no one averaged 200. Thanks to Lucas Wiseman for Tweeting this link!