capped off a dominating week for Team USA as she won the Masters gold medal Wednesday to give the U.S. five of the six gold medals at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships
McEwan defeated teammate Missy Parkin, 2-1, in the best-of-three championship match at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. The United States also won gold medals in Doubles, Trios, Team and All-Events as well as four silver and four bronze medals.
Parkin won the opening game of the championship match, 227-219, but McEwan rallied to take the next two games, 239-235 and 217-181. Parkin could have won the title in the second game, but left a 10 pin on her second shot in the 10th frame.
“This was my first time traveling with the whole team, and it was so amazing learning from them,” McEwan said. “It was awesome to spend time with the team because they are all so unbelievably knowledgeable, and I was just trying to keep up and learn as much as I could.”
In the semifinals, McEwan defeated Colombia’s Clara Guerrero, 2-0, in a dramatic finish. McEwan took the first game, 238-188, and Guerrero, who won gold in Singles, had a chance to force a decisive third game but got seven on her final ball to lose, 211-209.
Parkin advanced to the gold-medal match by defeating teammate Liz Johnson, 2-1. Johnson took the opening game 232-183 before Parkin won the next two, 242-201 and 216-214.
Parkin earned the silver medal to lead the individual medal tally with four gold and one silver. Guerrero and Johnson shared the bronze medal. (L-R Parkin, McEwan, Johnson and Guerrero)
The PABCON Women’s Championships featured bowlers from 13 countries. In addition to the medal competition, four countries earned spots in the 2015 Pan American Games. The United States, Aruba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico all punched their tickets for Toronto, Canada, next July.
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Venezuela secured spots previous to this week’s event. The final two spots will be awarded at the Central and Caribbean Games later this year.
All rounds of the PABCON Women’s Championships were broadcast live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV.