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2014 PABCON Women's Championships


Danielle McEwan caps PABCON Women's Championships with Masters gold

2014PCWomenMasterstop4_small.jpgDanielle McEwan 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. Parkin earned the silver medal while her team mate Liz Johnson and Clara Guerrero of Colombia shared the bronze medal.

2014 PABCON Women's Championships


Team USA wins Team, sweeps All-Events at PABCON Women's Championships


Team USA (pictured) dominated the field to win the team gold medal, swept the All-Events medals and qualified for the 2015 Pan Am Games on Tuesday in an eventful day at the 2014 PABCON Women's Championships. Team USA took the lead by nearly 150 pins after the first game of team event and never looked back en route to a record-breaking six-game total of 6,738 at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. Canada took the silver with 6,301, and Mexico earned the bronze with 6,195.

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USA wins gold, silver in Trios at PABCON Women's Championships

Host country Colombia earns bronze; Colombia's Clara Guerrero rolls the second perfecto of the Championships

2014PCWomenKulickMcEwanParkin_small.jpgIn a tight race to the finish, Team USA earned the gold and silver medals in the trios event Monday at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships. Shannon O'Keefe, Danielle McEwan and Missy Parkin (l-r) combined to shoot 3,885 to capture the gold medal at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. Their eammates took the silver with 3,860. Host Colombia finished 26 pins out of first and one pin out of second with 3,859 in what was a close battle until the final frame.

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Team USA's Missy Parkin, Kelly Kulick shatter PABCON Women's Doubles record

Kamilah Dammers and Thashaina Seraus win silver, the first medal in PABCON Women's Championships history for Aruba; Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan take bronze

2014PCWomenKellyKulickMissyParkin_small.jpgAnother record was broken Sunday at the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships as Team USA's Missy Parkin and Kelly Kulick (pictured, r.-l) shot 2,861 (238.42 average) to win the Doubles gold medal. Parkin put together a six-game total of 1,498, while Kulick added 1,363, as the pair rolled to the title at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. Aruba's Kamilah Dammers and Thashaina Seraus won the silver, while Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan took the bronze.

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Colombia's Clara Guerrero takes Singles gold at PABCON Women's Championships

Two-time World Champion kicks off the PABCON Women's Championships in Cali, Colombia, with record-setting performance; wins her second career gold medal in PABCON Women's Championships

2014PCWomenClaraGuerrero_small.jpgColombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero (pictured) broke the Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships Singles record en route to the gold medal Saturday in her home country. Guerrero blasted a six-game total of 1,498 (249.67 average) to earn her second career gold medal in the PABCON Women's Championships. Team USA's Kelly Kulick earned the silver and teammate Liz Johnson took the bronze at the Cali Bowling Coliseum. After starting with games of 233, 290 and 223, Guerrero closed out her singles event strong with 248, 259 and 245.

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Team USA has important goal at PABCON Women's Championships

Bowling center Departamental in Cali, Colombia (Sept. 11-18, 2014)

PABCONLogo.jpgThe Team USA women head to the 2014 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women's Championships in Cali, Colombia, this week with one goal in mind - qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games. The PABCON Women's Championships, which begin Saturday live on's BowlTV, will be the final opportunity for the United States' women's team to qualify for the Pan American Games, which will take place in Toronto, Canada, next year.



Osku Palermaa claims August IBMA Bowler of the Month

2014WBTThailandOskuPalermaa_small.jpg Osku Palermaa, Finland, has been chose as the August 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Palermaa downed Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, New York, for the World Bowling Tour (WBT) Thailand title, 227-213, and 243-224. The win is also his fourth career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title and his second PBA International title behind the 2012 Kuwait Open. His PBA National Tour titles are the 2010 PBA Geico Shark Championship and the 2011 PBA World Championship.



Canadian Tenpin Federation hires Tyrel Rose as full-time head coach

2013BWCTyRose_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation has announced that it has hired Tyrel Rose (pictured) as its head coach. Following board approval in July, the CTF has redefined its definition of their head coach position. For the first time, this becomes a full-time position with expanded responsibilities that includes not only the National Teams, but coach training and development as well as organizing local clinics and lessons for bowlers across the country. Starting as an assistant coach with Team Canada in 2009, Rose was the men's head coach for 2013 and 2014.

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Craig Nidiffer shoots big game to win 11th New Mexico Open

2014NMOpenCraigNidiffer2_small.jpgA new champion, the tenth different winner in the tournament's eleven years, was crowned Sunday at Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA, when Craig Nidiffer (pictured) from the Detroit, Michigan, area caught two early breaks in his match against top seed, Brett Wolfe of Phoenix to beat the 2010 runner-up, 276-237, and to claim the $10,000 first prize. Wolfe, who lost to Andrew Cain a few years ago, received $5,500 as runner-up.



All Star Shannon Pluhowsky is July IBMA Bowler of the Month

2014BPAAWomensAllStarShannonPluhowsky2_small.jpgShannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, has been chosen as the July 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Pluhowsky defeated Diana Zavjavola, Latvia, 225-212, for the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) Women's All Star tournament. Zavjavola had a one-pin lead after eight frames until an open frame from not converting a 2-4-8-10 split, giving Pluhowsky a chance to close out the match and the title.

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United States wins three team titles at Tournament of The Americas

ImageThe United States captured three team titles as the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas came to a conclusion with the final games of the team competition on Saturday. In addition to the three team titles, the U.S. squad had the all-events winner in nine of the 10 divisions and took the National All-Events title in four of the five divisions of the week-long tournament held at Strikers Lanes in Sunrise, Fla. It is the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone.

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Team USA roster for 2014 PABCON Women's Championships announced

USBCRodRossITCHeadCoach_small.jpgThe Team USA squad that will represent the United States at the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Women's Championships in Cali, Colombia, in September has been set. The U.S. team, which will be coached by Team USA head coach Rod Ross (pictured), will be made up of Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, California, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, and Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey.



Roberta Rodrigues, Renan Zoghaib win XXIII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup

Champions qualify for 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Wroclaw, Poland

2014BWBRAQRenanZoghaibRobertaRodrigues_small.jpgRoberta Rodrigues and Renan Zoghaib (r-l) capture the women's and men's title in the XXIII QubicaAMF Brazil Cup July 27 at Dragon Bowling Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and will represent their country in the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup November 1-9 at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. In the men's title match, Zoghaib defeated Few Campos, 191-182, while Rodrigues celebrated a narrow 174-170 victory over Neuza Kae to win the women's title.

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Team USA to compete at 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas

ImageBrittni Hamilton of Webster, New York, heads the 20-member United States team that will compete in the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas starting Monday in Sunrise, Fla. The week-long tournament features players from the American Zone competing for medals in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, mixed team and all-events. The tournament has Adult, Senior (ages 50-plus for men, 45-plus for women), Super Senior (ages 60-plus for men, 55-plus for women), Junior A (ages 16-19) and Junior B (ages 12-15) divisions.



Panama's Eric Lanuza dies at 57

Eric Lanuza.jpgThe Panamanian bowling community mourns the loss of Eric Eduardo Lanuza. The long-time national team member, coach and WTBA Technical Delegate died July 2 at the age of 57. Eric was three-time National Champion and a member of Panama's national team for 20 consecutive years (1982-2001). After retiring from the national team, Eric attended coaching courses from renowned bowling coaches Fred Borden and Palmer Fallgreen and became USBC Bronze coach, and then USBC Silver coach.

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Mark Davis receives John Davis Award for 2014

2014JohnDavisAwardMarkDavis_small.jpg Mark Davis (pictured with Len Nicholson, left), younger brother of the late John Davis, founder of the Kegel Company, has been named the 2014 recipient of the John Davis Award. The surprise presentation was made at International Bowl Expo in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to a deserving person who is actively involved in trying to advance the sport of bowling. A perpetual plaque, bearing each recipient's name, is on permanent display at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.



Bill O'Neill claims May IBMA Bowler of the Month

2014PBA06BillONeill_small .jpg Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, has been chose as the May 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. O'Neill won two events during the PBA Summer Swing, the PBA Badger Open, defeating Brian Valenta, Lockport, Illinois, 243-235. He then won the PBA Oklahoma's Grand Resort King of the Swing, downing Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois, 245-181. In addition, O'Neill finished eighth in the PBA Wolf Open, fourth in the PBA Oklahoma Open, and third in the PBA Bear Open.



David Simard, Isabelle Rioux win Canadian Team Trials titles

2014CANTTMenDavidSimardIsabelleRioux_small.jpgDavid Simard and Isabelle Rioux (l-r), both from Quebec overcame a 30-game format to claim the titles at the 2014 Canadian Team Trials. Canada's most prestigious tournament came to an end Monday, May 19, 2014 at Planet Bowl, venue for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games bowling competition. Simard captured his third straight national title. Rioux celebrated national champion title number two. The top 6 athletes in both divisions earned their spots on 2015 Team Canada.

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Country stars help raise more than $50,000 for Folds of Honor Foundation

Second Annual Patriot Bowling Cup part of the Week Vegas Goes Country®, Academy of Country Music Awards week in Las Vegas

2014PatriotBowlingCupLeeBrice_small.jpgThe Folds of Honor Foundation combined country music and charity recently in Las Vegas, with the success of the Second Annual Patriot Bowling Cup shows a held during the Week Vegas Goes Country® – the weekend leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas – which raised more than $50,000. Country music stars (pictured is Lee Brice) along with PBA star Tommy Jones participated alongside Folds of Honor scholarship recipients.



Norm Duke is royal as April IBMA Bowler of the Month

2014PBANormDuke_small.jpg Norm Duke (pictured) of Clermont, Florida, has been chosen as the April 2014 Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Duke had a solid month on the PBA50 Tour, posting a win at the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages, presented by Radical, and a runner-up finish in the season-opening event, the PBA50 Pasco County Open. In his win, Duke defeated three fellow PBA Hall of Famers, Parker Bohn III, Pete Weber and Tom Baker.

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