Mexicans Falconi and Baeza earn men's singles gold and silver; Bill Hoffman captures bronze

    08/06/03

    2003 Pan Am Games

    By Mark Miller

     R-L Mexico's Daniel Falconi and Marcos Baeza swept the top two medals while Team USA's Bill Hoffman collected the bronze at the conclusion of the men's bowling singles competition Tuesday in the 14th Pan American Games at the Sebelen Bowling Center.

    Falconi finished with a 246 game to move past teammate Baeza for the gold medal. Falconi totaled 2,607 for 12 games, a 217.25 average. Baeza finished at 2,555 to collect the silver medal with a 212.95 average.

    Two-time U.S. Amateur Champion Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, made a run at the silver in his final game. Needing a strike to open the 10th frame after five straight strikes, he went high and left the 9-pin, then spared and struck for 247. His other games Tuesday were 225, 201, 193, 212 and 206.

    2003PAGBillHoffman_small.jpg "I don't see much difference between bronze and silver. You are always going for the gold and once I knew I couldn't get it I was happy to get a medal," said Hoffman (photo), a 29-year-old bowler who won the 1999 and 2003 U.S. Amateur Championships.

    "Both Daniel and Marcos are friends of mine and both deserved to win their medals."

    Team USA's other competitor, Scott Pohl, Eagan, Minn., finished 10th with 2,415, a 201.5 average. He had 194,236, 214, 159, 194 and 159. "Everything went wrong," said Pohl, a 34-year-old bowling pro shop owner.

    "I missed a couple of spares. Every adjustment I made didn't work. I didn't have enough strikes. Even the good shots didn't strike so I guess I didn't match up."

    Still, Pohl's first international experience was quite memorable. "Overall it was a great experience. I'm happy for my teammates who won medals and to represent the U.S. It was a good steppingstone for Malaysia."

    Hoffman and Pohl will compete in the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Championships Sept. 9-20 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


    Men's Division - Final Standings Singles


    Players with position, country, 12-game total (1st-2nd block) and average

    1. Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 2607 (1325-1282), 217,25
    2. Marcos Baeza, Mexico, 2555 (1408-1147), 212,92
    3. Bill Hoffman, United States, 2552 (1268-1284), 212,67


    4. Danyck Briere, Canada, 2516 (1233-1283), 209,67
    (tie) Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2516 (1299-1217), 209,67
    6. Diego Fernandez, Guatemala, 2471 (1271-1200), 205,92
    7. Roberto Baranano, Uruguay, 2468 (1184-1284), 205,67
    8. Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 2464 (1172-1292), 205,33
    9. Fabio Rezende, Brazil, 2441 (1190-1251), 203,42
    10. Scott Pohl, United States, 2415 (1259-1156), 201,25
    11. Jose Mendez, Guatemala, 2412 (1128-1284), 201,00
    12. Rolando A Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2411 (1153-1258), 200,92
    13. Manuel Zambrano, Panama, 2403 (1220-1183), 200,25
    14. Luis Marrero, Puerto Rico, 2390 (1232-1158), 199,17
    (tie) Pedro Cardoza, Venezuela, 2390 (1244-1146), 199,17
    16. Jorge Romero, Colombia, 2388 (1222-1166), 199,00
    17. Hilton Nunez, Dominican Republic, 2356 (1134-1222), 196,33
    18. Jose Avendano, Panama, 2345 (1126-1219), 195,42
    19. Francisco Colon, Puerto Rico, 2338 (1195-1143), 194,83
    20. Walter Costa, Brazil, 2312 (1116-1196), 192,67
    21. Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 2279 (1165-1114), 189,92
    22. George Lambert IV, Canada, 2264 (1139-1125), 188,67
    23. Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 2259 (1145-1114), 188,25
    24. Juan Azar, Ecauador, 2255 (1096-1159), 187,92
    25. Luis Barquis, Uruguay, 2251 (1158-1093), 187,58
    26. Antoine Jones, Bermuda, 2241 (1179-1062), 186,75
    27. Steven Riley, Bermuda, 2207 (1047-1160), 183,92
    (tie) Juan Araya, Chile, 2207 (1137-1070), 183,92
    29. Ruben Favero, Argentina, 2146 (1053-1093), 178,83
    30. Mario Valverde, Costa Rica, 2140 (1014-1126), 178,33
    31. Errol Brown, Aruba, 2108 (1138-970), 175,67
    32. Jose Zambrano, Ecuador, 2102 (1043-1059), 175,17