Colombia’s Clara Juliana Guerrero
was a little disappointed about falling short in her bid for a second consecutive singles title at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships, but she knows earning the silver medal against such a strong field is a special accomplishment.
Fast forward a day, and it was Guerrero’s name atop the standings as she and fellow Professional Women’s Bowling Association champion Rocio Restrepo claimed the gold medal in women’s doubles at Bolera Departamental in Cali, Colombia.
PABCON Doubles champions Clara Juliana Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo (r-l).
The two faced some struggles in the middle of the six-game block Tuesday morning, but good communication helped them average more than 251 for their final two games to claim the title with a 2,756 total, a 229.67 overall average on the 36-foot Beijing oil pattern.
Guerrero led the way with a 1,394 total for her six games, and Restrepo added 1,362.
“We felt like the lanes were a little different today, and we struggled early, but we had a talk and made some moves, and we were able to finish with two big games,” Guerrero said. “We were relieved afterward and pleased with our overall performance.”
Aruba’s Kamilah Dammers (1,404) and Thashaina Seraus (1,312) claimed the silver medal for the second consecutive time with a 2,716 total, and Maria Rodriguez (1,359) and Juliana Franco (1,303) of Colombia earned the bronze medal with a 2,662 effort.
The bowlers from the United States struggled in the second event of the week but feel optimistic about trios and team, which will take place Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Singles medalists Missy Parkin (right; gold) and Bryanna Coté (bronze) led the way for Team USA in doubles Tuesday with a 2,592 total, good for a fourth-place finish. Coté set the pace with a 1,324 effort and Parkin contributed 1,268.
The last time the Team USA women didn’t medal in PABCON doubles was at the 2012 event in Las Vegas.
As the singles and doubles medals are awarded Wednesday at Bolera Departamental between trios squads, Parkin and Guerrero will switch places from the last time the tournament was held in Cali.
At the same venue in 2014, Guerrero was the singles winner at the PABCON Women’s Championships with a record 1,498 total, while Parkin and Kelly Kulick claimed the doubles crown with a 2,861 performance, also a tournament record.
Guerrero (left) and Restrepo (right) overtook Parkin in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event) with 12 out of 24 games in the books. Guerrero, who had 1,415 in singles and 1,394 in doubles sits atop the leaderboard with 2,809 and an average of 234.08. Restrepo is 93 pins behind in second place with 2,716 while defending champion Parkin slipped to third place with 2705.
Competition at the 2016 event will resume Wednesday with trios squads at 10 a.m. Eastern and 3 p.m. EDT. The tournament includes 79 women from 15 countries.
The 2016 PABCON Adult Championships includes more than a dozen countries, with more on the line than just gold medals. The top eight men’s teams and top eight women’s teams qualify for the combined 2017 World Bowling World Championships in Kuwait.
This is determined by a combined total pinfall from the following categories in each division – top four singles scores, top two doubles scores, top trios set and pinfall in team competition.
The qualifying teams on the men’s side were the United States, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. The women will have the same opportunity this week.
Additionally, the top two countries across the two-week stretch in Colombia will qualify for the World Games, which is held every fourth year and next will be contested in Wroclaw, Poland, in July 2017. This will be a combined pinfall total for the top two men and top two women for each country during the 24 games at the PABCON event.
The United States, Venezuela and Colombia previously qualified for the 2017 World Games through the PABCON Champion of Champions event in Mexico last April.
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2016 PABCON Women’s Doubles medalists – from left, Kamilah Dammers & Thashaina Seraus (Aruba; 2nd), Clara Juliana Guerrero & Rocio Restrepo (Colombia; 1st) and Maria Jose Rodriguez & Juliana Franco (Colombia; 3rd).
XVII PABCON Adult Championship – Women’s Doubles
XVII PABCON Adult Championship – Women’s All Events after 12/24 games