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Canadian MacLelland beats Mexico's Cruz for PABCON Men's Championships Masters gold

Team USA's Bill O'Neill, Chris Barnes share the bronze medals

201011PBADanMacLelland_small.jpg2009LaRazaAlejandroCruz_small.jpgDan MacLelland (l.) of Canada defeated local favorite Alejandro Cruz (r.), Mexico, two-games-to-none, to end the 2011 PABCON Men's Championships with victory in match-play Masters Friday at Bolerama Tapatío in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. Team USA's Bill O'Neill and Chris Barnes shared the bronze medal. Both lost in the best-of-three games semifinals at Bolerama Tapatio. Cruz took down O'Neill, 2-0, while Barnes lost 2-0 to MacLelland.

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Paula Carter earns 50th Sam Levine Flowers for the Living Award

Republished courtesy of Stars & Strikes (May 2011)

2011FlowersAwardPaulaDonCarter_small.jpg The winner of the 50th Sam Levine Flowers for the Living Award presented by the Bowling Foundation is Paula Carter, Miami, Florida. The surprise presentation was made at the PBA Senior Don Carter Open by former Flowers Award winner Len Nicholson April 19 at Carter Family Bowl in Winter Garden, Florida. Paula's husband Don and other family members were there to share the moment in front of the PBA senior players bowling in the event.



Dates announced for First Inter Schools and Academies Bowling Tournament

PABCON also releases tournament guidelines and registration forms

2011PABCON_ISBATBannerESP_small.jpg The Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) has launched the First Inter Schools and Academies Bowling Tournament of the America for boys and girls who will be divided into three age groups each, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 (as Jan. 1, 2011) All schools, academies and groups which are recognized, certified supervised by any of the PABCON members federations, are allowed to participate in this tournament. The tournament will be held in the weeks from May 7-15, August 13-21, and Nov. 12-20, 2011.

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Judy Gurney takes home Golden Ladies Classic title

Connie Palmer wins Super Senior division

2011GLCJudyGurney_small.jpg 2011GLCConniePalmer_small.jpgJudy Gurney (l.) of Omaha, Neb, defeated tournament leader Terri Ward of Loveland, Col., 265-194, to take home the 2011 Golden Ladies title and the $2,000 first prize. Gurney topped a field of 84 women - all over the age of 50 - at The Orleans Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. In the Super Senior division (bowlers over age 60) Connie Palmer (r.) of El Cajon, Calif, outpaced the field to take home the trophy and $1,000.



PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli makes national team comeback

Venezuelan Bowling Federation announces national team for 2011 including Monacelli

200910PBA04AmletoMonacelli_small.jpg19-time PBA titlist Amleto Monacelli (pictured) of Venezuela will make his national team comeback in 2011 according to the Venezuelan Bowling Federation, which has announced its national team for 2011 in the youth, senior and adult categories. The Board of Directors of the Venezuelan Bowling Federation and the representatives of all regional associations decided to choose Monacelli without forcing him to go through national qualifying tournaments.

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California siblings roll into record books; brother and sister team up for perfecto

Family quartet misses national record for highest mixed team game by nine pins

20110222BrittneyandChrisHillman_small.jpgNineteen-year-old Brittney and Chris Hillman , 22 (pictured), joined forces to become the first brother and sister in the state of California to bowl a perfect 300 game, on the same team and in the same game, tying a national record set in 2005.The pair also teamed up with brother Brandon Hillmanand cousin Mandy Cagle to shoot 1101, setting a California State Record for the highest team game for a mixed (two men, two women) bowling team, coming within nine pins of the national record.

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Senior Ed Roberts wins 25 Grand in February High Roller

Becomes only the third player to have won both the February and July High Roller

2011FebruaryHighRollerEdRoberts_small.jpgEd Roberts, a 67 year-old from Braintree, Mass,, picked up his second High Roller title when he defeated three opponents in the championship round at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. en route to earn the $25,000 top prize. In the title match Roberts defeated Greg Shields, Vernon Peterson and Dennis Beagle, 208-203-200-171, to become only the third player to have won both the February and July High Roller.



Canadian Tenpin Federation names 2010 Bowlers of the Year

2010BWCMichaelSchmidt6_small.jpg2009BWCCarolineLagrange2_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation has named the 2010 Bowlers of the Year in the Adult, Senior and Junior categories. Michael Schmidt (l.) and Caroline Lagrange (r.) were named Adult Male and Female Bowlers of the Year.  Miles Nerona and Sherry Hobson were named the 2010 Senior Bowlers of the Year. Graham Fach and Brittany Hawkes earned Bowler of the Year honors in the Junior male and female division.

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Californians Sam Carter, Vic Meyerhoff win big at 2011 Winter Mini-Eliminator

Summer Mini-Eliminator moves to Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center

2011WinterMESamCarter_small.jpgThe 2011 Winter Mini-Eliminator finished its five days of competition and crowned two major champions. The winner of the scratch Mini and its $20,000 top prize was senior bowler Sam Carter of Ben Lomond, Calif. The handicap Mini champion, and winner of the $10,000 top prize was Vic Meyerhoff of San Francisco, Calif. A great crowd of over 1,200 entries, the highest entry count of the past four years, competed for more than $250,000 in prizes.



Ontario's Sandy Lowe named to Canadian Tenpin Federation Hall of Fame

By Hazel McLeary, CTF Public Relations

2010BWCSandyLowe_small.jpgSandy Lowe, Lindsay, Ontario has been named as the 16th member of the Canadian Tenpin Federation Hall of Fame in the Athlete's category. Lowe joins 15 other athletes, one veteran and nine builders in the national tenpin hall. The presentation will be held at the closing banquet of the National Championships which will take place in Montreal, Quebec, May 21-23, 2011. Lowe, was a member of Team Canada from 1992-1996 and 1999-2002 and had a successful international bowling career.



Bowler in the running with Olympic gold medalist for Manitoba Athlete of the Year

2010BWCChampionMichaelSchmidt_small.jpgTwo-time Bowling World Cup champion Michael Schmidt (pictured), Canada, made it to the final consideration for the Manitoba Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association's Male Athlete of the Year Award competing with an Olympic gold medalist for the honor. With his victory in the 46th edition in Toulon, France, Schmidt became only the second man to win multiple BWC titles. Jonathan Toews finally took the Male Athlete award for his roles in Canada's hockey gold medal in the Winter Games.



Sioban Ryans sets new Canadian record for three games By Jim Margueratt

2011SiobanRyans846_small.jpgSioban Ryans of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada has set a new Canadian women's record for three games. The 29-year-old posted an 846 series, an average of 282, at Prime Time Bowling in Burlington Ontario. Ryans started with 21 strikes in a row for games of 300 and 278 and closed out her record series with a 268 game to surpass the previous record by ten pins. Ryans previous high series was 787 and her high game was 297.

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18-year-old on Webber's top-ranked bowling team sets Guinness World Record By Lisa Coffey

Republished courtesy of The (Jan. 24, 2011)

20110124ColinChampion8strikesinaminute_small.jpgThose poor pins. They were toppled, slammed and split with record-breaking accuracy Monday evening by the Webber International University bowling teams. After nearly two hours, they were probably dizzy from the number of times they were set up and knocked down in an attempt to break a Guinness record. What hurt the most was when that skinny, 117-pound kid from Clearwater blasted eight strikes in 60 seconds, breaking the record by two. The champion was Colin Champion, 18, a freshman on Webber's B squad



PABCON launches First Inter Schools and Academies Bowling Tournament of the America

Tournament targets youth bowlers from 10 to 16 years of age

PABCONJoseGuandique_small.jpg2011PABCON_ISBATBanner_small.jpgJose A Guandique (pictured), president of the Pan American Bowling Confederation, has informed the PABCON member federations about PABCON's latest project which will be introduced in 2011. The "First Inter Schools and Academies Bowling Tournament of the America" will be established to promote the development of the Youth Bowling in the American zone. PABCON youth bowlers from 10 to 16 years of age will be eligible to participate.



Andres Gomez, Maria Rodriguez win Colombian Team Trials

Top six men and six women earn automatic spots on Team Colombia for 2011

201011PBAAndresGomez_small.jpg2009WWCJoseMariaRodriguez_small.jpgPBA exempt player Andres Gomez (pictured left) and collegiate standout Maria Rodriguez (right) won the 2011 Colombian Team Trials at the Sports Complex in Belen in Medellin. 40 men and 25 women from ten federations bowled seven 8-game blocks - 56 games overall - on seven different WTBA pattern from Dec. 12th through 18th to determine the top six men and six women who earned automatic spots on Team Colombia for 2011.

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Blind man bowls a perfect game — and it's not a fluke By Steve Schmadeke

Republished courtesy of (Oct. 2, 2010)

20101002RonGorch300_small.jpgThe league-night chorus of smashing pins diminished as other bowlers joined the crowd behind Morris resident Ron Gooch, who couldn't see the last 10 pins that separated him from the perfect game he'd spent 46 years chasing. Legally blind since childhood, Gooch, 52, had a bit of luck in picking up strikes so, on Sept. 15, he kept his mind clear, placed his feet as usual on either side of the center guide dot on lane 17 and, without looking up, rolled a 12th and final strike.

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104 year-old bowler rolls a 224 game to "kickoff" the new season

Lifelong sport keeps centenarian's competitive edge with younger teammates

20100826_104yearoldRollaZuck_small.jpgAlmost 6 years ago to the day, Rolla Zuck (pictured) shot a 199 game on his 99th birthday during his league bowling match at Century Bowl in Waterford, Michigan. Like all good athletes, Rolla believes that practice, practice, practice makes you better. Only 1 month shy of his 105th birthday, Rolla rolled a 224 game during the "League Season Kickoff Tournament" at his favorite bowling center, Century Bowl. The tournament included all league bowlers getting ready to start the new season.

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United States win 14 of 16 gold medals on the final day of competition at Tournament of The Americas

Aumi Guerra (DOM) and Kristie Lopez (PRC) claim women's and girls B All Events titles

2010ToAAumiGuerra_small.jpg2010ToACassidySchaub_small.jpgThe 16-player team from the United States won all four gold medals in the 4-player Team event, all four gold medals in Country All-Events and six out of eight gold medals in Individual All Events on the final day of competition in the 48th Lee Evans Tournament of The AmericasCassidy Schaub (l.) led all players with 7717 pinfall total and an average of 214.36 for 36 games. Aumi Guerra (r.), Dominican Republic, was the best female bowler averaging 207.75 for her 36 games.

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USA wins Adult, Senior and Junior A divisions in Mixed Doubles at Tournament of The Americas

Colombia claims the gold medal in Junior B

2010ToAMixedChrisBardolEmilyMaier_small.jpg2010ToAMixedJuniorAEliseBoltonKyleKing.jpgThe United States won another three gold medals in the Mixed Doubles competition at the Tournament of The Americas. Emily Maier teamed with Chris Bardol (l.) to win the Adult division, Lucy Sandelin and Ed Roberts won the Senior division and Elise Bolton and Kyle King (r.) took gold in Junior A. Colombia's Juliana Franco and Edison Molina won in Junior B. 

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United States dominate Doubles event at Tournament of The Americas

USA wins 4/8 medals, Colombia 2, and Canada and Dominican Republic 1 each

2010ToAMikeConnKyleKing_small.jpg2010ToADanielleLemoineMelissaCourchesne_small.jpgThe United States dominated the Doubles competition in the Tournament of The Americas winning 4 of 8 gold medals. Mike Conn and Kyle King (l.) posted the field-best 2635 six-game total to win in Male Junior A (ages 16-19). Canada's Danielle Lemoine and Melissa Courchesne (r.) led all female duos with 2523 en route to win the Junior Female A division.

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