Marcelo Suartz, Liz Johnson lead Singles events after first round in PABCON CoC


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    201PC2CoCMarceloSuartz.jpg201112PBAAndresGomez.jpgMarcelo Suartz of Brazil (pictured left) and Liz Johnson of the host country United States took the lead in men's and women's Singles after the first block of six games on short oil in the 2012 PABCON Champion of Champions Tournament Wednesday at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

    Suartz, a recent graduate and a bowler on the national collegiate champion Webber International University, used games of 278, 290 and 228 (796) to end round one with 1,457 total, an average of 242.83 for six games.

    "I think coming off the win at nationals really helped and gave me a boost of confidence coming into PABCON. My goal is to win a gold medal for my country and to hear my national anthem and having that win gave me some momentum," said Suartz.

    201112PBADanMacLelland.jpg201112PBAAmletoMonacelli.jpgAndres Gomez (above right) of Colombia is in second place with 1,377. Gomez, who won his first PBA title this season at the Carmen Salvino Classic, opened the round with a 266-game and never shot anything less than 220 until his final game in which he posted a 200.

    Reigning PABCON Masters champion Dan MacLelland (left) of Canada and Mexico's Ernesto Franco are tied for third with 1,366. Jean Perez of Puerto Rico and Manual Fernandez, Dominican Republic, sit in fifth and sixth place with 1332 and 1310, respectively.

    PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (above right) of Venezuela is seventh with 1,300 and Team USA's Steve Smith rounds out the top 8 with 1,250.

    2002USBCQLizJohnson.jpg2010CACGSofiaGranda.jpgTwo-time WTBA world champion Liz Johnson (left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y. had a slow start into the women's singles with 195, then posted games of 224, 208, 216, 258 and 236 to take the lead with 1,337 and an average of 222.83.

    Past World Games winner Sophia Granda (right) of Guatemala finished her set with 257 and 245 to sit in second place with 1315. Aseret Zetter of Mexico was third with 1283 and was followed by Viviana Delgado, Costa Rica, and two-time World Cup champion Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, with 1256 and 1253.

    Paola Gomez, Andrez' sister, and Karen Marcano of Venezuela were tied for sixth place with 1204. Rounding out the top 8 was Neishka Cardona of Puerto Rico with sup-par 1184 (197.33 average).

    The first round was played on the the short oil pattern (Beijing, 35 ft.) which is being conditioned using Kegel’s battery powered Kustodian Walker Sport Model. Lane conditioner of choice for the tournament is Infinity. Lane cleaner of choice for the tournament is Defense C.

    Singles competition continues on Thursday with round two on the medium oil pattern (Montreal, 41 ft.) which is being conditioned using Kegel’s battery powered Kustodian ION Sport Model. The bowlers will bowl six final games to determine the singles medalists.

    2012PCCOCLogo.jpg's BowlTV will provide free live streaming of the 2012 PABCON Champion of Champions from start to finish:
    Wednesday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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    Friday, May 11 from 8 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
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    Medals will be awarded in Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Mixed Doubles, Men's All-Events, Women's All-Events, National All-Events, Women's Singles Masters, Men's Singles Masters and Mixed Doubles Masters.

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    The top eight teams in the National All-Events will join Colombia in qualifying for next year's World Games to be held in Cali, Colombia. Bowling is one of more than 30 sports not currently included in the Olympics that are showcased in the World Games.


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    Men's Singles - Standings after Round One (short oil)


    Women's Singles - Standings after Round One (short oil)