Colombia sweeps Individual Masters titles at PABCON Champion of Champions


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    Venezuela wins Mixed Doubles Masters gold on final day of the championships

    2012PCCoCPaolaGomezAndresGomez.jpgThe final day of the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions belonged to countries from South America as Venezuela took the Mixed Doubles gold, while Colombia swept the Individual Masters titles.

    Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli and Karen Marcano defeated Team USA's Steve Smith and Liz Johnson, 493-409, to win the Mixed Doubles Masters at the Kegel Training Center in Lakes Wales, Fla.

    Colombia's Paola Gomez (pictured left) knocked off Johnson for the Women's Masters title, while her brother, Andres Gomez (right), defeated Canada's Dan MacLelland to take the Men's Masters gold.

    2012PCCOCKarenMarcanoAmletoMonacelli.jpgIn the Mixed Doubles championship match, Team USA got off to a slow start and never recovered in earning the silver medal. Monacelli (right) fired a 259 game, while Marcano (left) had 234 in the winning effort. Johnson shot 239 and Smith had 170 for Team USA.

    "We just fell short in the final matches," Team USA assistant coach Kim Terrell-Kearney said. "Looking back, I don't think we would do a whole lot differently. Sometimes you just get beat."

    Paola Gomez came out strong against Johnson in the Women's Masters title match and cruised to a 246-216 victory. In the Men's Masters title match, Andres Gomez took down MacLelland, 236-209. The losers in the championship matches took silver medals.

    In the Mixed Doubles semifinals, Venezuela defeated Brazil, 427-405, while Team USA knocked off Puerto Rico, 514-416. Brazil and Puerto Rico shared the bronze medal.

    Andres Gomez barely survived in the men's semifinals, defeating Brazil's Singles and All Events gold medalist Marcelo Suartz, 245-244, while MacLelland advanced 279-217 over Amleto Monacelli.

    Johnson, who almost achieved perfection in the quarterfinal eliminating Neishka Cardona, Puerto Rico, 298-190, defeated Guatemala's Sophia Granda, 258-234, while Paola Gomez knocked off Karen Marcano, 213-176, in the women's semifinals. All semifinal losers shared bronze medals.

    A total of 18 countries are represented in the PABCON Champion of Champions, which features one man and one woman from each country. Medals have been awarded in Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Mixed Doubles, Men's All Events, Women's All Events, National All Events, Women's Masters, Men's Masters and Mixed Doubles Masters.

    Team USA led the medal tally with four gold and two silver medals. Colombia was second earning medals in all but one discipline. Seven out of the 18 countries shared the medals.



    2011Kegel30yearLogo_small.jpg The 2012 PABCON Champion of Champions was contested on two different lane conditioning pattern, the 35.ft. short Beijing oil pattern, which was conditioned using Kegel's battery powered Kustodian Walker Sport Model, and the 41 ft. medium (Montreal oil Pattern, which was conditioned using Kegel's battery powered Kustodian ION Sport Model. Lane conditioner of choice for the tournament was Infinity. Lane cleaner of choice for the tournament was Defense C.

    The championships also served as the qualification event for the 2013 World Games with the top eight teams, including host Colombia, in the National All Events advancing. The advancing teams were the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.

    The 2013 World Games will 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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    2012 PABCON Champion of Champions - Men's Masters

    Andres Gomez, Colombia def. Ernesto Franco, Mexico, 224-172
    Marcelo Suartz, Brazil def. Alberto Lizano, Costa Rica, 223-211
    Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela def. Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 226-212
    Dan MacLelland, Canada def. Steve Smith, United States, 217-207

    Gomez def. Suartz, 245-244
    MacLelland def. Monacelli, 279-217

    Gomez def. MacLelland, 236-209.


    2012 PABCON Champion of Champions - Women's Masters

    Paola Gomez, Colombia def. Aseret Zetter, Mexico, 237-230
    Liz Johnson, United States def. Neishka Cardona, Puerto Rico, 298-190
    Sophia Granda, Guatemala def. Thashaina Seraus, Aruba, 192-167
    Karen Marcano, Venezuela def. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 196-168

    Gomez def. Marcano, 213-176
    Johnson def. Granda, 258-234

    Gomez def. Johnson, 246-216.


    2012 PABCON Champion of Champions - Mixed Doubles Masters

    Puerto Rico (Neishka Cardona / Jean Perez) def. Mexico (Aseret Zetter / Ernesto Franco), 441-432
    United States (Liz Johnson / Steve Smith) def. Guatemala (Sofia Granda / Andres Herrera), 436-349
    Brazil (Roseli Santos / M Suartz) def. Colombia (Paola Gomez / Andres Gomez), 400-376
    Venezuela (Karen Marcano / Amleto Monacelli) def. Canada (Felicia Wong / Dan MacLelland), 457-401

    Venezuela def. Brazil, 427-405
    United States def. Puerto Rico, 514-416

    Venezuela def. United States, 493-409.