USA, Colombia sweep U21, U16 Singles titles to start 2015 PABCON Youth Championships


    2015 PABCON Youth

    U21 Boys Singles champion Kamron Doyle (USA) and Andres Rodríguez (VEN) achieve perfection

    2015PABCONYouthLogo.jpg2015PABCONYouthKamromDoyle2.jpgJunior Team USA's Kamron Doyle and Gazmine Mason and Colombia's Felipe Gil and Laura García won the gold medals in Singles in the Under-21 and Under-16 divisions to start the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships Sunday at Bolera Sede in Panamá City, Panamá.

    Doyle (pictured left) started the championships with bang rolling the first 300 game of the event in the first game of the U21 Boys Singles. Doyle, who won the gold medal in team at the 2014 World Youth Championships in Hong Kong, followed the perfecto with 270, 222, 214 269 and 236 to coast to the gold medal with 1511 pinfall total and an average of 251.83.

    Josh Lee Encarnación of Puerto Rico started his set with 287 and added five games between 248 and 22 to secure the silver medal with distant 1430 (238.33).

    Wesley Low Jr., United States, who defeated Doyle in the gold medal match of the Masters at the 2014 WYC, took the bronze medal with 1408 (234.67). Sixth place Andres Rodríguez of Venezuela posted the second 300 game of this Championships in his third game.

    2015PABCONYouthGazmineMason.jpgGazmine Mason (right) started the Girls U21 Singles with 211 but struggled in the second game (154). She rebounded with 218 and 225 and closed out with two big games, 248 and 258, to pull away and win the gold medal with 1314 total and an average of 219.00.

    Trailing Mason by 57 pins to finish in second place and to earn the silver was Laura Plazas of Colombia with 1257 (209.50). Kristie López of Puerto Rico grabbed the bronze medal with a huge 279 last game and 1255 total (209.17).

    Canada's Leigha Carnevale, who led the 41-player field after four games with 875, slipped all the way out of the medals to land in fifth place after finishing with 178, 178 and 180 for 1233.

    2015PABCONYouthFelipeGil.jpgFelipe Gil (left) and Laura García dominated the U16 Singles and swept the gold medals for Colombia. Gil rolled five consistently high games of 242, 215, 246, 245 and 228 to finish atop the boys' leaderboard with 1176 total and an average of 235.20 for five games.

    Gianmarco Gaglione of Venezuela saved his best for last finishing his set with high games of 247 and 278 to shoot into second place with 1129 (225.80). Bronze went to his compatriot Rodolfo Monacelli Jr., who used high games of 258, 244 and 236 for 1125 (225.00).

    2015PABCONYouthLauraGarcia.jpgGarcía (right) was playing in her own league out averaging her nearest competitor by nearly 24 pins. She started her five-game block with the division-best 289 game and added 239, 214, 216 and 214 to cruise to the gold medal with 1172 and an average of 234.40.

    Ericka Quesada of Costa Rica was 121 pins behind in second place with 1053 (210.60), including a high game of 257, to earn the silver medal. Paulina Torres of Puerto Rico was further 66 pins behind in third place to take bronze with 987 (197.40) after finishing with 211 and 221.

    Action shifts to the U16 and U21 doubles competition on Monday.

    2015PABCONYouthLogo_small.jpg The 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships, which runs from June 27 through July 3 and takes place at Bolera Sede in Panama City, drew 139 youth bowlers from 16 countries, 103 (62 boys and 41 girls) in the Under-21 division and 36 (22 boys and 14 girls) in the Under-16 division.

    Players will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and match-play Masters.


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