Host Puerto Rico's Cristian Azcona, Israel Hernandez take Doubles gold


    2015 PABCON Men

    Team USA earns silver, bronze at PABCON Men's Championships



    2015PMCDoublesCristianAzconaIsraelHernandez.jpg Puerto Rico took the gold medal, while Team USA earned the silver and bronze medals Tuesday in the doubles event at the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships.

    Cristian Azcona and Israel Hernandez (pictured left, l-r) gave host Puerto Rico the gold medal with a six-game total of 2,739 (228.3 average) on the 39-foot Seoul pattern at AMF Bolera Paradise Lanes in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    The photo above shows the medalists in Doubles: L-R O'Neill & Jones (2nd), Azcona & Hernandez (1st) and Kent & Rash.

    Hernandez led the duo with a 1,404 total, while Azcona fired 1,335. The pair were propelled to the title by a huge fifth game, shooting a combined 537 (Azcona 248, Hernandez 289) to secure a big lead on the field.

    The victory gave Puerto Rico its first doubles title in the event since 1993 when Jim Porter and Jaime Almendro won with 2,486 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    2015PMCTommyJonesBillONeill.jpgTeam USA's Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, (pictured right, r-l) made a late charge at the gold but came up short, earning the silver with 2,711.

    Jones had the highest individual total of the day with 1,424, while O'Neill added 1,287. The U.S. pair finished with a 455 game but fell 28 pins short of the top spot on the podium.

    Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, combined to earn the bronze medal for Team USA with 2,665. Rash shot 1,379, while Kent had 1,286.

    With 2,584 total and an average of 215.33 for twelve games, Jones took the lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams) from his teammate, Singles champion John Janawicz, who slipped to sixth place with 2,561.

    Travis Cauley of Canada moved from fourth to second place with 2579, while Hernandez jumped from 16th to third place with 2,573. Rounding out the top 5 are Kent (2,571) and Colombia's Jaime E. Gonzalez (2,570).

    The PABCON Men's Championships features the best bowlers from the American Zone competing for medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and match-play Masters. Competition continues Wednesday with the Trios event.

    For more information read Bulletin No. 1.


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