Colombia beats USA for the Team gold at PABCON Men's Championships


    2015 PABCON Men

    Host Puerto Rico takes the bronze medal; Team USA's Marshall Kent captures the All-Events title

    2015PMCTeamColombia.jpgColombia (pictured left) grabbed the gold medal in the team event at the 2015 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday, snapping Team USA's 26-year run of team titles in the event.

    L-R Jaime Gonzalez, Santiago Mejia, Manuel Otalora, Jaime Monroy, Andres Gomez and Oscar Rodriguez.

    Colombia posted a 6,223 pinfall total (207.4 average) to beat Team USA (6,162) by 61 pins with Puerto Rico taking third with a 6,075 total at AMF Bolera Paradise Lanes.

    Jaime E. Gonzalez led the way for Colombia with a 1,354 total for the six games, followed by Andres Gomez (1,257), Jaime Monroy (1,238), Manuel H. Otalora (1,216) and Santiago Meija (1,158).

    2015PMCTeamUSA.jpgMarshall Kent posted the high six-game block in this year's competition with 1,437 (239.5 average) to lead Team USA. He was followed by Bill O'Neill (1,241), John Janawicz (1,158), Tommy Jones (1,124), Sean Rash (641) and Chris Barnes (561).

    L-R Kent, Janawicz, Rash, Barnes, Jones and O'Neill.

    The last time a team other than the United States had captured the gold medal in the PABCON Men's Championships was in 1989 when the Dominican Republic took a 49-pin victory over Team USA in Wichita, Kansas. Team USA then reeled off eight consecutive team titles in the event.

    Team USA's Kent, who won gold in trios and bronze in doubles, captured the All-Events title with a 5,383 total (224.3 average). Colombia's Gonzalez took silver with a 5,227 total while Cristian Azcona (5,053) of Puerto Rico took bronze.

    The Championships will come to a close Friday with Masters competition. The top 16 players after 24 games advanced to the best-of-three single-elimination bracket. Michael Fonseca of Puerto Rico took the final spot to advance with 4837 and an average of 201.54.

    All six members of Team USA earned a spot in the bracket. They will be joined by four Puerto Ricans, three Colombians and one bowler each from Canada, Mexico and Venezuela.

    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.

    For more information read Bulletin No. 1.


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