Team USA's Hoffman, Pohl combine to capture men's doubles gold medal

    08/04/03

    2003 Pan Am Games

    By Mark Miller

    2003PAGMenDoublesUSA.jpg Two-time U.S. Champion Bill Hoffman and Scott Pohl (l-r) turned a late rally into a gold medal as they lifted the United States to victory Sunday in bowling's men's doubles competition in the 14th Pan American Games at the Sebelen Bowling Center.

    Down by 45 pins to Canada with two games remaining, Hoffman and Pohl combined for 490 to move into the lead and closed with 425 to secure the gold with 5,020 for 12 overall games. Canada (Danyck Briere and George Lambert IV) collected the silver medal with 4,891 and Colombia (Jaime Gomez and Jorge Romero) earned the bronze with 4,877.

    2003PAGMenDoublesTop3.jpg Hoffman, the 1999 and 2003 U.S. Amateur Champion, finished with the highest individual average of 220.67. Hoffman opened Sunday's action with 215, and then rolled 193 before running off 216, 204, 259 and 199 games.

    "Four years ago I wasn't selected to this but promised myself I would come back here and win the gold," said Hoffman, a 29-year-old bowler from Columbus, Ohio. "It was nice but it was an expectation I set for myself four years ago."

    "This means representing your country plain and simple," said Pohl, a 34-year-old bowling pro shop manager from Eagan, Minn. "I'm happy I got gold. I've had friends and coaches do the same. That's why I tried out for the team."

    Fellow Minnesotans John Eiss, Missy Howard, Lisa Duenow and Sam Lantto all have won international events. Hoffman rolled 259 and Pohl added 231 in the critical game that turned the 45-pin deficit into a 64-pin lead. "I told Scott before we bowled 490 we had to hit the gas and we did," Hoffman said. "There was no sense waiting to catch up."

    "We had a conversation that now was the time to get going," Pohl said. "I made some angle adjustments and we made things happen." After starting with a 201 game, Pohl slipped to 152. Rather than let it bother him, he came back with 205, 203, 231 and 226 for a 197.67 overall average.

    "I tried to stay relaxed. I waited for good things to happen. I knew we were first or second." Bowling competition resumes Monday with the first six games of women's singles at 10 a.m. and men's singles at 3 p.m. The final six games will be at the same times Tuesday.


    Men's Division - Final Standings Doubles


    Countries and players with position, 12-game total and average

    1. United States, 5020, 209,17
    Bill Hoffman, 2648, 220,67 Scott Pohl, 2372, 197,67

    2. Canada, 4891, 203,79
    George Lambert IV, 2378, 198,17/Danyck Briere, 2513, 209,42

    3. Colombia, 4877, 203,21
    Andres Gomez, 2541, 211,75/Jorge Romero, 2336, 194,67


    4. Costa Rica, 4871, 202,96
    Mario Valverde, 2496, 208,00/Alejandro Reyna, 2375, 197,92

    5. Venezuela, 4845, 201,88
    Arturo Hernandez, 2514, 209,50/Pedro Cardozo, 2331, 194,25

    6. Mexico, 4778, 199,08
    Daniel Falconi, 2522, 210,17/Marcos Baeza, 2256, 188,00

    7. Puerto Rico, 4760, 198,33
    Francisco Colon, 2467, 205,58/Luis Perez, 2293, 191,08

    8. Argentina, 4631, 192,96
    Ruben Favero, 2280, 190,00/Lucas Legnani, 2351, 195,92

    9. Uruguay, 4571, 190,46
    Roberto Baranano, 2302, 191,83/Luis Benasus, 2269, 189,08

    10. Bermuda, 4551, 189,63
    Antoine Jones, 2322, 193,50/Steven Riley, 2229, 185,75

    11. Guatemala, 4548, 189,50
    Diego Fernandez, 2199, 183,25/Jose Mendez, 2349, 195,75

    12. Panama, 4537, 189,04
    Jose Avendano, 2267, 188,92/Manuel Zambrano, 2270, 189,17

    13. Brazil, 4509, 187,88
    Walter Costa, 2260, 188,33/Fabio Rezende, 2249, 187,42

    14. Dominican Republic, 4499, 187,46
    Hilton Nunez, 2159, 179,92/Rolando A. Sebelen, 2340, 195,00

    15. Ecuador, 4383, 182,63
    Juan Carlos Azar, 2213, 184,42/Jose Zambrano, 2170, 180,83

    16. Chile, 2220, 185,00
    Juan Marcos Araya, 2220, 185,00,

    17. Aruba, 2191, 182,58
    Errol Brown, 2191, 182,58,