Mexicans Baeza and Falconi lead men's singles

    08/05/03

    2003 Pan Am Games

    By Mark Miller

     Mexico's Marcos Baeza (pictured left) and Daniel Falconi (on the right) averaged 234.67 and 220.83 to earn the top two spots after the first round of men's bowling singles action Monday in the 14th Pan American Games at the Sebelen Bowling Center.

    Baeza put together 223, 226, 236, 256, 222 and 245 games for his 1,408 total. Falconi had 160, 241, 212, 202, 213 and a record-tying 297 final game for 1,325. Colombia's Andres Gomez was third with 1,299.

    Two-time U.S. Amateur Champion Bill Hoffman stood fifth with 1,268. Fellow doubles gold medalist Scott Pohl was sixth with 1,259. Hoffman, the 1999 and 2003 U.S. Amateur Champion from Columbus, Ohio, started strong with 243 and 245 games, went 151 and 170 in his middle games, and finished well with 241 and 218. His average for the day was 211.33.

    "The lanes transitioned differently than the other day. I had to make a move," the 29-year-old bowler said. "I didn't make the transition in games 3 and 4 right away. "I don't have as much of a problem bowling on the longer pattern which we'll see tomorrow. I'm still going to win a medal."

    Pohl started with 195, then went 247, 214, 199, 223 and 181. His average for the day was 209.83. "I'm in contention for a medal. That's all you can ask for," said Pohl, a 34-year-old bowling pro shop manager from Eagan, Minn. "It was more or less surviving today getting into contention for tomorrow. The biggest difference today was I missed no spares. I don't feel like I gave very many pins back."

    Singles competition concludes Tuesday with the final six games of women's singles at 10 a.m. and men's singles at 3 p.m. Medals will be presented about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's competition.


    Men's Division - Singles after the first block


    Players with position, country, six-game total and average

    1. Marcos Baeza, Mexico, 1408, 234,67
    2. Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 1325, 220,83
    3. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1299, 216,50
    4. Diego Fernandez, Guatemala, 1271, 211,83
    5. Bill Hoffman, United States, 1268, 211,33
    6. Scott Pohl, United States, 1259, 209,83
    7. Pedro Elias, Venezuela, 1244, 207,33
    8. Danyck Briere, Canada, 1233, 205,50
    9. Luis Perez, Puerto Rico, 1232, 205,33
    10. Jorge Romero, Colombia, 1222, 203,67
    11. Manuel Zambrano, Panama, 1220, 203,33
    12. Francisco Colon, Puerto Rico, 1195, 199,17
    13. Fabio Rezende, Brazil, 1190, 198,33
    14. Roberto Baranano, Uruguay, 1184, 197,33
    15. Antoine Jones, Bermuda, 1179, 196,50
    16. Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 1172, 195,33
    17. Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 1165, 194,17
    18. Luis Benasus, Uruguay, 1158, 193,00
    19. Rolando A. Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1153, 192,17
    20. Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 1145, 190,83
    21. George Lambert IV, Canada, 1139, 189,83
    22. Errol Brown, Aruba, 1138, 189,67
    23. Juan Araya, Chile, 1137, 189,50
    24. Hilton Nunez, Dominican Republic, 1134, 189,00
    25. Jose Mendez, Guatemala, 1128, 188,00
    26. Jose Avendarno, Panama, 1126, 187,67
    27. Walter Costa, Brazil, 1116, 186,00
    28. Juan Carlos Azar, Ecuador, 1096, 182,67
    29. Ruben Favero, Argentina, 1053, 175,50
    30. Steven Riley, Bermuda, 1047, 174,50
    31. Jose Zambrano, Ecuador, 1043, 173,83
    32. Mario Valverde, Costa Rica, 1014, 169,00