Bill O'Neill breaks PABCON Championships record en route to Singles gold


    Puerto Rico

    Carolina Bowling Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico (Sep. 20-27, 2009)

    200809PBA05BillONeill.jpgCompeting as a Team USA member for the first time, Bill O'Neill (pictured) put on a record-breaking performance in winning the Singles gold medal Tuesday at the 2009 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships.

    O'Neill totaled 1475 for six games, an average of nearly 246, to win the opening event at Carolina Bowling Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The PBA star had games of 229, 204, 238, 279, 246 and 279 (804 for the last 3 games) on the day's opening squad and broke the previous record of 1428, which was set in 2001 by Canada's Danyck Briere.

    "This is all pretty interesting to me because I didn't expect it," said O'Neill, who was added to Team USA in January by the coaching staff after a strong performance on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. "I just wanted to come out and bowl well to make the coaches feel like they made a good decision by picking me."

    2009TeamUSATTDavidHaynes.jpgO'Neill said he entered Tuesday's event with modest expectations, hoping just to get his feet wet in his first international tournament as a member of Team USA.

    "I really didn't plan on winning the first event," O'Neill said. "But hopefully this is a sign of things to come for the rest of the week."

    Mexico's Jorge Rosado finished with 1422 including a 277 high game to take the silver medal. Rosado averaged 237.00. Team USA veteran David Haynes (right) finished with a 257 game to beat out Alejandro Cruz (236), Mexico, for the bronze medal by 18 pins, 1388 (231.33) to 1370.

    Mexico and the United States had four of their six players among the top 10. Mexico's Benjamin Corona (1356) and Ernesto Franco (1354) landed in 6th and 7th place with PBA super stars Chris Barnes (1351) and Patrick Allen (1340) close behind in 8th and 9th place.

    2009USBCOCFrankieColon.jpgLocal favorite Frankie Colon (left), Puerto Rico, was fifth with 1362. Rounding out the top 10 was another bowler from the host country, Antonio Santa, with 1339 or an average of 223.17.

    12-time PBA champion Tommy Jones, United States, was 16th with 1308, and PBA exempt player Cassidy Schaub was 26th with 1271.

    Competition continues Wednesday with the Doubles event. Medals will be also awarded for Trios, Team, All Events and Masters, which consists of the top 16 men and top 16 women from the All Events standings.


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