Team USA sweeps Trios gold medals at PABCON Championships


    Puerto Rico

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

    2009OPCOKeefeBarnesPluhowsky.jpgTeam USA's men and women swept the gold medals in trios Thursday at the 2009 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships.

    Shannon O'Keefe, Lynda Barnes and Shannon Pluhowsky (pictured l-r) earned the American women their first gold medal of the championships by finishing with a six-game total of 3980. For the men, Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones and Bill O'Neill earned the gold with 3915 at Carolina Bowling Center.

    "It was a total team effort by both the men's and the women's teams," Lynda Barnes said. "It was just plain fun out there tonight and we worked together as a team."

    O'Keefe led the threesome with 1353, an average of better than 225 per game, while Pluhowsky was a close second with 1344. Barnes finished with 1283 as Team USA pulled away from the field in Game 5 with a 759 game.

    2009OPCONeillJonesBarnes.jpgO'Neill (left) led the men with 1333 and was followed by Jones (center) with 1307 and Barnes (right) with 1275. The Team USA men closed out their six-game set with a 732 game on the day's opening squad to give them what turned out to be an insurmountable lead.

    Team USA also earned the silver medal on the men's side as David Haynes (1320), Patrick Allen (1283) and Cassidy Schaub (1247) finished with a total of 3850. Colombia's Manuel Otalora, Jaime Monroy and Andres Gomez took the bronze with 3800.

    Colombia's women's team of Rocio Restrepo, Clara Juliana Guerrero and Paola Gomez won the silver medal with 3794. Venezuela's Patricia de Faria, Karen Marcano and Alicia Marcano took the bronze with 3645.

    Competing on the first squad of the day, the other Team USA women's threesome of Kim Terrell-Kearney (1200), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (1174) and Diandra Asbaty (1170) finished sixth with 3544.

    In All Events after 18 of 24 games, the top three women are all Team USA bowlers. Pluhowsky leads with 3811, an average of 211.13, Terrell-Kearney is second with 3788 and O'Keefe is third with 3786. Women's World Championships Guerrero is mere five pins behind O'Keefe in fourth place with 3781.

    The top three men in the All Events standings are also from the United States as Singles champion O'Neill held on to the lead with with 4133, Doubles champions Jones and Barnes are in second and third with 4019 and 4010, respectively. Frankie Colon Jr., Puerto Rico is 26 pins behind Barnes in fourth with 3984.

    Competition in 2009 PABCON Championships continues Friday with the Team event. Medals will be also awarded All Events and Masters. The top 16 players in the All Events standings after 24 games advance to Masters match play on Saturday afternoon.


    Related Articles

    Guatemala's Zussie Machon, Sofia Granda strike gold in women's doubles in Puerto Rico
    Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones win men's Doubles at PABCON Championships
    Karen Marcano starts PABCON Championships with victory in Singles
    Bill O'Neill breaks PABCON Championships record en route to Singles gold
    Star-studded Team USA to compete in Puerto Rico
    Team Canada will compete at PABCON Championships in Puerto Rico
    PABCON Men's and Women's championships will reunite in San Juan, Puerto Rico


    2009 PABCON Championships - Women's Trios


    2009 PABCON Championships - Men's Trios


    Women's All Events after 18 of 24 games

    The top 16 after 24 games will advance to the Masters finals.


    Men's All Events after 18 of 24 games

    The top 16 after 24 games will advance to the Masters finals.