Barnes, Terrell-Kearney win masters gold at PABCON Championships


    Puerto Rico

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

    2009PCKimTerrellKearneyChrisBarnes.jpgChris Barnes and Kim Terrell-Kearney (pictured) capped off a successful week by Team USA by winning gold medals in Masters match play Saturday night at the 2009 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships.

    Barnes' title helped the men's team sweep all six gold medals - Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters. He defeated Ernesto Franco of Mexico, 2-1, in front of a full house of spectators at Carolina Bowling Center.

    Barnes took Game #1 246-203, dropped the second game 233-208 and then won the deciding match 218-188 in a game where Franco never put any pressure on him.

    "This was a week where I really just rode my teammates to gold medals," Barnes said. "I was just kind of in the background all week but it feels good to help us come through and complete the sweep."

    Terrell-Kearney swept Canada's Robin Orlikowski, 2-0, to win the women's gold medal. The finish gave the Team USA women gold medals in four of the six events - Trios, Team, All Events And Masters.

    "I don't know if I've ever had as much fun bowling as I had this week," Terrell-Kearney said. "I bowled great all week and fell short a few times, but I was able to come through when I really needed to."

    Terrell-Kearney won the opening game 224-223 when Orlikowski failed to strike on her fill ball after throwing two strikes in the final frame. Terrell-Kearney then swept the match with a 213-186 win.

    The Masters match play competition featured the top 16 men and top 16 women from the All Events standings after 24 games of competition. All 12 Team USA members advanced to the Masters, but Barnes and Terrell-Kearney were the only ones to earn medals.

    Franco and Orlikowski earned the silver medals as the championship match losers. Daniel Falconi of Mexico, Frankie Colon of Puerto Rico, Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia and Karen Marcano of Venezuela all shared bronze medals as they lost in the semifinals.


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