Colombian bowlers lead as PABCON CoC Singles reaches halfway point



    Metrobowl in Guatemala City, Guatemala (May 16-21, 2010)

    2009LaRazaManuelOtalora.jpg2010TeamUSATrialsJohnJanawiczBrendaEdwards.jpgThe 2010 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championship of the Champions tournament got underway Monday, May 17, with the first of two 8-game blocks of the Singles competition at Metrobowl in Guatemala City. Guatemala.

    2009 World Games champion, Manuel Otalora (pictured left), and fellow Colombian national team member Rocio Restrepo set the pace in the men's and women's division on the long oil pattern.

    Otalora started his 8-game block with three sub-par games (157, 198, 194) but rebounded with a near-perfect 299 game followed by 200, 237, 220 and 207 to take the lead the 10-player men's field with 1712 pinfall total and an average of 214.00.

    John Janawicz (right with Brenda Edwards), United States, was 34 behind in second place with 1678 (209.75). Janawicz, who has won gold in Singles, All Events, national All Events, Mixed Doubles Masters and men's Masters at the 2008 Championship of the Champions in El Salvador, had two sub-200 games and high games of 252 and 257.

    With the final 8-game block on short oil to go on Tuesday, Frankie Colon, Puerto Rico, is the only other player with a 200-plus average after posting a 1677 series (209.63) including three sub-par games and a high game of 257.

    4th placed Luis Olivo, Venezuela, is already 106 pins off the pace for the bronze medal with 1571 (196.38).

    2009WUSORocioRestrepo3.jpg2009WWCSofiaGranda2.jpgRestrepo (pictured left), who won the silver medal in Singles in the 2003 World Championships at the tender age of 15, had four games under 200 and high games of 203, 237, 248 and 268, the highest game in the women's division thus far, to take a 41-pin lead with 1675 pinfall total and an average of 209.38.

    Patricia De Faria, Venezuela, is the only other woman, who managed a 200-plus average on long oil. De Faria used five games between 207 and 235 to take the second place with 1634 (204.25).

    Local favorite, 2001 World Games champion Sofia Granda (right), Guatemala, and Marie Ramirez, Costa Rica, are tied for third place with 1576 (197.00). Brenda Edwards, sister of former Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards, is fifth with 1534.

    Two players - one woman and one man - from each of the 10 participating PABCON member federations (Ecuador has send a man only) will bowl on dual lane condition for the titles in Women's and Men's Singles, Mixed Doubles and All Events culminating with the Masters portion of the event on Thursday, May 20.

    The Championship will be contested on the 34-ft. WTBA Stockholm (short) and the 44-ft. WTBA London (long) patterns.


    Men's Singles - Standings after the first block on long oil (8/16 games)


    Women's Singles - Standings after the first block on long oil (8/16 games)