Granda, Colon start PABCON Championship of the Champions with victory in Singles



    Top 3 men and women remain unchallenged in second block on short oil

    2009PCRFSofiaGranda.jpgSofia Granda (left), Guatemala and Frankie Colon, Puerto Rico both posted the highest 8-game block on short oil en route to start the PABCON Championship of the Champions 2010 with victory in women's and men's Singles.

    Granda, who rolled a 1576 series Monday in the first block on long oil, added 1825 on short to claim the women's gold medal with 3401 16-game total and an average of 212.56.

    Granda took a slim lead after the first three games (11 overall) Tuesday at Metrobowl in Guatemala City behind games of 244, 236 and 256 (736) with day one leader Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, and Patricia De Faria, Venezuela, mere 10 and 11 pins behind, respectively.

    2009WUSORocioRestrepo.jpg2010PCCoCBrendaEdwards2.jpgDe Faria, who started the day in second place with 1634, matched Granda's pace in the next four games (Granda 865, De Faria 859) setting up a final showdown to determine the champion. Granda finished with 224 to De Faria's 196 to wrap up the title. The Venezuelan had to settle for the silver medal with 3356 (209.75) and Restrepo (pictured left) got bronze with 3335 (208.44).

    Brenda Edwards (rightt), United States, who rolled the highest game of 277 in game 14, was the only other woman with a 200-plus average with 3209 (200.56) in fourth place. Marie Ramirez, Costa Rica, who was tied with Granda after the first block slipped to fifth place (3139) behind a 1563 series on short oil.

    2009USBCOCFrankieColon.jpgLike Granda, Colon (pictured left) started the second day in third place with 1677 trailing overnight leader Manuel Otalora (1712), Colombia, and 2008 CoC Singles champion John Janawicz (1678), United States, by 35 and 1 pin.

    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, came out of the gates quickly with 279, the highest game of the day, to overtake the lead.

    Otalora, the 2009 World Games champion, regained the lead with back-to-back 230s and Colon also overtook the Team USA member one game later. Janawicz, however, rebounded with 269 in game 5 (13 overall) to take a 49-pin lead over Otalora and with Colon another 24 pins behind in third.

    2010TeamUSATrialsJohnJanawicz.jpg2009WGManualOtalora.jpgThe Puerto Rican then fired a 770 series over the last three games (276, 236, 258) for 1835 on short oil to cruise to the title with 3512 total pinfall, an average of 219.50 over 16 games. Janawicz (pictured left) closed out his set with 664 to earn the silver medal with 3479 (217.44).

    Otalora (right) had to settle for bronze with 3409 (213.06). Luis Olivo, Venezuela, was a distant fourth with 3296 (206.00).

    The PABCON Championship of the Champions 2010 continues Wednesday with the Mixed Doubles competition featuring two blocks of 4 games.

    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 (Individual and Mixed Doubles) 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.


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