Canada and Mexico won two gold medals each in the Pan American Bowling Confederation Senior and Super Senior Championships singles competition which kicked off the six-day event Monday at bowling center Let’s Bowl in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Representing the host nation, Joe Ciach and Jill Friis started the Championships with victory in the men’s and women’s senior (50 and over) division.
Ciach (left, center) led the 32 men with 1389 and an average of 231.50. Ciach took the lead with a 279 in the fifth game and maintained a 12-pin lead over Lennie Boresch (right), United States, who took the silver medal with 1377. Bronze went to Salvador Suarez (left)of Mexico with 1341.
Friis (right, center) was the only woman who surpassed the 1200-mark (200 average) to lead the 24 senior women with 1248 and an average of 208. Senior Team USA’s Sharon Powers (right) and Lucy Sandelin (left) took silver and bronze with 1190 and 1151, respectively.
Alfonso Rodriguez and Enriqueta Berra earned gold medals no. 1 and 2 for Mexico in the men’s and women’s super senior (60 and over) division.
Rodriguez (left, center) averaged 225.17 on his way to the men’s title with 1351, which would have been good enough for bronze in the senior division. Jack Guay (left) of Canada also surpassed the 1300-mark to finish in second place with 1306. Isaac Amkie (right) of Mexico secured the bronze medal spot with 1277.
Berra (right, center) rolled six games between 189 and 163 for 1073 total, an average of 178.83, to emerge as women’s champion. Berra capitalized on a 134 last game by Nora Delgado (right) of Colombia, who slipped to second place with 1055. Her fellow countrywoman Ruth Vasquez (left) received the bronze medal with 1028.
During the Opening Ceremonies of the PABCON Senior and Super Senior Championships hosted by the Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF), two women and two men were inducted into the PABCON Hall of Fame: Ashi Gonzales, Rolando Sebelen, both of the Dominican Republic, and Bob Puttick, Canada, in the athlete category as well as CTF Hall of Famer Hazel McLeary in the builder category.
The Championships continue on Tuesday with the men’s and women’s doubles competition.
The 6th Pan American Bowling Confederation Senior Championships will be held simultaneously with the 4th PABCON Super Senior Championships August 19-24, 2018, at Bowling Center Let’s Bowl, a 30-laner in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, featuring 80 bowlers from 10 countries.
The 56 seniors (maximum four men and four women per country; must be 50 years and older in the year of the championship) will bowl for medals in singles, doubles, trios, teams, all-events and masters, while the 24 super seniors (maximum two men and two women age 60 and older) will compete for medals in singles, doubles, mixed doubles, mixed teams, all-events and masters.
For more information on the PABCON Senior and Super Senior Championships visit the PABCON website.
PABCON Senior, Super Senior Championships to start August 20 in Calgary
U.S. teams selected for 2018 PABCON Senior Championships
2016 PABCON Senior & Super Senior Championships
2015 PABCON Senior & Super Senior Championships
2013 PABCON Senior and Super Senior Championships
2011 PABCON Senior Championships
2008 PABCON Senior Championships
2008 PABCON Senior Championships
6th PABCON Senior Championships – Men’s Singles
6th PABCON Senior Championships – Women’s Singles
4th PABCON Super Senior Championships – Men’s Singles
4th PABCON Super Senior Championships – Women’s Singles