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Canada, USA win Doubles gold at World Senior Championships


France Joubert and Jill Friis of Canada captured the gold medal in women’s doubles at the World Senior Championships 2017, while USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and Bob Learn Jr., United States, took the men’s title at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany on Friday.

The award ceremony, originally scheduled immediately after the finals, which took place simultaneously, was postponed to Saturday.

In the women’s final, Joubert and Friis (left, l-r), who won bronze at the World Senior Championships 2015, finished strong to overtake Leanne Hulsenberg, who celebrated her 50th birthday today, and Tish Johnson (right, r-l), United States, 401-390.

In the men’s title match, Bohn and Learn recorded an exciting victory over their team mates Lennie Boresch and singles champion Ron Mohr (pictured left), 439-427.

In the women’s semi-finals, the Canadians, who earned the last spot for the medal round, stunned top seeded Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and singles champion Lynda Barnes (right), United States, 416-360.

Hulsenberg and Johnson flew past Mexico’s Teresa Piccini, who won gold in doubles at the inaugural WSrC in 2013, Margarita Ramos (left, l-r), 470-343. USA and Mexico shared the bronze medal.

Bohn and Learn, who led the men’s qualifying with record six-game total of 2,519, made the finals with a victory over Canada’s Richard Lafleur and Joe Ciach (right, r-l), 395-334, in the semifinal match.

Boresch and Learn cruised into the finals with a 402-321 win over Shaun Cummings and Andrew Frawley (left, l-r) of Australia. Canada and the Australia took home bronze medals.

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Men’s Doubles (Squad A)
Men’s Doubles (Squad B)
Women’s Doubles (Squad A)
Women’s Doubles (Squad B)
Doubles Semi-Finals and Finals (Men & Women)

Postponed to Saturday – August 19, 2017
Medal Presentation for Doubles (Men & Women)

Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the event commencing Tuesday, August 15, with the singles preliminaries all the way through to the masters finals which will conclude the Championships on Sunday, August 20.

The 3rd World Senior Championships 2017 will be held from August 13-20 at Europe’s biggest bowling center, the magnificent 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

Up to four men and four women per country (players must be 50 years of age or above in the year of the championship) will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, four-player teams, all-events and masters in the seven-day competition.

Singles, doubles and team events include six games of qualifying before the field is narrowed to the top four who advance to the medal round. The winners of the semi-finals bowl for gold and silver, the losers share the bronze medals.

The top 3 players in all-events (combined scores in singles, doubles and team preliminaries) also earn medals. The top 24 in all-events determine the medalists in masters in best-of-three games single-elimination match play format. The top 8 receive a first-round bye.

In accordance with World Bowling Statutes and Playing Rules Chapter 4.6.2, the 2017 World Senior Championships will be contested on the 41 feet Montreal lane conditioning pattern selected from Bank 2 (formerly “medium”) patterns of the World Bowling bank of patterns.

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on World Bowling, click here.

The 4th World Senior Championships will return to Las Vegas in August 2019, this time to the new South Point Bowling Plaza, which is part of the South Point Hotel and Casino.

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2017 World Senior Championships – Men’s Doubles Finals

Championship Round:
1. Parker Bohn III / Bob Learn Jr., United States, 834 (2 games)
2. Lennie Boresch / Ron Mohr, United States, 873 (2 games)
3. Richard Lafleur / Joe Ciach, Canada, 334 (1 game)
(tie) Shaun Cummings / Andrew Frawley, Australia, 321 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Bohn (173)/Learn (222) def. No. 4 Lafleur (177)/Ciach (157), 395-334
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Boresch (202)/Mohr (200) def. No. 2 Cummings (182)/Frawley (139), 402-321
Championship Match: Bohn (233)/Learn (206) def. Boresch (234)/Mohr (193), 439-427.

2017 World Senior Championships – Women’s Doubles Finals

Championship Round:
1. France Joubert / Jill Friis, Canada, 817 (2 games)
2. Leanne Hulsenberg / Tish Johnson, United States, 860 (2 games)
3. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard / Lynda Barnes, United States, 360 (1 game)
(tie) Teresa Piccini / Margarita Ramos, Mexico, 343 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Joubert (203)/Friis (213) def. No. 1 Dorin-Ballard (175)/Barnes (185), 416-360
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Hulsenberg (221)/Johnson (249) def. No. 2 Piccini (167)/Ramos (176), 470-343
Championship Match: Joubert (206)/Friis (195) def. Hulsenberg (196)/Johnson (194), 401-390.

Herbert Bickel

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