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Masters champions crowned at PABCON Senior & Super Senior Championships

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The 6th PABCON Senior Championships and the 4th PABCON Super Senior Championships concluded Friday at bowling center Let’s Bowl in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with match play masters.

Mexico’s Salvador Suarez and Isaac Amkie wrapped up the Championships with victory in the men’s division, while Lucy Sandelin, USA, and Deb Linington of Canada took home the hardware in the women’s division.

The top 16 men and women in senior all-events and the top 4 each in the super senior division determined the masters champion in best-of-three game single-elimination format in bracket system.

Suarez, seeded third in the men’s senior masters bracket after winning the bronze medal in all-events, defeated Warren Eales, USA, in the gold medal match, two-games-to-none.

In a high-scoring semi-final match against Eales’ team mate Steve Badovinac, Suarez won the first game, 257-246, lost the second 255-265, before he won by one pin in the deciding third game, 205-204, to advance. Eales swept Joe Ciach of Canada in the other semi-final match.

From left: Warren Eales, USA (Silver); Salvador Suarez, Mexico (Gold); Steve Badovinac, USA, and Joe Ciach, Canada (Bronze).

Jose Perez of the Dominican Republic set a highlight in his quarterfinal match against Badovinac when he posted one of two perfect games on the final day of competition, yet lost to the American, 2-1.

Lucy Sandelin also achieved perfection her way to gold medal in women’s senior masters, her third gold medal in this Championships after doubles and trios.

With the help of the 300 game, Sandelin defeated her doubles partner, Paula Vidad, 2.1, then swept Teresa Piccini of Mexico and Canada’s Deb Lee before she defeated team mate Sharon Powers for the gold medal, 2-1, including a 222-192 win in the decider.

From left: Sharon Powers, USA (Silver), Lucy Sandelin, USA (Gold); Jill Friis and Deb Lee, Canada (Bronze).

The super senior division drew only 12 men and 12 women, a loss of 16 bowlers compared to the 23 men and 17 women in 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Therefore the Pan American Bowling Confederation decided that only four instead of eight bowlers in each division would advance to the masters finals.

In the men’s semi-final matches, Hilton Nuñez, Dominican Republic, stunned top seeded singles, doubles, mixed team and all-events champion Alfonso Rodriguez, Mexico, 2-1, while Rodriguez’s doubles and team partner, Isaac Amkie swept Jack Guay of Canada, 2-0.

Amkie, who was second in all-events and third in singles, defeated Nuñez in two games, 191-169 and 228-193, for his third gold medal.

From left: Hilton Nuñez, Dominican Republic (Silver); Isaac Amkie, Mexico (Gold); Alfonso Rodriguez, Mexico and Jack Guay, Canada (Bronze).

On the super senior women’s side, doubles champion and no. 4 seed Deb Linington of Canada ousted top-seeded all-events champ Ruth Vasquez of Colombia, 2-1, while singles gold medalist and no. 3 seed Enriqueta Berra of Mexico sidelined Linington’s doubles partner and mixed doubles champion Lauraine Fast, 2-1.

Linington went on to defeat Berra in two games, 183-145 and 166-154, to wrap up the title.

From left: Enriqueta Berra, Mexico (Silver); Deb Linington, Canada (Gold); and Ruth Vasquez, Colombia, and Lauraine Fast, Canada (Bronze).

The 6th Pan American Bowling Confederation Senior Championships were held simultaneously with the 4th PABCON Super Senior Championships from August 19 to 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 were allowed; must be 50 years and older in the year of the championship) bowled 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 were allowed) competed 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.

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From left: Warren Eales, USA (Silver); Salvador Suarez, Mexico (Gold); Steve Badovinac, USA, and Joe Ciach, Canada (Bronze).

6th PABCON Senior Championships – Men’s Masters

Single-elimination, best-of-three games in bracket system

Round of 16
#16 Mario Garcia, Mexico, def. #1 Lennie Boresch, USA, 2-1
(209-202, 212-268, 246-223)
#8 Warren Eales, USA, def. #9 Alejandro Sanchez Mexico, 2-1
(241-206, 216-223, 211-202)
#4 Joe Ciach, Canada, def. #13 Doug Schatz, Canada, 2-1
(225-160, 181-203, 223-207)
#12 Antonio Santa, Puerto Rico, def. #5 Manuel Garcia, Mexico, 2-0
(238-185, 214-187)
#2 Steve Badovinac, USA, def. #15 Juan C. Narvaez, Panama, 2-0
(225-148, 255-215)
#7 Jose Perez, Dominican Republic, def. #10 Bob Learn Jr., USA, 2-0
(167-159, 268-168)
#3 Salvador Suarez, Mexico, def. #14 Nelson Jimenez, Colombia, 2-1
(263-155, 146-180, 221-184)
#11 John Chapman, Canada, def. #6 Ray Vervynck, Canada, 2-0
(205-168, 235-230)

Quarterfinals
Warren Eales, USA, def. Mario Garcia, Mexico, 2-1
(224-215, 233-241, 236-163)
Joe Ciach, Canada, def. Antonio Santa, Puerto Rico, 2-0
(237-216, 245-173)
Steve Badovinac, USA, def. Jose Perez, Dominican Republic, 2-1
(225-210, 231-300, 242-232)
Salvador Suarez, Mexico, def. John Chapman, Canada, 2-0
(185-182, 205-204)

Semi-finals
Warren Eales, USA, def. Joe Ciach, Canada, 2-0
(241-167, 235-199)
Salvador Suarez, Mexico, def. Steve Badovinac, USA, 2-1
(257-246, 255-265, 204-203)

Championship
Salvador Suarez, Mexico, def. Warren Eales, USA, 2-0
(227-209, 195-171).

From left: Sharon Powers, USA (Silver), Lucy Sandelin, USA (Gold); Jill Friis and Deb Lee, Canada (Bronze).

6th PABCON Senior Championships – Women’s Masters

Single-elimination, best-of-three games in bracket system

Round of 16
#1 Sharon Powers, USA, def. #16 Amanda Galeano, Colombia, 2-1
(180-194, 200-168, 211-190)
#8 Martha Trujillo, Colombia, def. #9 Maria Ruiz, Mexico, 2-1
(175-150, 168-182, 179-152)
#4 Jill Friis, Canada, def. Colombia #13 Janice Bodie-Hoyte, Bahamas, 2-1
(205-181, 204-211, 217-181)
#12 Sandra Silva, Colombia, def. #5 Margarita Ramos, Mexico, 2-0
(177-162, 203-184)
#2 Tish Johnson, USA, def. #15 Susan Grande, Canada, 2-0
(224-163, 190-155)
#10 Deb Lee, Canada, def. #7 Veronica Berumen, Mexico, 2-1
(204-210, 258-165, 214-188)
#3 Maria Piccini, Mexico, def. #14 Gloria Arango, Colombia, 2-0
(231-164, 191-171)
#6 Lucy Sandelin, USA, def. #11 Paula Vidad, USA, 2-1
(300-162, 184-201, 206-198)

Quarterfinals
Sharon Powers, USA, def. Martha Trujillo, Colombia, 2-1
(187-162, 153-176, 205-170)
Jill Friis, Canada, def. Sandra Silva, Colombia, 2-1
(178-191, 216-180, 205-202)
Deb Lee, Canada, def. #2 Tish Johnson, USA, 2-0
(228-205, 213-196)
Lucy Sandelin, USA, def. Maria Piccini, Mexico, 2-0
(192-180, 188-180)

Semi-finals
Sharon Powers, USA, def. Jill Friis, Canada, 2-1
(171-233, 182-166, 237-194)
Lucy Sandelin, USA, def. Deb Lee, Canada, 2-0
(212-203, 209-164)

Championship
Lucy Sandelin, USA, def. Sharon Powers, USA, 2-1
(209-201, 238-279, 222-192).

From left: Hilton Nuñez, Dominican Republic (Silver); Isaac Amkie, Mexico (Gold); Alfonso Rodriguez, Mexico and Jack Guay, Canada (Bronze).

4th PABCON Super Senior Championships – Men’s Masters

Single-elimination, best-of-three games in bracket system

Semi-finals
#4 Hilton Nuñez, Dominican Republic, def. #1 Alfonso Rodriguez, Mexico, 2-1
(229-227, 175-201, 211-188)
#2 Isaac Amkie, Mexico, def. #3 Jack Guay, Canada, 2-0
(224-213, 181-172)

Championship
Isaac Amkie, Mexico, def. Hilton Nuñez, Dominican Republic, 2-0
(191-169, 228-193).

From left: Enriqueta Berra, Mexico (Silver); Deb Linington, Canada (Gold); and Ruth Vasquez, Colombia, and Lauraine Fast, Canada (Bronze).

4th PABCON Super Senior Championships – Women’s Masters

Single-elimination, best-of-three games in bracket system

Semi-finals
#4 Deb Linington, Canada, def. #1 Ruth Vasquez, Colombia, 2-1
(132-198, 187-159, 182-180)
#3 Enriqueta Berra, Mexico, def. #2 Lauraine Fast, Canada, 2-1
(204-183, 181-189, 158-159)

Championship
Deb Linington, Canada, def. Enriqueta Berra, Mexico, 2-0
(183-145, 166-154).

Herbert Bickel

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