Hamilton, VanDaniker win mixed doubles title at TOA

ARLINGTON, Texas - Team USA members Brittni Hamilton of Webster, N.Y., and Eddie VanDaniker of Chatsworth, Calif., each had an up-and-down day but combined to take the mixed doubles title at the 51st Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Fla., on Thursday.

Hamilton (above) and VanDaniker's 2,590 total in the Adult division topped the Colombian team of Natalia Rico and Manuel Otalora (2,552). Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tenn., and Steve Smith of San Diego finished fourth.

Hamilton took charge early with a 689 series during the first three games of the six-game competition as VanDaniker posted a 581 series. In the final three games, VanDaniker had a 754 series as Hamilton finished with a 566 set.

The United States team also took the gold medal in three other divisions.

Breanna Clemmer of Clover, S.C., and Bradley Crouse of Nazareth, Pa., beat Ashley Dunn and Wesley Low, both of Palmdale, Calif., by 10 pins in the Junior B (ages 12-15) division. All four are members of the U15 development team,

Paula Vidad and Pete Thomas continued their strong performances as each won their third title in the Senior Division, beating out teammates Char Hammel and Bubba Haney. Dana Miller-Mackie and Ed Roberts won the Super Senior division.

The Junior Team USA pairings of Elise Bolton of Merritt Island, Fla., and Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., and Morgan O'Brien of Lomira, Wis., and Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Junior A (ages 16-19) division. Colombia's Laura Plazas and Jorge Tello won the division.

The team event, the final event of the competition, begins Friday. The four-member teams will bowl six games on Friday and another four games on Saturday.

The Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas is the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone. It is an invitational competition for countries in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), the American Zone of the World Tenpin Bowling Association.

In each division, one team comprised of two men and two women compete in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team. After 36 games, individual all-events and national all-events champions are recognized.

In the all-events race, Team USA holds the top two spots in the Adult divisions as Earnest has a 50-pin lead over Hamilton and Smith leads VanDaniker. O'Brien and Anderson lead Junior A, Clemmer leads Junior B, Vidad and Thomas each have big leads in Senior, and Miller-Mackie and Ed Roberts lead in Super Senior.

Go to bowlingamericas.com for scores and schedules.