PABCON: USA, Canada win Masters

HENDERSON, Nev. - Team USA's Shannon Pluhowsky and Canada's George Lambert earned the gold medals Saturday in Masters match play to close out the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships.

PABCON MastersPluhowsky defeated teammate Liz Johnson, 238-226, to win the women's title, while Lambert fired a perfect game in defeating Puerto Rico's Francisco Colon, 300-175, at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.

The Masters gold capped off a successful week for Team USA as it took eight gold medals, six silver medals and three bronze medals.

The United States hopes to carry that success forward to next year's World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships, which will be held in the same venue in 2013.

"To come out here and do so well as a team really gives us some momentum going into the World Championships," Pluhowsky said. "We have to try and defend our home turf next year, and that will be a challenge, but this was good preparation for it."

In the women's semifinals, Pluhowsky took down Colombia's Clara Guerrero, 234-213, while Johnson defeated teammate Josie Earnest, 216-214. Guerrero and Earnest each earned a bronze medal.

Lambert delivered 12 perfect strikes in claiming the men's Masters gold medal for the Canadians, who also won the men's trios gold medal this week.

'After the seventh and eighth strikes, I knew I had a good lead to win the match,' Lambert said. 'It seemed the job was done, and the 300 was just the icing on the cake.'

Lambert won his semifinal match against top seed Tommy Jones of the United States, 226-197, while Colon took down Team USA's Bill O'Neill, 204-202. Jones and O'Neill each earned a bronze medal.

The 2012 PABCON Adult Championships featured competition in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters with 17 countries being represented in the women's division and 18 countries taking part in the men's division.

The event also served as the qualifier for the 2013 WTBA World Championships. As the host country, the United States automatically qualified and will be joined at the World Championships in representing the American Zone in both the men's and women's divisions by Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

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At Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center, Henderson, Nev.
Saturday's results


(Winners advance, losers share bronze)

George Lambert, Canada def. Tommy Jones, United States, 226-197
Francisco Colon, Puerto Rico def. Bill O'Neill, United States, 204-202

(Winner takes gold, loser takes silver)

Lambert def. Colon, 300-175


(Winners advance, losers share bronze)

Shannon Pluhowsky, United States def. Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 234-213
Liz Johnson, United States def. Josie Earnest, United States, 216-214

(Winner takes gold, loser takes silver)

Pluhowsky def. Johnson, 238-226