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Oklahoma, North Carolina teams top 2013 QubicaAMF International Family Tournament


Doug and Faith Kenney from Oklahoma beat Cassandra Rooke and Roberta Bench of Oregon, 231-227 to take home top honors in the Parent/Youth division of the International Family Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. In the Parent/Teen division, Abby Brown and Kimberly Hefner of North Carolina defeated Jared and Jeff Johnson from Illinois, 257-192, to come out on top. Both first-place teams each won $5,000 scholarships to go towards their college education.

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Travel and Leisure Magazine names America's Coolest Bowling Alleys

TravelLeisureMagazineJuly2013_small.jpg More than 70 million Americans bowled last year, according to the BPAA. "Live music, gourmet food, and retro-chic style make bowling cool again for hipsters and kids alike", says the Travel and Leisure Magazine and listed "America’s coolest bowling alleys" in its July 2013 issue. "Bowling has become trendy, thanks in part to pioneering chains like Bowlmor Lanes, Lucky Strike, and Splitsville that have kept the nostalgia alive by combining retro-chic details with hip music, flashy lights, and gourmet food and cocktails," author Margie Goldsmith writes.

El Salvador


José Guandique re-elected President of the Salvadoran Bowling Federation

2013PABCOnPresidentJoseGuandique_small.jpg Pan American Bowling Confederation president José Guandique of El Salvador (pictured right) has been re-elected president of the Federacion Salvadoreña De Bowling (FESABOWL) during the Salvadoran Bowling Federation's Annual General Assembly. Guandique, who unanimously re-elected by the delegates, is starting a new four-year terms on the FESABOWL Board of Directors. The board will concentrate its efforts on the completion of the construction of a new federation-owned training facility.

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Mudo & Granados (VEN), Mosquera (COL) and Stanley (CRC) win Masters gold

2013 PABCON Youth Championships concludes Friday at Bowling Center Caribe in Ponce, Puerto Rico

2013PYCLogo_small.jpg Venezuela's Gabriela Mudo and Carlos Granados, Colombia's Alexandra Mosquera and Costa Rica's James Stanley emerged as Masters champions in the girls and boys Under 16 and Under 20 divisions at the 2013 PABCON Youth Championships, which concluded Friday at Bowling Center Caribe in Ponce, Puerto Rico. All four championship matches in best-of-three games bracket format went the distance.

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U.S. sweeps Team titles; Puerto Rico wins U16 Mixed Foursome at PABCON Youth

Puerto Rico's Estefania Cobo (U16 girls), Jorge A. Rodriguez (U16 boys), Kristie Lopez (U20 girls) and USA's Kamron Doyle (U20 boys) win gold in All Events; U.S. youth U20 bowlers will not compete in Masters due to a scheduling conflict

2013PYCJuniorTeamUSA_small.jpgJunior Team USA (pictured) captured the U20 girls and boys team gold medals while the host country Puerto Rico capture the title in the U16 Mixed Foursome Thursday at the 2013 PABCON Youth Championships at Bowling Center Caribe in Ponce. Puerto Rico's Estefania Cobo (U16 girls), Jorge A. Rodriguez (U16 boys) and Kristie Lopez (U20 girls) captured another three gold medals in All Events. USA's Kamron Doyle won the title in U20 boys All Events.

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Puerto Rican teams, Junior Team USA U20 boys lead as Team events reach halfway point

With three more games to go on Thursday, Cobo, Granados (U16) and Lopez, Doyle (U20) hold the top spot in U16 and U20 girls and boys All Events


The Puerto Rican U16 mixed team and the U20 girls as well as the Junior Team USA's U20 boys lead the four-player team events after three of six games in the PABCON Youth Championships in Ponce, Puerto Rico. With three more games to go on Thursday, Estefania Cobo, Puerto Rico; Carlos Granados, Venezuela (U16); Kristie Lopez, Puerto Rico; and Kamron Doyle, United States (U20), hold the top spot in All Events.

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Colombian girls, Mexican boys emerge as U20 Trios champions at PABCON Youth Championships

Estefania Cobo & Antonio Izquierdo win the fourth gold medal of the championships for Puerto Rico in U16 Mixed Doubles to give the host country the lead in the medal tally

2013PYCU20GirlsTriosColombia_small.jpg2013PYCU20BoysTriosMexico_small.jpgColombians Tatiana Muñoz, Laura Plazas & Juliana Franco (l.) and Mexicans Andre Fors, Enrique Kassiani & Fabian Lopez (r.) won the gold medals in the girls and boys Under 20 Trios events at the 2013 PABCON Youth Championships. Host country Puerto Rico won its fourth gold medal in the U16 Mixed Doubles event.

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Puerto Rico, Venezuela tie for the Under 16 Boys Doubles gold medal at PABCON Youth

Colombia (U16 Girls) and the United States (U20 Girls & Boys) also claim gold on the second day of competition in Ponce, Puerto Rico


Five gold medals were given in the Doubles event at the 2013 PABCON Youth Championships as teams from Puerto Rico and Venezuela tied for the gold medal in the Under 16 boys division Monday at Bowling Center Caribe in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Colombia captured its first gold medal of the championships in the girls U16 division while Junior Team USA (pictured left) swept both titles in the girls and boys U20 divisions.

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Puerto Rico wins two gold medals in Singles to start 2013 PABCON Youth Championships

Puerto Ricans Estefania Cobo, Kristie Lopez capture the U16 and U20 girls titles; Venezuela's Carlos Granados and Junior Team USA's Matthew Farber pace the boys divisions

2013PYCU20GirlsSinglesKristieLopez_small.jpg2013PYCU20BoysSinglesMattFarber_small.jpgThe 2013 PABCON Youth Championships kicked of Sunday at Bowling Center Caribe in Ponce. Estefania Cobo and Kristie Lopez (l.) from the host country Puerto Rico started the championships for youth bowlers under the age of 16 and under the age of 20 with victory in the girls divisions. Carlos Granados of Venezuela dominated the U16 boys, while Junior Team USA's Matt Farber (r.) won the U20 boys singles gold medal.



Pete Weber masters June IBMA Bowler of the Month


Pete Weber, of St. Ann, Missouri, has been named the June 2013 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Weber (pictured) defeated Lennie Boresch, Jr., Kenosha, Wisconsin, 229-205, capturing the 2013 USBC Senior Masters. Weber continued his outstanding bowling with victories in the PBA Tournament of Champions and the inaugural PBA League title. He was also named the April IBMA Kegel Bowler of the Month.

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71-year-old handicap bowler wins $10,000 in inaugural Amateur Bowler's Championship

2013ABCLitodelaCruz_small.jpg Lito de la Cruz (pictured), 71 year old handicap bowler from Las Vegas, Nev., defeated another local bowler, Roland Bisnar of Henderson, Nev., 213-180, to win the inaugural Amateur Bowler's Championship at Sunset Station in Las Vegas. De la Cruz earned the $10,000 top prize while Bisnar pocketed $5,000 for his second place finish. Finishing third and fourth, with each earning $2,500 were Ken Simpson of Shirley, N.Y., and Donald Eubanks of Elmsford, N.Y.



International Bowling Media Association names Chuck Pezzano Scholarship winners

IBMALogo_small.jpg 1975PBAHoFChuckPezzano_small.jpgThe International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) announced Ben Breuner, Kentfield, CA, Melissa Sobolik, Marian, IA and Matthew Perry, Shelton, CT will share in the $3,000 Chuck Pezzano Scholarship prize. The award is named after journalist Chuck Pezzano (right), a member of the IBMA, USBC and PBA Halls of Fame.



Lennie Boresch Jr. dominates as May IBMA Bowler of the Month


Lennie Boresch Jr. (pictured left) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been chosen as the May 2013 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Boresch capped an outstanding month on the PBA50 Tour by capturing the Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 closely edging Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 211-210. This win was the 2012 USBC Hall of Famer's second win on the PBA50 Tour. The other being the 2012 Senior Sun Bowl In the Villages, his very first PBA50 tournament.



Colombia leads final medal count from II Ibero-American Championships

Bowling & Co inside Life Style Mall in Buenos Aires, Argentina (April 24-28, 2013)

2013IACTeamCOL_small.jpg 2013IACAnggieRamirez_small.jpgThe 2nd Ibero-American Championships were held from April 24-28 at Bowling & Co inside Life Style Mall in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Colombian team (l.), which won ten out of 18 gold medals including Country All Events, was spearheaded by former collegiate standout Anggie Ramirez (r.), who won gold in every discipline she entered.



Colombia wins half of the gold medals at 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships

Clara Juliana Guerrero leads Colombian women's team to five gold medals; Mexico's Alejandro Cruz and Puerto Rico's Kristie Lopez end the Championships with victory in Masters

2013CACCAlejandroCruz_small.jpgClara Juliana Guerrero (l.) of Colombia and Mexico's Alejandro Cruz (r.) were the most decorated players at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships, which concluded May 26 in Cali, Colombia. Guerrero won five out of six gold medals in the women's division, while Cruz was the lone multiple men's gold medalist with two titles. The Centroamericanos drew 133 players from 14 countries.

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Junior Team USA roster for PABCON Youth Championships announced


Eight of the top youth bowlers in the United States will travel to Puerto Rico in July to represent Junior Team USA at the 2013 PABCON Youth Championships. The event will be held in Ponce, Puerto Rico, from July 7-12 and features countries in the American Zone competing in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters. Junior Team USA also will compete in the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Fla., from July 28-Aug. 3.



Caroline Lagrange, David Simard repeat as Canadian National Champions in 2013

CTF names adult, youth and senior Team Canada

2013CNCCarolineLagrange_small.jpg2013CNCDavidSimard_small.jpgCaroline Lagrange (l.) and David Simard (r.) successfully defended the women's and men's title at the 2013 Canadian National Championships which were held May 17-21 at Laurentian Lanes in Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Quebec. 171 adult, youth and senior bowlers, 109 men and 62 women, bowled 30 games over four days to determine the national champions and to bowl for spots on adult, youth and senior Team Canada.

Costa Rica


Costa Rican Bowling Association to host 2013 PABCON Senior and Super Senior Championships

ACOBOL releases Bulletin No.1 for the Championships to be held at 20-lane Bowling Center Cariari in San José, Costa Rica (Oct. 20-26, 2013)

2013PCSrLogo_small.jpg The Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) and the Costa Rican Bowling Association (ACOBOL) have released Bulletin No. 1 for the 2013 PABCON Senior and Super Senior Championships. The championships for Senior (50 & over) and Super Senior (60 & over) bowlers will be held at 20-lane Bowling Center Cariari in La Aurora, Heredia, Costa Rica, from Oct. 20-26, 2013. To be eligible bowlers must have reached 50 and 60 years of age on Jan. 1st, 2013, resp.



Walter Ray Williams Jr. shines as April IBMA Bowler of the Month

2013PBA5002WalterRayWilliams2_small.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured) of Ocala, Florida, has been chosen as the April 2013 Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Williams Jr. defeated fellow PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 276-216, for the title of the PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages, presented by Hammer. It is the fifth PBA50 crown for the reigning PBA50 Player of the Year. In very close voting this month, others receiving votes were Joe Scarborough, Bob Learn Jr., Bill O'Neill and Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden.



Canadian Tenpin Federation President Cathy Innes to retire July 31st

Brian Von Richter has been elected as the new CTF President commencing August 1; Innes accepts a new position as Chair of the International Committee

200413CTFPresidentCathyInnes_small.jpgThe Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF) has announced that Cathy Innes (pictured) will retire as president of CTF effective July 31, 2013 to allow for a prompt and orderly transition of leadership. During her nine-year tenure, Innes was instrumental in developing and appointing Unit Chairs to fulfill the committee work needed under the CTF governance model. She has accepted a new position as Chair of the International Committee. Brian Von Richter has been elected as the new CTF President commencing August 1, 2013.

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