Team USA Women, Canadian men take trios gold at PABCON Combined Championships


    2012 PABCON Combined

    Colombia's Maria Rodriguez and Steve Smith, United States, lead in All Events after 12/24 games

    2012PCWomenPluhowskyJohnsonNation.jpgTeam USA's Shannon Pluhowsky, Liz Johnson and Stefanie Nation, (pictured left, l-r) and Canadians George Lambert IV, Mark Buffa and Jean Sebastian Lessard claimed the women's and men's trios gold medal Wednesday at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships.

    The Team USA trio finished with 4,007 for six games to win the first gold medal for the U.S. women and the third overall at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center. Team USA leads the medal tally with three gold and three silver medals.

    Nation led the way for Team USA with 1,371, while Pluhowsky shot 1,324 and Johnson added 1,312. Team USA pulled away in the final game with 694 to lock up the win.

    "We came together as a team today, bowled well and could not be happier," Nation said. "It never gets old to win gold and hopefully we will be celebrating another one in a couple days."

    2012PCMenTriosLessardBuffaLambert.jpgColombia's Maria Jose Rodriguez, Rocio Restrepo and Clara Guerrero claimed the silver medal with 3,925, while Mexico's Sayuri Yamada, Gabriela Gonzalez and Sandra Gongora took the bronze with 3,892.

    On the men's side, George Lambert, Mark Buffa and Jean Sebastian Lessard (pictured right, r-l) earned Canada its first gold medal of the Championships with 4,094. Powered by a 300 opening game, Lambert led the way with 1,469, while Buffa shot 1,349 and Lessard had 1,276.

    "It's frustrating to come out and be so close so many times and to come out on top today means redemption for us," Lambert said. "To come out here and represent your country and win a gold medal is second to none."

    Team USA's Tommy Jones (1,415), Bill O'Neill (1,384) and Marshall Kent (1,264) earned the silver medal with 4,063. Eddy Fuentes, Richard Leon and Amleto Monacelli if Venezuela took bronze with 3,991.

    2012PCSteveSmith.jpg2012PCMariaRodriguezRocioRestrepo.jpgWith 12 out of 24 games in the books, the Team USA men hold the top three spots. Steve Smith (pictured left) leads the field of 106 men with 2862 pinfall total and an average of 238.50 with Marshall Kent in second with 2831 and Bill O’Neill in third with 2818.

    Colombia's Doubles gold medalists Maria Rodriguez and Rocio Restrepo (pictured right, l-r) sit atop the 90-player women's All Events standings with 2691 (224.25) and 2678, respectively. Liz Johnson, United States, is third with 2642.

    The action now shifts to the team event, which will take place starting at 8 a.m. Pacific on Thursday with the first three games.'s BowlTV is providing free live streaming of the entire tournament.

    2012PCLogo2_small.jpg The 2012 PABCON Combined Championships will be held from Aug. 18-26, 2012 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Henderson, Nev., United States.

    196 players - 106 men and 90 women - from 18 countries will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Teams, All Events (24-game total) and Masters.

    The event also serves as qualifying event for the 2013 Combined World Championships which will be held from Aug. 18-31 at Strike Zone bowling center.



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