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Team USA Sweeps Doubles At Pabcon Champion of Champions And Qualifies For 2017 World Games 5/25/2016

ARLINGTON, Texas – Four members of Team USA entered the Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions event in Puebla, Mexico, with one major goal in mind, and that was to qualify for the 2017 World Games.

The group was able to accomplish that in memorable fashion, claiming seven medals along the way this week at Noria Pro Bowling.

The 2016 PABCON Champion of Champions event consisted of singles, doubles and Masters competition, and Team USA was represented by Stefanie Johnson, Shannon Pluhowsky, Chris Via and Tommy Jones. Pluhowsky and Via
found their way to the medal stand in singles, earning silver and bronze, respectively, while everything fell into place for doubles, allowing the United States (Pluhowsky/Johnson and Via/Jones) to sweep the gold medals.

The 16-game totals (eight games of singles and eight games of doubles) determined the eight men and eight women who advanced to Masters match play. Pinfall was reset, and the top four on each side, based on their seven game
totals, including 20 bonus pins per win, advanced to the final bracket. Johnson and Via were able to add to Team USA's medal count with Masters silver, while Pluhowsky earned bronze.

"We went to the Champions of Champions event focused on qualifying for the World Games in 2017, and to hopefully win some medals along the way," Team USA head coach Rod Ross said. "We were able to achieve both those goals, but to sweep the gold medals in the doubles event was exhilarating, and it was an honor to be part of that."

Each zone/continent is able to determine exactly how bowlers will advance to the 2017 World Games, scheduled for July 20-30 in Wroclaw, Poland. PABCON chose to advance the top three from each event at the Champion of Champions and final two from PABCON (combined) Adult Championships, which will take place in Cali, Colombia, in September. The World Games take place every four years in the year following the Olympic Games.

The event showcases more than 25 sports, and approximately 4,500 athletes and officials from more than 100 countries take part. The athletes will compete for the gold medals in almost 180 disciplines during the event. Since the World Games began in 1981, the United States has won one gold, three silver and three bronze medals in bowling. Kelly Kulick and Mike Fagan broke through for Team USA's first World Games gold medal when they teamed to win Mixed Doubles at the 2013 event in Cali. Kulick also earned the silver medal in singles.

Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine.

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