PBA Tour star Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., along with PBA Women’s Series winners Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, plus with amateur Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., are representing the United States in the Pan American Games bowling competition this week at the Pan Am Bowling Centre in Toronto. Several PBA international members also are bowling for their home countries in the Games.
Jones, a 16-time PBA Tour winner and an eight-year member of Team USA with more than 20 medals earned in international competition, is bowling in the Pan Am Games for the first time. Johnson is the defending champion in women’s singles and doubles, and also won women’s all-events plus a team silver medal in 1995, in the first of her three Pan Am Games appearances. Pluhowsky, a 15-time Team USA member, won women’s singles and a silver in doubles in the 2003 Pan Am Games. Bidwell is making his international debut for Team USA.
Bowling competition in Toronto got underway Wednesday with the first six of 12 games of doubles. Heading into today’s final six games, Jones and Bidwell were in second place, 53 pins behind Canada’s Dan MacLelland and Francois Lavoie, while Johnson and Pluhowsky also were in second place, 28 pins behind Colombia’s Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo. All players will bowl 12 qualifying games in singles Friday with the top eight advancing to Saturday’s match play and medal rounds.
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