Sweden, Australia Win Masters at World Senior Championships

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Aaron Smith
USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS - Sweden's Susanne Olsson and Australia's Andrew Frawley claimed Masters titles as the 2015 World Bowling Senior Championships came to a close Sunday.

083015OlssonFrawley_465x262Olsson defeated Lucy Sandelin of the United States, 222-184, in the women's title match at Sam's Town Bowling Center, while Frawley captured his second gold medal of the event with a 269-222 victory over Lennie Boresch Jr. of the United States in the men's finals.

Olsson, who was the runner-up in Masters at the inaugural World Bowling Senior Championships in 2013, put together a stretch of six strikes in seven frames to distance herself from Sandelin, who was unable to double in the title match.

"Everything worked out really well on the lanes today," said Olsson, who also earned silver medals in singles and all-events and bronze in team at this year's event. "I became more and more comfortable, and just needed to stay focused and was able to go all the way, so it was nice. This means a lot for the whole team."

The right-hander made it to the finals after narrowly escaping Tish Johnson of the United States in her semifinal match, 202-201. Finishing first, Olsson was unable to convert the 4-6-7 split in the 10th to give Johnson the opportunity to double to advance. After recording the first strike, Johnson left the 3-pin on her second shot to take home bronze.

Sandelin, who captured three gold medals in 2015, edged teammate and defending Masters champion Robin Romeo in the other semifinal, 192-190. Romeo also earned bronze.

Frawley, who started the 2015 event by winning gold in singles, put on a nearly flawless effort in the championship round as he finished with nine consecutive strikes. Boresch missed a single-pin conversion in the 3rd frame, but kept the match close until the 9th frame when he was unable to strike for the fifth consecutive time.

"One thing that I didn't do the whole week was watch what the other guys were doing and how they were scoring," said Frawley, who also helped Australia capture the silver medal in team competition. "Lennie was squaring up on the patterns and I wasn't on the long pattern at all. Before the final, I decided to square up similar to how he was playing them and it just worked out. I got a few breaks, and sometimes it just works out like that. It's been a really great week."

Frawley defeated Ron Mohr of the United States, 215-186, in the semifinals, while Boresch earned his spot in the title round by defeating Canada's Todd Sim, 237-174.

Two other members of the U.S. squad advanced to Sunday's Masters competition. Paula Vidad finished eighth overall on the women's side, while Johnny Petraglia placed 15th for the men.

The top 24 players in all-events on both the men's and women's side after 18 games of qualifying advanced to Masters. All advancers bowled an additional six games to determine the top eight for round-robin match play. The top four scores after match play, including bonus pins, advanced to the medal round.

The World Bowling Senior Championships featured more than 200 male and female participants age 50 and older from 33 countries vying for medals in singles, doubles, team, all-events and Masters competition.

For more information on the World Bowling Senior Championships, visit WorldBowling.org.

MEDAL WINNERS
SINGLES
Men

Gold - Andrew Frawley, Australia
Silver - Todd Sim, Canada
Bronze - John Chapman, Canada and Alan Keddie, Scotland

Women
Gold - Kristina Nordenson, Sweden
Silver - Susanne Olsson, Sweden
Bronze - Lucy Sandelin, United States and Tuula Tamminen, Finland

DOUBLES
Men

Gold - Nicolas Ruiz/Julio Soto, Colombia
Silver - John Chapman/Ray Vervynck, Canada
Bronze - Lennie Boresch Jr./Johnny Petraglia, United States and Robert Chinner/Shaun Cummings, Australia

Women
Gold - Lucy Sandelin/Paula Vidad, United States
Silver - Martina Beckel/Gisela Insinger, Germany
Bronze - Jill Friis/France Joubert, Canada and Tish Johnson/Robin Romeo, United States

TEAM
Men

Gold - United States
Silver - Australia
Bronze - Canada and Sweden

Women
Gold - United States
Silver - Mexico
Bronze - Australia and Sweden

ALL-EVENTS
Men

Gold - John Chapman, Canada
Silver - Lennie Boresch Jr., United States
Bronze - Shaun Cummings, Australia

Women
Gold - Lucy Sandelin, United States
Silver - Susanne Olsson, Sweden
Bronze - Robin Romeo, United States

MASTERS
Men

Gold - Andrew Frawley, Australia
Silver - Lennie Boresch Jr., United States
Bronze - Todd Sim, Canada and Ron Mohr, United States

Women
Gold - Susanne Olsson, Sweden
Silver - Lucy Sandelin, United States
Bronze - Tish Johnson and Robin Romeo, United States

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