Team USA Continues Domination at Tournament of Americas

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

The United States team had a banner day at the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas on Thursday, winning the gold medal in all five divisions in the mixed doubles event.

Team USA members Brittni Hamilton and Rob Gotchall teamed up to win the Adult division with a six-game total of 2,550 at Strikers Lanes in Sunrise, Fla. The other U.S. Adult pairing of Holly Harris and AJ Johnson finished ninth with 2,240.

In the Junior A division, Junior Team USA's Julia Bond joined with Andrew Anderson to claim the gold medal with 2,398. Breanna Clemmer and Ronnie Fujita combined to earn the silver medal with 2,378.

It was another one-two sweep for the United States in the Junior B division with Leah Glazer and Cortez Schenck shooting 2,326 to take the top spot. Ashley Channell and Sean Wilcox teamed up to shoot 2,249 and take the silver medal.

USBC Hall of Famers Tish Johnson and Rick Steelsmith topped the Senior division to win the gold medal with 2,405, while teammates Karen Barcal and Larry Porter totaled 2,341 to earn the silver medal.

The U.S. picked up a pair of medals in the Super Senior division with Carol Teel and Sam Carter earning the gold medal with 2,336 and Jesslyn Rhoades and Jack Nelson taking the bronze with 2,179.

The tournament wraps up with the final four games today.

In the second event of the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas on Wednesday, Junior Team USA took home a pair of doubles gold medals in the Junior A division.

Andrew Anderson and Ronnie Fujita teamed up to win the Junior A Men's doubles with a six-game total of 2,560 at Strikers Lanes in Sunrise, Fla. Junior Team USA's Julia Bond and Breanna Clemmer won the Junior A Women's title with 2,133.

In the Adult Women's division, Team USA's Brittni Hamilton and Holly Harris scored a bronze medal with 2,284 with Venezuela's Patricia de Faria and Karen Marcano earning the gold medal with 2,391. On the Adult Men's side, Team USA's Rob Gotchall and AJ Johnson finished fourth with 2,336 with Mexico's Alejandro Cruz and Mario Quintero taking gold with 2,655.

Rick Steelsmith and Larry Porter combined to give the United States a gold medal among Senior Men with 2,430, while the U.S. squad also won the gold in Senior Women's with Tish Johnson and Karen Barcal shooting 2,225.

Jesslyn Rhoades and Carol Teel teamed up to win the gold medal for the USA in the Super Senior Women's division with 2,150, while teammates Sam Carter and Jack Nelson took the silver in Super Senior Men's with 2,294.

In the Junior B division, the U.S. team picked up a pair of gold medals with Cortez Schenck and Sean Wilcox combining for 2,409 and Leah Glazer and Ashley Channell shooting 2,206.

The Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, the oldest annual international tournament in the American Zone, is a week-long invitational competition for countries in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), the American Zone of the World Tenpin Bowling Association.

In each division, one team comprised of two men and two women compete in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team. After 34 games, individual all-events and national all-events champions are recognized.

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