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JEFF RICHGELS

U.S. bowlers won nine of 10 gold medal in singles Tuesday to open the 52nd Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Florida, the United States Bowling Congress reported.

The singles featured six games each on Monday and Tuesday with 10 divisions of competition by gender and age.

The U.S. gold medal winners included adult Rob Gotchall, seniors Tish Johnson and Rick Steelmith, super seniors Carol Teel and  Sam Carter, and juniors Breanna Clemme, Andrew Anderson, Ashley Channell and Sean Wilcox.

Brittni Hamilton took the silver for adult women, with Aseret Zetter of Mexico taking the gold.

More details are in this USBC news release.

And full results are here.

Rob Gotchall posted this on Facebook after singles: “Went +45 yesterday at the Tournament of America's and was 3rd, 49 pins out of the lead. Bowled 221-192-247-172-201 and was down 3 pins with 1 game to go. Threw 11 of my best shots for 258 the last game to win the Singles GOLD Medal! What an incredible feeling!”

Sam Carter posted this: “Really proud to be one of the 9 Team USA Gold Medalist at the Tournament of Americas today. Many thanks go out to coaches Stephen Padilla and John Gaines, and many of my USA teammates for their guidance and advice during the day. Also to Ric Hamlin for all he has done helping with my game and my equipment. To Storm & Roto for the Lights Out and the Up Roar and to Skip Pavone for drilling all my balls for lots of years.My first trip representing USA and I'm amazed at the TEAMWORK that goes into putting this whole thing together. So to my bowling friends that think they bowl on tough shots, imagine bowling on a 36ft pattern one game and a 46ft pattern the next...for 12 games, and you only have your spare ball and a couple of others to try and figure it out. It's a bit challenging. We've got doubles/mixed doubles/ and mixed team over the next 4 days so keep rooting for TEAM USA!!!!!!!! Thanks to everyone for all the support!”

Andrew Anderson posted this: “Easily one of the most exhausting days of bowling I have ever had. I threw the ball 100 percent better than yesterday.. Between having bad ball reaction then not being able to get my ball to get the 8 out lol I battled and won gold in singles after going -9 today and -50 for the tournament! They are brutal but Team USA is doing really well so far. let's keep it up!‪#‎TeamUSA ‪#‎tournamentofamericas”

And Larry Porter posted this: “T of A day 2. games 7 thru 12 of singles today alternating between long and short patterns. +40 after 2 but ended up -9 for the day.+3 for the event so far. Rick Steelsmith was -7 for the day and +150. We took Gold and Silver for singles Tomorrow is doubles and we bowl together. Should be a lot of fun. Crossed together today and enjoyed it a lot. Crossing this house is like a mini Peterson Classic lol ! Hooking heads and tight backends keep scores way down! Team USA looking good so far! Rick, Tish, Gotchall, Sam Carter, Breanna Clemmer, Ashley Channell, Sean Wilcox all took gold....!”

The mixed doubles competition is scheduled for Wednesday.

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 36 games, individual all-events and national all-events champions are recognized.

2013 LEE EVANS TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS RESULTS

SINGLES

Adult Women - 1, Aseret Zetter, Mexico, 2,410. 2, Brittni Hamilton, USA, 2,340. 3, Patricia de Faria, Venezuela, 2,330.

Adult Men - 1, Rob Gotchall, USA, 2,538. 2, Javier Diaz, Puerto Rico, 2,457. 3, Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 2,446.

Senior Women - 1, Tish Johnson, USA, 2,374. 2, Cathy Harvey, Canada, 2,221. 3, Roseli Santos, Brazil, 2,201.

Senior Men - 1, Rick Steelsmith, USA, 2,550. 2, Larry Porter, USA, 2,403. 3, Manuel Garcia, Mexico, 2,293.

Super Senior Women - 1, Carol Teel, USA, 2,298. 2, Enriqueta Berra, Mexico, 2,093. 3, Lauraine Fast, Canada, 2,082.

Super Senior Men - 1, Sam Carter, USA, 2,429. 2, Jack Nelson, USA, 2,300. 3, Bob Puttick, Canada, 2,279.

Junior A Women - 1, Breanna Clemmer, USA, 2,395. 2, Alexandra Hernandez, Venezuela, 2,180. 3, Julia Bond, USA, 2,166.

Junior A Men - 1, Andrew Anderson, USA, 2,350. 2, Joaquin Palerm, Puerto Rico, 2,316. 3, Ronnie Fujita, USA, 2,206.

Junior B Women - 1, Ashley Channell, USA, 2,113. 2, Emilyn Piccinni, Venezuela, 2,055. 3, Naomi Berrios, Venezuela, 2,023.

Junior B Men - 1, Sean Wilcox, USA, 2,355. 2, Cortez Schenck, USA, 2,287. 3, Jesus Briceno, Venezuela, 2,236.

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