by Lucas Wiseman
HONG KONG – Team USA’s Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, became the first woman in the history of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Women’s Championships to earn four gold medals in one tournament as she claimed the Masters match play title Sunday. Powered by a 300 game and a 299 game, Pluhowsky defeated Singapore’s Daphne Tan, 3-1, in the best-of-five championship match at Hong Kong Bowling City.
Pluhowsky, who also won gold medals in doubles, trios and team event, took the opening game of the match 300-226 on the Paris lane condition before losing 238-219 in Game 2 on the Seoul lane condition.
United States wins first team gold since 1987 at World Women’s Championships
By Lucas Wiseman
HONG KONG – For the first time in nearly a quarter century, Team USA claimed the five-player team gold medal Saturday at the 2011 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Women’s Championships. Team USA’s Kelly Kulick, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Shannon O’Keefe, Shannon Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson came out on top in the gold-medal match by defeating Singapore, 1,210-1,140, in the one-game match broadcast live on BOWL.com from Hong Kong Bowling City.
Johnson led the effort by starting with nine consecutive strikes and shooting a 279 game. She was followed by Pluhowsky (256), Kulick (244), O’Keefe (226) and Dorin-Ballard (205). Stefanie Nation did not compete in the championship match, but was a part of the semifinal win for the Americans, who last won the team event in 1987 and took the silver medal in 2005, 2007 and 2009.