2019 PABCON Men's Championships underway in Peru

LIMA, Peru - The first international event of 2019 is underway for the Team USA men, who are ready to be tested in six disciplines at the 2019 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships.

The event kicked off Monday night at the new Bowling Center of La Villa Deportiva Nacional (VIDENA) with a formal opening ceremony that included the traditional parade of teams, well-wishes from local and bowling dignitaries and the player and referee oaths.2019PABCONMensPlayerOathForWeb250x140

The 2019 PABCON Men's Championships will feature more than 100 bowlers from 19 countries, competing for medals in singles, doubles, trios, team and Masters competition. Gold, silver and bronze medals also will be awarded in all-events based on the week's 24-game pinfall totals.

This tournament is the first event to take place at the newly constructed bowling center, which is part of an expansive athletic complex that will be home to the 2019 Pan American Games next summer.

The Team USA contingent in Peru this week includes Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Michigan; John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Florida; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois; Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota; Darren Tang of Las Vegas; and Sean Wilcox of Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Competition at the 2019 PABCON Men's Championships will begin Tuesday morning with singles, and competitors will be split across three squads.

Total pinfall will determine the medalists in each event, and the top 16 performers over 24 games will advance to Masters match play.

The event will feature teams from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and the list includes: Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Doubles will take place Wednesday, trios will be contested Thursday, team competition will include three games Friday and three games Saturday and the tournament will conclude Sunday with the Masters event.

"It's quite a privilege to be participating in this event, since it's the first competition to be held in this great new center," Team USA head coach Rod Ross said. "For Team USA, we're looking to get the year off to a good start. We've got a talented young team, but also some experience mixed in, which is a nice combination. It's going to be exciting to get the younger players out in the field and see how they perform. So far, between training camp and here, I expect great things."

For more information about the PABCON Men's Championships, visit PABCON.org.