Colombia and the United States were the big winners at the week-long 2012 Lee Evans Bowling Tournament of the Americas, which concluded Saturday night at Tamarac’s Sawgrass Lanes.
For the first time in the 50-year history of the event, Colombia was the overall winner of the adult division. Manuel Otalora was named the best adult male bowler of the tournament, and fellow Colombian Rocio Restropo won the female title.
The United States, however, dominated the rest of the tournament, winning the overall title in every other division: super senior, senior, under-20 and under-16.
American A.J. Chapman, bowling in the under-20 division, had one of the only two perfect games in the tournament. Otalora had the other one.
Six Americans won top honors in their respective divisions: Ed Roberts (super senior men); Lucy Sandelin (super senior women); Brian Brazeau (senior men); Tyler Cruz (boys’ under-20); Holly Harris (girls’ under-20); and Kamron Doyle (boys’ under-16).
Other top honors went to Maria Teresa Piccini of Mexico (senior women) and Laura Plazas of Colombia (girls’ under-16).
“It was a great week,” said Paulette Watson, the president of the Bowling Tournaments of the Americas Association. “We had very difficult conditions and still had two 300 games and some high scores and sets.”
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (7-8-6) fell on the road to the Atlanta Silverbacks (4-11-5) 4-2 at Silverbacks Park in front of 4,090 fans.