Columbia 300 News


C300 member Lucy Sandelin and her partner Paula Vidad WIN Doubles Gold at the 2015 World Senior Championships

LAS VEGAS - United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Lucy Sandelin and Paula Vidad won the gold medal in women's doubles at the 2015 World Bowling Senior Championships, while Colombia's Nicolas Ruiz and Julio Soto took the men's title at Sam's Town Bowling Center on Thursday.

In the women's final, Sandelin and Vidad topped Germany's Martina Beckel and Gisela Insinger, 430-417. In the men's title match, Ruiz and Soto recorded an exciting one-pin victory over Canada's John Chapman and Ray Vervynck, 429-428.

082715VidadSandelin_465x262The U.S. women saw Germany take the early advantage, but five consecutive strikes in the middle of the title tilt from Vidad gave the United States the edge as the match headed into the homestretch.

"When I get pumped up, it helps me throw better shots, and it got us going," said Vidad, who finished the game with 218 as she celebrated her 56th birthday. "We're a great team. I couldn't be happier. This is the best birthday ever."

Sandelin rolled consecutive strikes of her own in the eighth, ninth and 10th as she bested her silver-medal performance in doubles from the 2013 tournament with teammate Tish Johnson.

"I've had two years to think about coming in second and getting silver," said Sandelin, who added 212 to the winning total. "I've been waiting for this day, and really just tried to take it one shot at a time. I even said to myself that this is why I've been practicing every time at home. I've been looking forward to this day for two years, and it's awesome to be standing there with that gold medal around my neck with Paula." 

Sandelin and Vidad, who led qualifying with a six-game total of 2,419, made the finals with a victory over Canada's France Joubert and Jill Friis, 414-372, in the semifinal match.