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Since bowling was added to the Pan American Games in 1991, Team USA has won 21 of a possible 32 gold medals and claimed 35 medals overall, 20 more than the next-closest country.

With this year’s Pan American Games lineup, Team USA looks to continue its unrivaled success in Lima, Peru.

Stefanie Johnson and Shannon O’Keefe have been teammates on Team USA each year since 2005 and they will travel together to Lima to represent the U.S. on the women’s side of the competition.

O’Keefe, a 40-year-old right-hander, is the reigning Professional Women’s Bowling Association Player of the Year and recently notched her ninth PWBA Tour title in the second event of the 2019 PWBA season.

Late in the 2017-18 season, Johnson, a 35-year-old right-hander, picked up her first major title and third PWBA Tour win overall.

Johnson and O’Keefe, who have combined for 12 world championships and one world cup title as members of Team USA, will be joined by reigning United States Bowling Congress Masters champion Jakob Butturff and past collegiate standout Nick Pate on the men’s side.

Butturff’s Masters win was the first major victory of his short professional career and his sixth national win in Professional Bowlers Association competition. The lone left-hander of the group, the 25-year-old is a three-time Team USA member and helped propel the United States to a team gold medal at the 2017 World Bowling World Championships.

Pate, a 24-year-old right-hander who excelled while at Midland University, including a win at the 2017 Intercollegiate Singles Championships, is making his second career appearance on Team USA. He most recently enjoyed a successful week at the 2019 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men’s Championships, where he rolled a perfect game and helped Team USA to the team gold medal.

The four Team USA players earned their spots at the Pan American Games by outdistancing their teammates in a two-part, point-based qualifying process that spanned more than three months.