By Chrös McDougall | Aug. 29, 2019, 6:22 p.m. (ET)

(L-R) Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan posing with their medals at the World Bowling Women's Championships on Aug. 29, 2019 in Las Vegas.

 

Danielle McEwan is leaving Las Vegas with a memory.

The right-hander from Stony Point, New York, defeated fellow American Shannon O’Keefe in the singles final Thursday at the World Bowling Women's Championship taking place at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

McEwan scored 259 to O’Keefe’s 193 in the final round to win her fifth world title, and her first in singles. She had previously won world titles in trios and all-events in 2017, and in doubles and team in 2015. The 2017 world championships were also in Las Vegas.

Titles are being awarded this week in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and masters competition.

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The 27-year-old McEwan also qualified for the team and masters semifinals, both of which take place Friday.

O’Keefe, who won gold (trios) and bronze (doubles) medals at the 2017 world championships, claimed the all-events bronze medal earlier this week and also took part in the team competition. In addition, she won a gold medal in doubles last month at the Pan American Games Lima 2019.

In Tuesday’s qualifying games, Team USA averaged 225 pins and scored 6,750 points, tying a record set by Germany in 2011. The Americans face off against Colombia in their semifinal.

The masters, which featured the top 24 finishers in the all-events standings, concludes the world championships. McEwan will meet Singapore’s Cherie Tan in the semifinals.

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic movement for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.