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David Cirigliano leads team, ties Open Championships record

2016USBCOCDavidCirigliano.jpgFor David Cirigliano of Phoenix, team is extremely important, and nowhere was this more evident than at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships as he helped Bowling Dynamics.com to the top of the standings May 13.

The 31-time tournament participant logged two strikes and a nine-count in his final frame at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, to solidify Bowling Dynamics.com’s (pictured above) place at the top of the Regular Team standings on games of 1,041, 1,154 and 1,105 for a 3,300 total. Who’s Eddie Byrd? of Fort Worth, Texas, previously held the lead with 3,241.

Cirigliano (left), who already had pair of 300 games in his tournament career, was able to string strikes again in singles May 14 and earned a spot in the record book with his third perfect game at the Open Championships. It was the fourth 300 of this year’s event.

The 50-year-old right-hander rolled games of 243, 214 and 300 for a 757 series, breaking into the top 10 in Regular Singles and joining Craig Szplett of Beecher, Illinois, as the only bowlers in tournament history with three 300s in Open Championships competition.

Szplett set the bar with perfect games in 1996, 2005 and 2013, while Cirigliano tossed his in 1998, 2007 and 2016, all at the NBS.

Cirigliano’s efforts helped Bowling Dynamics.com into the top spot in Team All-Events with a 9,710 total, which was beaten 24 hours later by HornswogglerS of Staten Island, New York, with a 9,719 performance.

Cirigliano finished with a 2,097 all-events total and was joined by Warren Eales (2,064), Kelly Urrea (1,940), Robert Lewis (1,840) and Steven Roberts (1,769). Defending champion Junior Team USA Support 1 of Eagan, Minnesota, previously held the lead in Team All-Events with 9,672.

New York team breaks through at National Bowling Stadium

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HornswogglerS of Staten Island, New York (pictured above), became the second team in 24 hours to take the lead in Team All-Events at the USBC Open Championships, doing so with a 9,719 total May 15.

Four members of the group have competed together on the biggest stage in bowling since 2013, and they refused to settle for another close call, a run that includes a runner-up finish in Team All-Events in 2013 and a missed opportunity in Regular Team at the National Bowling Stadium on May 14.

This time, though, locking up the lead landed on the shoulders of new team member Manuel Gonzales of Fords, New Jersey, who bowled doubles and singles one pair of lanes to the right of his teammates and needed a mark and count in his final frame to lift the team past the 9,710 posted by Bowling Dynamics.com of Phoenix a day earlier.

Gonzales, an 11-time Open Championships participant, picked up a 7 pin and struck on his fill ball to complete the task. He led HornswogglerS with a 1,994 all-events total, which included 695 in doubles, 658 in singles and 641 in team. He was followed by Dan Dunleavy (1,993), Rusty Thomsen (1,943), Alex Cavagnaro (1,939) and Ray Smarsh (1,850).

Former Junior Team USA member shoots 300 at NBS

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Former Junior Team USA member Daniel Vick of Pittsford, New York, became the third bowler, and first in team competition this year, to roll a perfect game at the 2016 USBC Open Championships.

Bowling with his team, The Vick-tamizers of Lititz, Pennsylvania, the 29-year-old left-hander achieved the feat May 13 after games of 179 and 188. He finished with a 667 series and helped his team to a 3,061 total.

The southpaw’s achievements in bowling extend beyond the Open Championships and include an appearance on Junior Team USA in 2006 after a runner-up finish at the 2005 Junior Gold Championships and a win at the 2008 Intercollegiate Singles Championships.

Four bowlers celebrate 50 years

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2016USBCOCRobertWalker.jpg2016USBCOCKenKasprzak.jpgThe 50-Year Club at the USBC Open Championships grew by four members this week as Robert Walker (left) of Bergholz, Ohio, teammates Ed Gronski of Mulkeytown, Illinois, and William Pavlik of Palos Heights (above, l-r), Illinois, and Ken Kasprzak (right) of Loudon, Tennessee, made their milestone marches down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium.

Walker celebrated five decades of participation May 14, Gronski and Pavlik hit the lanes on the early team squad May 16 and Kasprzak competed on the evening of May 16.

This year, 19 bowlers are scheduled to reach the 50-year mark at the Open Championships.

A look ahead

2016OCLogo2.jpgThree more bowlers will celebrate milestones at the USBC Open Championships this week.

Alfred Jones of Southhampton, Bermuda, will become the first international player to reach 50 years of participation May 18, and he will be joined in the 50-Year Club by William Smith of New Hope, Minnesota, on May 22.

On May 24, USBC Hall of Famer Bob Hart of Suwanee, Georgia, will make his 60th appearance on the championship lanes.

Hart is a three-time titlist at the Open Championships and one of 19 members of the event’s 100,000-Pin Club, a milestone he reached at the National Bowling Stadium in 2014.

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2016 USBC Open Championships – Regular Division

Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Team
1, Bowling Dynamics.com (Robert Lewis, Steven Roberts, Kelly Urrea, Warren Eales, David Cirigliano), Phoenix, 3,300. 2, Who’s Eddie Byrd? Fort Worth, Texas, 3,241. 3, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,237. 4, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,216. 5, Wickliffe Lanes, Mentor, Ohio, 3,202. 6, Logo Infusion Original, Las Vegas, 3,200. 7, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,187. 8, The Warner Brothas, Louisville, Ky., 3,184. 9(tie), Bowlerama Lanes, Urbandale, Iowa, and Bowlers ER, Des Plaines, Ill., 3,181.

Doubles
1(tie), Matthew Zitnik, Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Jason Bowles, Euclid, Ohio, and Nick Heilman/Andy Mills, La Crosse, Wis., 1,341. 3, David Ewald, Macomb, Mich./Nicholas Wissinger, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,337. 4, Kevin Tatrow, Bel Aire, Kan./Will Barnes, Austin, Texas, 1,335. 5, Scott Honeysett/Michael Bradfield, Lansing, Mich., 1,334. 6, Michael Lisch, Zionsville, Ind./John Bauerle Jr., Indianapolis, 1,331. 7, Samuel Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn./Todd Savoy, Superior, Wis., 1,330, 8(tie), Jay Nephew, Houston/Robert Raymond, Pflugerville, Texas, and Jonathan Wilbur, North Clarendon, Vt./Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 1,328. 10(tie), Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn./Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., Ricky Boyters/Michael Smith, Newport News, Va., and Steve Richter Sheboygan, Wis./Jeffrey Richgels, Oregon, Wis. 1,326.

Singles
1, Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 815. 2, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 785. 3, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 779. 4, Tim Janz, Beaver Dam, Wis., 770. 5, Daniel Vick, Pittsford, NY, 765. 6, Will Barnes, Austin, Texas, 764. 7, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 763. 8(tie), Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., and Thomas Jones, Blaine, Minn., 759. 10(tie), Joe Massey, Flora, Ind., David Bordson, St. Paul, Minn., and David Cirigliano, Phoenix, 757.

All-Events
1, Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 2,122. 2, David Cirigliano, Phoenix, 2,097. 3, Joe Massey, Flora, Ind., 2,086. 4, Justin Crumley, Washington, Mo., 2,075. 5, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2,064. 6, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 2,060. 7, Tim Hill, Lincoln, Calif., 2,058. 8, Jeffrey Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,056. 9, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 2,055. 10, Jason Bowles, Euclid, Ohio, 2,042.

Team All-Events
1, HornswogglerS (Ray Smarsh, Manuel Gonzales, Dan Dunleavy, Rusty Thomsen, Alex Cavagnaro), Staten Island, N.Y., 9,719. 2, Bowling Dynamics.com, Phoenix, 9,710. 3, Junior Team USA Support 1, Eagan, Minn., 9,672. 4, Crankers Arn’t Us, Aurora, Colo., 9,599. 5, Wickliffe Lanes, Mentor, Ohio, 9,598. 6, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 9,587. 7, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,582. 8, Rose Bowl Lanes, Rochester, N.Y., 9,561. 9, Vick-tamizers, Lititz, Pa., 9,555. 10, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,525.

2016 USBC Open Championships – Classified Division

Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Team
1, Yeah Spare IV (Tristan Bannister, Kevin Lin, Matthew Lopes, Douglas Robertson, Ben Robertson), Sacramento, Calif., 2,656. 2, Bay Area Express 8, San Mateo, Calif., 2,618. 3, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,607. 4, Team Bazinga, Las Vegas, 2,582. 5, Scotty’s 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,570. 6, Yeah Spare III, Sacramento, Calif., 2,555. 7, Just Bowling, Fremont, CA., 2,533. 8, Plato Woodwork 1, Gaylord, Minn., 2,531. 9, Malad Gun Club, Malad City, Idaho, 2,529. 10, Nelson Cartage 1, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,523.

Doubles
1, David Hjelm, Wheaton, Minn./Gary Sundby Jr., Dalton, Minn., 1,155. 2, Eric Douglass, Goldfield, Iowa/Mike Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,147. 3, Cassandra Tatum, Neptune, N.J./David Jenkins III, Tinton Falls, N.J., 1,119. 4, Randy Robinson/Crystal Forkner, Higginsville, Mo., 1,118. 5, Kathy Yourkavitch/Jerome Jackson, Kutztown, Penn., 1,117. 6(tie), Nicholas Razink, Benson, Minn./Tyler Grabow, Twin Brooks, S.D., and Mandy Quaas, Hutchinson, Minn./Jeremy Quaas, New Hope, Minn., 1,111. 8, Deirdre Sumpter, Havre de Grace, Md./Lee Wainwright Jr., Aberdeen, Md., 1,110. 9, Mitchell Martin/Julie Martin, Buchanan, Mich., 1,104. 10, Chris Witthus/Robert Kaytor, Glencoe, Minn., 1,096.

Singles
1, David Kettell, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 644. 2, Allan Johnson, Hawley, Minn., 627. 3, Matt Tschann, Paynesville, Minn., 626. 4, Andrew Hall, Safety Harbor, Fla., 614. 5, Joseph Rhinehart, Albany, Ore., 613. 6(tie), Trudy Koberlein, Georgetown, Texas, and Audra Banko, Riverside, Calif., 605. 8(tie), Troy Schultz, Clarion, Iowa, and Michael Hanna, Lafayette, Ind., 602. 10(tie), Debra Barmore, Omaha, Neb., and Fred Gordon, Cumberland Foreside, Maine, 599.

All-Events
1, Trudy Koberlein, Georgetown, Texas, 1,754. 2, Joseph Rhinehart, Albany, Ore., 1,735. 3, Bryan Herald, Chapman, Neb., 1,728. 4(tie), David Hjelm, Wheaton, Minn., and Robert Benjamin, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,713. 6, John McReady, Woodridge, Ill., 1,708. 7, George Kolstad, West St. Paul, Minn., 1,700. 8, Kevin Kwan, Long Beach, Calif., 1,695. Jack Hsiao, Las Vegas, 1,685. 10, Jeffrey Hull, Akron, Ohio, 1,682.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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