USBC Open Championships

United States

05/25/16

USBC Hall of Famer Glenn Allison reaches 65 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Another three bowlers celebrate 50 years; Bermuda's Alfred Jones becomes the first international competitor to reach the milestone; new leaders emerge in Regular All-Events, Regular Doubles; Illinois ladies lead Classified Team

2016OCGlennAllison_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Glenn Allison of Anaheim, California, became the 10th bowler in 113 years of USBC Open Championships history to reach 65 years of participation. The 85-year-old right-hander made his milestone march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, on May 17 and received a plaque, chevron and custom ring to commemorate the achievement. Allison made his Open Championships debut at the 1947 event in Los Angeles.

United States

05/18/16

David Cirigliano leads team, ties Open Championships record

Arizona bowler joins Craig Szplett as the only bowlers in tournament history with three 300s in USBC Open Championships competition

2016USBCOCDavidCirigliano_small.jpgFor David Cirigliano of Phoenix, team is extremely important, and nowhere was this more evident than at the 2016 USBC 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 place at the top of the Regular Team standings on games of 1,041, 1,154 and 1,105 for a 3,300 total.

United States

05/11/16

Indiana's Robert Teeters reaches two milestones

73-year-old becomes the 21st bowler in 113 years of USBC Open Championships history to reach 60 years of tournament participation and becomes the 19th member of the event's 100,000-Pin Club

2016OCRobertTeeters60thOC_small.jpg Robert Teeters of Lapel, Indiana, found himself in the spotlight two different times this week at the USBC Open Championships. The 73-year-old started his trip to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, with a memorable march down Center Aisle on May 7 as he became the 21st bowler in 113 years of USBC Open Championships history to reach 60 years of tournament participation. He returned to the lanes May 8 to add his name to another elite list as the 19th member of the event's 100,000-Pin Club.

United States

05/04/16

Defending champions Sparks, McNiel won't repeat in 2016

Frank Clay joins 100,000-Pin Club at 113th USBC Open Championships; Canadian Matt Dammann rolls second 300 game

2016OCRonnieSparks_small.jpgDefending champions Ronnie Sparks Jr. of Redford, Michigan, and Matt McNiel of Minneapolis, returned to the USBC Open Championships to put their respective titles on the line this week at the National Bowling Stadium. Sparks (pictured), the 2015 Regular Singles winner (793), made his title defense April 29. After a 243 start, he had games of 217 and 204 for a 664 series, short of last year's winning mark and this year's leader, Robert J. Bures of Painesville, Ohio (815).

United States

04/27/16

Three bowlers reach 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCRichardRied_small.jpgJules Falcone of Media, Pennsylvania, Richard Ried (pictured) of Mason, Michigan, and Bud Howell of Idaho Falls, Idaho, became the latest members of the 50-Year Club at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. To commemorate their milestones, each received an escorted march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, before being presented with the traditional chevron, plaque and special lapel pin.

United States

04/21/16

Past champion rolls first 300 of 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCTimJanz_small.jpg Tim Janz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and his teammates didn't quite get out to the start they were hoping for at the 2016 USBC Open Championships, but things got progressively better and ended on a high note as Janz rolled the first perfect game of this year's event. The 36-year-old right-hander (pictured) also made a run at the top spot in Regular Singles on April 15, before settling into fourth place with a 770 series on games of 253, 300 and 217.

United States

04/13/16

Past champions tie for Doubles lead at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Two bowlers celebrate 50 years at National Bowling Stadium; defending Regular Team champion puts the team title on the line April 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern live on BowlTV

2016OCNickHeilmanAndyMills_small.jpg Andy Mills and Nick Heilman of La Crosse, Wisconsin, both 2012 Regular Team champions, once again got comfortable on the lanes at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and found their way to the top of the standings. Mills (r.), a 26-year-old right-hander, converted the 1-2-6-10 washout to secure a tie for the lead in Regular Doubles with a 1,341 total April 11 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. He had no idea they'd tied for the lead.

United States

04/06/16

Defending champions make run at 2016 USBC Open Championships

New team leader emerges at National Bowling Stadium; Ed Gagnon celebrates 50 years of participation

2016OCJuniorTeamUSASupport1_small.jpg The members of the defending Team All-Events champion, Junior Team USA Support 1 of Eagan, Minnesota, averaged more than 231 in singles April 3 to regain their spot atop the standings at the USBC Open Championships. The group won Team All-Events at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, in 2013 and again last year in El Paso, Texas, and is looking to become the first team since 1998 to successfully defend the title.

United States

03/30/16

First-timer leads two events at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Past champions make run at National Bowling Stadium

2016OCDavidHjelmGarySundby_small.jpg David Hjelm (l.) of Wheaton, Minnesota, had a memorable debut at the USBC Open Championships, and he left the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, as the leader in Classified Doubles (with Gary Sundby, right) and Classified All-Events. The 42-year-old right-hander rolled sets of 587 in singles, 586 in doubles and 540 in team to finish his first USBC Open Championships with a 1,713 all-events total.

United States

03/23/16

Ohio bowler celebrates 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

Classified Division gets new leaders at National Bowling Stadium

2016OCJackGlick_small.jpg When Jack Glick of Findlay, Ohio, made his USBC Open Championships debut at the 1966 event in Rochester, New York, he thought it would be a one-time experience he and his friends could cross off their bucket lists. Glick enjoyed the tournament atmosphere and tradition so much, he made it a point to return the next year and all but one year since. On March 21, the 72-year-old right-hander made his 50th march down Center Aisle.

United States

03/17/16

Sylvester Thiel ties participation record with 71st appearance at USBC Open Championships

2016OCSylvesterThiel71stAppearance_small.jpg Sylvester Thiel of Lake City, Minnesota, may not own a coveted eagle trophy from the USBC Open Championships, but he's still one of the most celebrated and decorated bowlers who has marched down the famed Center Aisle. The 93-year-old's time on the tournament lanes has yielded him two priceless rewards - love and longevity - and he was recognized for the latter Wednesday as he made his record-tying 71st appearance.

United States

03/16/16

Ohio teammates lead every event at USBC Open Championships

Connecticut's John Kamenitsky reaches 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships

2016OCWickliffeLanes_small.jpg Robert J. Bures of Painesville, Ohio, and his Wickliffe Lanes teammates worked together and communicated well at the 2016 USBC Championships, and they're now leading every Regular Division event, along with Team All-Events. Bures set the pace and was able to close his fifth USBC Open Championships appearance with games of 279, 278 and 258 for an 815 series, taking the lead in Regular Singles at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

USBC News

03/06/16

2016 USBC Open Championships gets going in Reno

2016OCRibbonCutting2_small.jpg Reno has hosted the USBC Open Championships more than any other city, and the tournament's latest visit kicked off Saturday with a mix of tradition and flair. The National Bowling Stadium opened its doors to the Open Championships for the 10th time, marking the event's record 13th trip to Reno, and the first of nearly 8,000 five-player teams made the ceremonial march down Center Aisle. The Opening-Day festivities included a ribbon-cutting, traditional Mass Ball Shot Ceremony and live entertainment.

USBC News

02/25/16

New Average Integrity Rules announced for 2017 USBC Open Championships

2015USBCLogo_small.jpgThe 2017 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships will feature new average requirement rules that will use additional data to strengthen the integrity of the tournament's divisions. A central feature of the new rules will be the use of participants' Open Championships tournament average to help place bowlers in the correct divisions. The new rules will require teams to set rosters 14 days in advance of participation, so tournament staff can have time to evaluate and verify averages.

USBC / PBA News

02/13/16

USBC Masters returns to Las Vegas in 2017 as part of Open Championships experience

2016USBCMastersLogo_small.jpg The 2017 United States Bowling Congress Masters will take place in Las Vegas for just the fourth time, and the event once again will be in the same host city as the USBC Open Championships. The 2017 USBC Masters, a major tournament on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, will take place Feb. 19-26 at The Orleans, a 70-lane center. The Masters, first held in 1951, has been part of the USBC Open Championships for most of its history.

USBC News

10/27/15

Exciting enhancements for USBC Open Championships in 2017

New third division highlights improvements to broaden appeal and strengthen integrity

2017USBCOCLogo_small.jpgWhen the USBC Open Championships heads to Las Vegas in 2017, the storied event will have several enhancements, highlighted by a new divisional structure. The new elements for the event come from recommendations of a task force comprised of tournament participants, volunteer leaders and staff. The USBC Open Championships also will have adjustments made to policies concerning professional bowlers, scale-room procedures and announcement of lane conditions.

United States

07/15/15

First-timer Ryan Zagar wins big at 2015 Bowlers Journal Championships

2015BJCRyanZagar_small.jpg Ryan Zagar (pictured) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, put together an unforgettable run during his USBC Open Championships debut in 2015 and jump-started that performance by pacing the field in Open Singles at the Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC. The 21-year-old right-hander claimed the top prize of $10,000 with games of 266, 243 and 247 for a 766 series at the El Paso Convention Center, which included needing a double in the final frame to win the title.

United States

07/12/15

History made as 2015 USBC Open Championships concludes in El Paso, Texas

2015USBCOCMattMcNiel_small.jpgThe 2015 USBC Open Championships will be remembered as much for its impact on the tournament's record book as it will for its top scores and on-lane excitement. A handful of bowlers added to their legacies on the championship lanes, while others realized lifelong goals by winning for the first time. Matt McNiel (pictured) of Prior Lake, Minnesota, made history this year at the El Paso Convention Center by becoming the first bowler in 112 years to win three Regular All-Events titles.

USBC News

07/10/15

USBC partners with Habitat for Humanity - El Paso

2015USBCOCPconstructionStage_small.jpgAs the 2015 USBC Open Championships winds down at the El Paso Convention Center, Habitat for Humanity - El Paso already has plans for how it will be able to use some of the materials from the venue after the tournament ends. It will take about 10 days and help from dozens of local volunteers for the two organizations to tear down the venue, which has enough lumber and materials to construct approximately four three-bedroom homes.

United States

07/08/15

Ryan Zagar moves into top 10 in four events at 2015 USBC Open Championships

Final live stream broadcast from El Paso Convention Center will take place July 8 at 7 p.m. Eastern

2015USBCOCRyanZagar_small.jpgFormer Junior Team USA member Ryan Zagar (pictured) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, experienced a roller coaster of emotions this week at the El Paso Convention Center, but it all made for an unforgettable debut at the USBC Open Championships. The 21-year-old right-hander stepped up with a chance at the lead in Regular Singles on July 5 before falling just short, settling into second place with a 787 series at the El Paso Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.

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