USBC Open Championships

United States

04/15/15

Minnesota's Scott Endersbe takes singles lead at El Paso Convention Center

USBC Hall of Famer Don Ellis celebrates 65 years at USBC Open Championships; record holders won't repeat in 2015; Wisconsin teammates enjoy success

2015USBCOCScottEndersbe_small.jpgScott Endersbe (pictured) of Waite Park, Minnesota, finished his 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships campaign with eight strikes, including three clutch shots in the final frame, to sneak into the Regular Singles lead April 14. The 32-year-old right-hander put together games of 268, 238 and 279 for a 785 series at the El Paso Convention Center and passed Chad Oachs of Mankato, Minnesota, who previously held the lead with 772.

United States

04/08/15

Defending champion in position to make history at USBC Open Championships

Team All-Events champions won't repeat in 2015; two live stream broadcasts from the Open Championships this week

2015USBCOCAnthonyLaCaze_small.jpgDefending champion Anthony LaCaze (pictured) of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, is in position to become the second bowler in 112 years of USBC Open Championships history to win titles in three consecutive years. The 32-year-old right-hander, a 2013 Team All-Events champion and the 2014 Regular All-Events winner, helped Junior Team USA Support 1 of Las Vegas to the top of the leaderboard in Regular Team (3,359) and Team All-Events (10,064) in El Paso, Texas, on April 3-4.

United States

04/01/15

Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. breaks career pinfall record at USBC Open Championships

North Dakota's Matt Smallin leads three events at El Paso Convention Center

2015USBCOCBillLillardCareerPinfallLeader_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. (pictured) of Houston added to his USBC Open Championships legacy as he became the tournament's career pinfall leader during his first game of singles in front of a standing-room-only crowd of friends, family, fans and fellow competitors at the El Paso Convention Center on March 31. An eight-time Open Championships winner, and the first of three bowlers in tournament history to claim four titles in the same year, Lillard now has settled atop the career pinfall list with a 124,087 total.

United States

03/19/15

Minnesota bowler Sylvester Thiel celebrates 70 years at USBC Open Championships

2015USBCOCSylvesterThiel70YearClub_small.jpg Sylvester Thiel (pictured) of Lake City, Minnesota, returned to the 112th USBC Open Championships at El Paso Convention Center as focused as when he did so for the first time at the 1940 event in Detroit. Thiel's teammates waited patiently by lane 37, while all 44 teams of bowlers and hundreds of bowling fans rose to their feet to witness his milestone trip down Center Aisle. The standing ovation ushered him into the tournament's 70-Year Club as its third member, and first since 1999.

USBC News

03/13/15

XBowling named official live scoring partner of USBC Open Championships

Bowlers and their friends and families can follow the USBC Open Championships scoring live, follow leaderboards and access frame-by-frame detailed individual results for third consecutive year

2013XBowlingLogo_small.jpgSports Challenge Network's XBowling and USBC have announced that for the third consecutive year, XBowling is the official live scoring partner of the USBC Open Championships. Approximately 40,000 bowlers will participate in the world's largest bowling tournament from March 7 through July 12 and now will have access to a real-time display of their bowling scores by XBowling. Tournament-goers and their friends and family back home can follow the action in the free XBowling App or on the web.

United States

03/08/15

2015 USBC Open Championships underway in El Paso

2015USBCOCMariachi_small.jpgWith help from El Paso's official mascot, Amigo Man, the 2015 USBC Open Championships got off to a festive start Saturday at the El Paso Convention Center. Amigo Man led the tournament's first 48 teams down Center Aisle, while local entertainers - Mariachi Tapatio and Ballet FolklĂłrico Paso Del Norte - escorted out this year's Joe Bowler, Chuck Brockett of Burlington, Iowa, before delivering some Southwestern flavor to the Opening-Day festivities.

United States

03/05/15

Science of Bowling exhibit opens at El Paso Exploreum

2015USBCOCElPasoExploreum_small.jpg For the next four months, El Paso will be home to the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and the event will touch many aspects of life in Sun City as tournament bowlers and staff immerse themselves in the local community. Even the children of El Paso will get the chance to learn the ins and outs of the sport of bowling when they visit the El Paso Exploreum Children's Museum, which will feature a detailed Science of Bowling exhibit during the 128-day run of the USBC Open Championships.

USBC News

02/03/15

USBC, Kegel work together to benefit Folds of Honor

2015KegelPatriotFLEXlanemachine_small.jpgEach time the 11United States Bowling Congress and Kegel team up to dress the lanes at USBC's championship events in 2015, bowlers and bowling fans surely will take notice of the custom lane machines being used to get the job done. As the official lane maintenance provider for all USBC tournaments, Kegel has created a limited-edition Patriot FLEX lane machine that will be used at the 2015 USBC Masters, USBC Open Championships and USBC Women's Championships.

USBC News

01/13/15

USBC, RSCVA and Reno approve revision of tournament hosting agreement

Amendment adjusts event schedule, hosting fees and stadium renovation timeline

2015NBSNationalBowlingStadiumReno_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress (USBC), the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) Board of Directors and the Reno City Council have approved revisions to the hosting agreement for USBC Championships tournaments. Key changes include shifting the USBC Open and Women's Championships back to their historical rotation of visiting Reno once every three years, adjusting the site fee and extending the completion date for renovations at the National Bowling Stadium (NBS).

United States

07/14/14

Oklahoma team tops list of winners at 2014 USBC Open Championships

2014USBCOCArtisticExpressions1_small.jpgThe members of Artistic Expressions 1 of Oklahoma City (pictured left) already were well-known throughout the Southwest, but they've gained international notoriety since rolling the highest team score in 111 years of USBC Open Championships history. Their 3,720 team total at the National Bowling Stadium on June 23 earned them a whirlwind of media and bowling-community attention that will continue now that they're officially this year's Regular Team champions.

United States

07/09/14

Two bowlers roll perfect games at 2014 USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium welcomes the 2014 USBC Senior Championships on July 8-9; final squad of the 2014 Open Championships will hit the lanes at 2 p.m. EDT on July 13

2014USBCOCEdwardRondot_small.jpgThe 2014 USBC Open Championships returned from a brief hiatus in exciting fashion as Edward Rondot (pictured) of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, rolled perfect games on July 5 and July 6, respectively. Both bowlers competed on the first team squad following the USBC Queens, and it didn't take long for Rondot to find his way into the record books. He posted games of 233, 195 and 300 for the 34th perfect game of the 2014 event.

United States

07/07/14

Shannon Pluhowsky bowls perfect game at 2014 USBC Open

Team USA member becomes the 10th woman in tournament history, and second this year, to roll 300

2014USBCOCShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky (pictured) of Dayton, Ohio, started and finished her trip to Reno this year in memorable fashion, including a 300 game at the 2014 USBC Open Championships. The 31-year-old left-hander became the 10th woman in tournament history, and second this year, to achieve the milestone, which came in her second game of singles Sunday. She sandwiched the 35th perfect game of this year's event between games of 180 and 236 for a 716 series.

United States

07/02/14

Homestretch begins at 2014 USBC Open Championships

The final squad of the 111th edition of the event will hit the lanes at 2 p.m. EDT on July 13

2014USBCOCLogo_small.jpgThere was an abbreviated schedule this week at the USBC Open Championships as the National Bowling Stadium played host to the 2014 USBC Queens and USBC Senior Queens. The 111th edition of the Open Championships kicked off Feb. 28, and so far, more than 45,000 bowlers have competed on the championship lanes at the NBS. There are 9,024 teams scheduled to compete this year before the event concludes July 13.

United States

06/25/14

Defending Singles champion Zeke Bayt won't repeat at 2014 USBC Open Championships

Summer Jasmin becomes the ninth woman in USBC Open Championships history to roll a perfect game

2014USBCOCZekeBayt_small.jpgZeke Bayt (pictured) of Westerville, Ohio, may not have been able to find his way back to the top of the standings at the USBC Open Championships, but he definitely didn't leave Reno, Nev., empty-handed. Although his Regular Singles title defense at the NBS on June 21 only resulted in games of 196, 192 and 217 for a 605 series, well short of the lead this year, Bayt did help his team to the highest single game in tournament history the night before.

United States

06/24/14

Oklahoma Team shatters record at USBC Open Championships

Artistic Expressions 1 of Oklahoma City rolls games of 1,255, 1,188 and 1,277 for 3,720 team tally (248 average) to break the previous record by 159 pins

2014USBCOCArtisticExpressions1_small.jpg Even with a half game to go, there was little doubt Artistic Expressions 1 of Oklahoma City was going to finish the day atop the standings at the 2014 USBC Open Championships with the highest score in 111 years of tournament history. The group finished with a 1,277 final game and 3,720 team tally, 159 pins better than Motion Plus Lanes of Cudahy, Wis., which previously held the lead and top spot in the record books with 3,561.

United States

06/21/14

Indiana Team rolls highest game in USBC Open Championships history

Team Turbo Grips of Fort Wayne fire 1,318 to become the first team to surpass the 1,300 mark in the 111-year history of the event; group's Doubles and Singles performance will be featured live on BowlTV Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT

2014USBCOCTeamTurboGrips_small.jpg Team Turbo Grips of Fort Wayne, Ind. (pictured), rallied back from a disappointing opening game at the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships by rolling the first 1,300 team game in the 111-year history of the event. Led by Terry Rohrer's 298, Team Turbo Grips fired 1,318 at the National Bowling Stadium to surpass the 1,299 posted by 123Bowl.com of Naugatuck, Conn., on May 2.

United States

06/18/14

Two bowlers shoot 800 at 2014 USBC Open Championships

Another two bowlers toss perfect games at National Bowling Stadium; three live stream broadcasts from Reno this week

2014USBCOCJonTrzcinski_small.jpgJon Trzcinski (pictured left) of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Chris Nielson of Livonia, Mich., brought the number of 800 series rolled at this year's United States Bowling Congress Open Championships to six on June 11 and June 12, respectively. A day removed from leading Lodge Lanes Kids of Orlando, Fla. (right), into third place in Regular Team with a 3,527 total, Trzcinski rolled games of 243, 289 and 270 for an 802 series and moved into a tie for second place in Regular Singles.

United States

06/11/14

Defending team champion falls short at 2014 USBC Open Championships

Arizona's Michael Tountas joins father in record books at USBC Open Championships; two live stream broadcasts this week

2014USBCOCLodgeLanesToo_small.jpgThe members of Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., rolled the highest score in USBC Open Championships history, 3,538, on their way to the Regular Team title at the 2013 event, and they returned to the National Bowling Stadium on June 10 to put that title on the line. With the bar even higher this year, they knew it would take another record performance, but they fell short with games of 1,155, 1,067 and 1,099 for a 3,321 total.

United States

06/04/14

Two perfect games highlight week at 2014 USBC Open Championships

2014USBCOCBillBruce2_small.jpg2014USBCOCJonPokorny2_small.jpg Bill Bruce (.) of Howell, Mich., and Jon Pokorny (r.) of Converse, Texas, each found their way into the record books at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with perfect games this week at the National Bowling Stadium. Bruce, a 42-year-old right-hander, accomplished the feat May 30 during singles. Pokorny, a 31-year-old right-hander, matched Bruce's feat later that night, starting his singles set with a 300 game.

United States

05/28/14

New Jersey's Anthony Cerrato celebrates 50 years at USBC Open Championships

Rick Gatlin, Brian Burkhardt fall short in their quest for a second consecutive Regular Doubles title; number of perfect games at the 2014 USBC Open Championships increases to 27; two live stream broadcasts from Reno this week

2014USBCOCAnthonyCerrato_small.jpgAnthony Cerrato (pictured left with wife Christine) of East Hanover, N.J., celebrated two milestones in Reno on May 20. The 77-year-old became the 174th bowler in history, and last of 10 this year, to reach 50 years of participation at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The day also marked the 50th wedding anniversary for Cerrato and his wife, Christine. In 50 tournament appearances, he has knocked down 82,713 pins for a career average of 183.8.

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