Oklahoma bowler takes Classified Singles lead at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

    2008USBCOCJeremyNoland.jpg Jeremy Noland of Chelsea, Okla., was hoping to improve his scores after disappointing performances in team and doubles at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and with family bragging rights on the line, he rolled the highest series of his 10-year tournament career to take the lead in Classified Singles on Sunday night.

    The 27-year-old right-hander opened his singles event with games of 258 and 226 before starting the final game with five consecutive strikes. While it looked like he had the lead safely in hand, Nolan opened in three straight frames and forced himself to throw a clutch double to move into the top spot. He finished with 212 and a 696 series to pass Daniel Dabkowski of Columbia, S.C., who previously held the lead with 688.

    "After shooting what I did in team and doubles, I was glad to improve," said Noland, who had 547 in doubles and 533 in team for a 1,776 all-events total. "Toward the end of doubles, I found the right ball and the right place on the lane, which really helped in singles. I did get some breaks, and luckily, missing a few spares didn't cost me too much."

    Last year, Noland had a 601 singles set at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., but feels like he left a lot of pins behind. This year's goal was to improve on his spare shooting, which would hopefully translate into higher scores at the Albuquerque Convention Center this weekend.

    "I thought if I threw the ball well and made my spares, I'd be all right," said Noland, who works for the police department in Tulsa, Okla. "I was a little bit nervous after five in a row the last game because I knew exactly what I needed. After the three opens, I was sweating a little bit, but I was able to overcome it."

    Noland competed in the on-site Roto Grip Sport Bowling Challenge to test his skills and spare shooting one final time before taking to the tournament lanes and later drew on his previous USBC Open Championships experiences to help him stay calm. His final motivation was not being the low bowler in the family.

    "I really enjoy bowling with my dad and my brother, and I think the competitiveness there really helped me tonight," Noland said. "And the more you come to this event, the more relaxed you are out there. The first time out, I was real nervous, but it doesn't get to me like that anymore. Overall, this is a great feeling. I've been bowling for a long time, but now I have priorities that make it so I can't bowl as much as I'd like. So to come out here and bowl well made this trip so much better."

    2007 Classified All-Events Champion makes Regular Division debut

    2008USBCOCSamuelMurray.jpg Although he is no longer a Classified bowler, Samuel Murray of Toccoa, Ga., forever will be recognized as a champion at the USBC Open Championships.

    This weekend, the 51-year-old right-hander made his first tournament appearance since claiming the 2007 Classified All-Events crown at the National Bowling Stadium and enjoyed his first introduction as a tournament titlist.

    "I really enjoyed coming back to the tournament, and I especially liked seeing the champion banners over the lanes, which is something I didn't expect," said Murray, who took home the title last year with a 1,850 all-events total. "This was something I've never done and might never do again, and it was a lot of fun."

    Even after his win, Murray didn't change any of his goals and expectations heading into this year's event. He came into the Albuquerque Convention Center focused on bowling his best and having a good time, and that's exactly what he did in his Regular Division debut.

    This time, Murray had 543 in singles, 539 in team and 514 in doubles for a 1,596 all-events total.

    "When I was getting ready to come out here, I didn't really think too much about what I was going to do," said Murray, who made his sixth Open Championships appearance. "I tried to stay relaxed because that's the only way I know how to bowl well. If I get nervous, I'm all over the place, so I tried not to think about it. I just came to have fun and not try anything different."

    The Classified Division is for individual bowlers with averages of 180 or less, 360 or less for doubles and 900 or less for a five-player team.

    2008USBCOCLogo.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2008 USBC Open Championships are Eldorado Hotel Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno in Reno, Nev. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider; Brunswick, capital equipment supplier; Storm Products, Inc.; Roto Grip, official sponsor of the Roto Grip Sport Bowling Challenge; Isleta Casino & Resort; Santa Ana Star Casino, the official brackets sponsor; Rainbow Ryders, the exclusive hot air balloon company of the 2008 Open Championships; and Sandia Resort & Casino.

    2008 USBC Open Championships

    Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, N.M.


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    1, Team Tilt (Thomas Ault Jr., Russ Wilson, Chris Greene, Joe Keltner, Jay Futrell), Lawrence, Kan., 3,374. 2, Turbo Grips 1, Chesterfield, Mich., 3,308. 3, Rhino for President, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,298. 4, Bowlingfordumdums.com, Pritchett, Colo., 3,284. 5, Bluemound Bowl, Milwaukee, Wis., 3,268. 6, Ballard's Bowling Solution 1, North Richland Hills, Texas, 3,258. 7, Bowlers Universe 1, Rockford, Ill., 3,249. 8, Bluegrass Bowling & Golf, Lexington, Ky., 3,244. 9, Woody's, Mulvane, Kan., 3,239. 10, Marcor Technologies, Gaylord, Mich., 3,235.

    1, John Socha, Oak Creek, Wis./Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,467. 2, Skip Wolfe, Dixon, Ill./Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,462. 3, Robert Slayton, Apple Valley, Minn./Jason Lutgen, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 1,445. 4, Todd Koehler, Appleton, Minn./Doug Blood, Montevideo, Minn., 1,444. 5, Erik Mattingly, Puyallup, Wash./Robert Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 1,441. 6, Ted Baer/Josh Edenburn, Omaha, Neb., 1,439. 7, Steven Levering, Landisville, Pa./Jim Rutherford, Coatesville, Pa., 1,428. 8, Ron Case, Oakley, Calif./Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 1,422. 9, Mike Granberg, Batavia, Ill./Dave Rodak, Naperville, Ill., 1,419. 10, Ward Mocaby/Steve Elson, Wichita, Kan., 1,416.

    1, Bryan Young, Everett, Wash., 832. 2, Jason Price, Grand Island, Neb., 817. 3, Wilbert Moorer, Dover, Del., 784. 4, Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 779. 5, William Uthoff, O'Fallon, Mo., 775. 6 (tie), Larry Aldridge, Aurora, Colo., and Alexander Shand, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 774. 8, Alan Pecora, Drums, Pa., 773. 9, Don Pyle, Wilmington, Del., 768. 10, Darren Weiler, Dickinson, N.D., 767.

    1, Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 2,183. 2, Bryan Young, Everett, Wash., 2,165. 3, Mike Rose Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 2,161. 4, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,160. 5, Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 2,159. 6, Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill., 2,147. 7, Edward Gallagher, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,141. 8, Todd Fenske, Weston, Wis., 2,132. 9, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 2,122. 10, Don Pyle, Wilmington, Del., 2,118.

    Team All-Events
    1, Team Tilt (Thomas Ault Jr., Russ Wilson, Chris Greene, Joe Keltner, Jay Futrell), Lawrence, Kan., 9,986. 2, Team Pabst, Madison, Wis., 9,977. 3, MoRich Enterprises, West Bend, Wis., 9,901. 4, Rhino for President, Pleasant View, Utah, 9,801. 5, Bowlingfordumdums.com, Pritchett, Colo., 9,794. 6 (tie), S & B Pro Shop 2, Sterling Heights, Mich., and Pam's Boys 1, Salem, Ore., 9,736. 8, Pollard's Bowl, Versailles, Ind., 9,708. 9, J & S Auto Supply Inc., Valparaiso, Ind., 9,684. 10, Buddies Pro Shop, Congers, N.Y., 9,667.


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    1, Cardinal Lanes (Edward Hitschmann, Mike Steinert, Reuben Flagor, Tim Higgins, Gary Boxberger), 2,804. 2, Lake Country Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,799. 3, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,795. 4, Garden Center Lanes 2, Alexandria, Minn., 2,789. 5, Plattsburgh Bowl, Plattsburgh, Mo., 2,773. 6, Sego Electric, Clarion, Iowa, 2,759. 7, Pla-Mor Lanes 5, New Weston, Ohio, 2,750. 8, Lady Pros, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,748. 9, Firenab 2, Lincoln, Neb., 2,745. 10, Red Carpet, Sauk Centre, Minn., 2,744.

    1, Jacqueline Snyder/Bill Calhoon, Cooksville, Ill., 1,282. 2, Janet Vaccari/Joe Vaccari, Gillette, Wyo., 1,255. 3, Frank Smyle Jr., Reeder, N.D./Jesse Smyle, Bowman, N.D., 1,240. 4, James Whisenhant, Robertsdale, Ala./Dean Swindle, Foley, Ala., 1,237. 5, William Palmer, Sussex, Wis./Henry Dotson, McCool, Miss., 1,220. 6, Ron Schara, Big Timber, Mont./Tom Schara, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,205. 7, Arthur King, Grass Valley, Calif./Sandy Wagner, Loomis, Calif., 1,203. 8, Jim Kohlman, St. Paul, Minn./Michael Roscoe, White Bear Lake, Minn., 1,196. 9, Judy Waliczek, Pflugerville, Texas/Christopher Brown, Jonesboro, Ark, 1,192. 10, Larry Tschoepe, San Antonio/Ted Smith LaVernia, Texas, 1,188.

    1, Jeremy Noland, Chelsea, Okla., 696. 2, Daniel Dabkowski, Columbia, S.C., 688. 3 (tie), Brian Washington, Hopewell, Va., and Tim Hoffpauir, New Iberia, La., 676. 5, Tim Wagner, Hardin, Mont., 669. 6, Jeffrey Kistler, Marion, Ind., 668. 7, John Zapalac, Bishop, Texas, 662. 8, Randy Gaines, Austin, Minn., 658. 9, Ed Wethington, Poplar Grove, Ill., 657. 10 (tie), Dale Fuller, Otter Lake, Mich., and Bill Ingram, Aloha, Ore., 648.

    1, Jeffrey Kistler, Marion, Ind., 1,887. 2, Daniel Dabkowski, Columbia, S.C., 1,857. 3, Bill Calhoon, Cooksville, Ill., 1,852. 4, John Millet Jr., Greenland, N.H., 1,821. 5, Troy Schultz, Clarion, Iowa, 1,820. 6, Dave Lisson, Browerville, Minn., 1,815. 7, John Victor, Rockford, Ill., 1,794. 8, Glenn Shields, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1,791. 9, Hartsell Duhart, Compton, Calif., 1,789. 10, Dave Dubois, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,782.