USBC Bowling News Overview

USBC Youth


Bowling.Com Youth Open has one perfect game, three multiple winners

BowlingcomYouthOpenChampionshipsLogo_small.jpg Eric Gauroniak of Palm City, Florida, had the only 300 game and three other youth bowlers each won multiple titles at the 2014 Youth Open Championships that recently concluded at AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga, N.Y. The Youth Open is a non-qualifying tournament open to all USBC Youth members. This year's event drew more than 1,200 participants and will award approximately $80,000 in scholarships.

USBC Youth


Storm, Roto Grip, Master to sponsor Junior Gold Championships 2015 & 2016

2015JGCLogo_small.jpg Storm Products Inc. and International Bowling Campus Youth Development have agreed on a sponsorship deal that will make Storm, Roto Grip and Master the presenting sponsors of the Junior Gold Championships. The Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master is a two-year agreement that will cover the 2015 event in Chicago and the 2016 tournament in Cleveland.

Team USA News


Team USA roster for 2014 PABCON Women's Championships announced

USBCRodRossITCHeadCoach_small.jpgThe Team USA squad that will represent the United States at the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Women's Championships in Cali, Colombia, in September has been set. The U.S. team, which will be coached by Team USA head coach Rod Ross (pictured), will be made up of Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, California, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, and Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey.

USBC Collegiate


4th Bowling Combine for College Prospects continues to bring together bowlers, coaches

2014BowlingCombineLogo_small.jpg More than 100 youth bowlers from across the country, and even a little further away, were at the International Training and Research Center this week to take part in the Bowling Combine for College Prospects. The Bowling Combine, in its fourth year, was developed to bring together youth bowlers who want to compete at the collegiate level and college coaches looking for talented bowlers for their programs. This year's event started Tuesday and will conclude Saturday.

USBC Youth


Six USBC youth members win national titles at 2014 Junior Gold Championships

2014JuniorGoldWinners_small.jpg Tylor Greene of Davison, Michigan, and Breanna Clemmer of Clover, South Carolina, claimed the 20-and-under titles at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships, while Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, New York, and Ashley Channell of Morris Chapel, Tennessee, won the 15-and-under division. In the new 12-and-under division, Anthony Neuer of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and Madison Bailey of Rocklin, California, earned victories.

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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.



Omaha, Nebraska, to host 2015 USBC Convention

Las Vegas to serve as host city for the 2016 and 2017 conventions

USBCConventionLogo_small.jpgThe 2015 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting will shift to Omaha, Neb., and will take place April 27-30. The 2015 USBC Convention will take place at the Ramada Plaza Omaha, and also will start a day earlier than previously announced. The final day of the Annual Meeting, which includes the legislative session, will take place Thursday, April 30. The convention originally was scheduled for Indianapolis. Las Vegas will serve as host city for the 2016 and 2017 conventions.



Champions crowned at 2014 USBC Senior Championships

2014USBCSeniorChampions50to54_small.jpg Herman Ferguson (l.) of Los Angeles was one of 12 champions crowned at the 2014 USBC Senior Championships, and he earned his title with a clutch performance in his final frames at the National Bowling Stadium. Ferguson struck on his final four deliveries to secure the victory. He finished with a 687 series and 2,128 total for his nine games, just 10 pins ahead of Don Griffin (c.) of St. Louis (2,118). Eduardo Vegas (r.), Tucson, Ariz., finished third (2,099).



Jason Overstreet named USBC Deputy Executive Director


Jason Overstreet (pictured) has been named USBC Deputy Executive Director by Executive Director Chad Murphy. The move elevates Overstreet from his previous role as Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, and is part of a broader leadership restructuring. Joining Murphy and Overstreet on the new USBC executive team will be Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Salazar and Managing Director of National Governing Body Neil Stremmel. A search is ongoing for a Managing Director of Technology/Operations/Planning.

USBC Youth


Record field on tap for Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo next week

USBC Youth Open begin Thursday

2014JGCLogo_small.jpg The top youth bowlers in the country will head to the Buffalo, N.Y., area starting this weekend with dreams of earning spots on Junior Team USA and with more than $200,000 in scholarships on the line at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships. The event, which is presented by Ebonite, Columbia 300, Track and Hammer, officially gets underway with the first round of qualifying on Monday. A record 2,770 USBC youth members are eligible to participate in the event.

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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.



Andrew Cain to continue as USBC President


2014USBCFrankWilkinson_small.jpgAndrew Cain (l.) of Phoenix has been elected for a third one-year term as president of the United States Bowling Congress and Frank Wilkinson (r.) of Staten Island, N.Y., will continue to serve as vice president. The USBC Board of Directors elected Cain and Wilkinson as officers for the 2014-2015 season, which begins Aug. 1, during a USBC board meeting held in Orlando, Fla., during Bowl Expo. The 2014-2015 season will be Cain's last as president.

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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.

2014 Teen Masters


Michael Coffey, Kelly Skalacki win boys' and girls' titles in Teen Masters Grand Championships

Winners to bowl in boy vs. girl match during PBA Champion's Challenge ESPN telecast in Las Vegas

2014TMKellySkalackiMichaelCoffey_small.jpg Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., (r.) and Kelly Skalacki of Coram, N.Y. (l.), captured the boys' and girls' titles in the Teen Masters Grand Championships Saturday at Sawgrass Lanes Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earning $7,500 scholarships. Coffey and Skalacki also earned berths in the boy vs. girl Teen Masters Grand Championship match to be conducted as part of the PBA Champion's Challenge telecast on ESPN later in the year as part of PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.

2014 USBC Queens


Maria Jose Rodriguez becomes second consecutive foreign player to win USBC Queens

Colombian national team member defeats Team USA's Kelly Kulick in a dramatic finish to win the 2014 event and the $20,000

2014USBCQMariaJoseRodriguez4_small.jpg Maria Jose Rodriguez (pictured) of Colombia outlasted two-time USBC Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., to win the 2014 event in a dramatic 190-189 finish at the National Bowling Stadium on Thursday. After Rodriguez missed the 2-4-5-8 combination in her final frame, Kulick was forced to throw a double in order to become the third player in history with three USBC Queens titles. The 2007 and 2010 champion left a 10 pin on her first shot in the 10th frame, handing Rodriguez the title worth $20,000.

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Robin Romeo wins 2014 USBC Senior Queens

2014USBCSQRobinRomeo2_small.jpg United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Robin Romeo (pictured left) of Newhall, Calif., made her way through the stepladder finals to capture the coveted tiara at the 2014 USBC Senior Queens presented by Storm on Thursday. The 57-year-old right-hander defeated fellow hall of famer and top seed Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., 241-188, to take home the $3,500 top prize at the National Bowling Stadium. It was her first victory in more than 30 years of USBC Queens and Senior Queens competition.

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Colombia's Maria Jose Rodriguez one win away from victory in 2014 USBC Queens

2014USBCQMariaJoseRodriguez2_small.jpg2013EBT04TannyaRoumimper2_small.jpgColombia's Maria Jose Rodriguez (l.) earned the top seed for the stepladder finals of the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Queens presented by Storm after finishing match play Wednesday with a perfect record. The 25-year-old right-hander rallied back from a 58-pin deficit after one game to defeat Tannya Roumimper (r.) of Indonesia, 614-582, to secure the No. 1 seed, and now is just one win away from her first major title.

2014 USBC Senior Queens


Tish Johnson top seed at 2014 USBC Senior Queens

2014USBCSQFinalists_small.jpg USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., got more comfortable during each round of match play at the 2014 USBC Senior Queens presented by Storm and earned the top seed for the stepladder finals for the second consecutive year. The 52-year-old left-hander defeated 2011 USBC Senior Queens champion Paula Vidad of Sun City, Calif., 764-587, at the National Bowling Stadium on Wednesday to remain undefeated at this year's event.

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Four players unbeaten at 2014 USBC Queens

Maria Jose Rodriguez (COL), Missy Parkin (USA), Jennifer Higgins (USA) and Tannya Roumimper (INA) one victory away from making the stepladder finals live on ESPN2 on July 3 at 7 p.m. EDT


ImageFour players remain undefeated after the opening round of match play at the 2014 USBC Queens presented Storm. Maria Jose Rodriguez (l.) of Colombia, 2011 USBC Queens champion Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., Jennifer Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, and Tannya Roumimper (r.) of Indonesia each find themselves one victory away from making this year's stepladder finals, which will be televised live on ESPN2 on July 3 at 7 p.m. EDT.

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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.

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