When Jack Glick
of Findlay, Ohio, made his United States Bowling Congress 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.
The 72-year-old right-hander became a noteworthy part of USBC Open Championships history March 21 when he made his 50th march down Center Aisle, reaching the milestone at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, which happens to be his favorite host city.
“When I started this, we were just a few young kids from a six-lane house, who got invited along to check out the national tournament,” said Glick, who received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin to commemorate the milestone.
“We enjoyed it quite a bit and all thought we could do better the next time, so we went again. There have been many changes over the years, but some of the main traditions are still great.”
Glick was the second of 20 bowlers scheduled to reach 50 years of participation during the 2016 Open Championships. The next will be Ed Gagnon of Swansea, Massachusetts, on March 30.
Classified Division gets new leaders at National Bowling Stadium
T-Rays of Jamestown, North Dakota, came into the 2016 USBC Open Championships looking to improve on last year’s ninth-place finish in Classified Team, and the group left the National Bowling Stadium this week at the top of the standings.
T-Rays rolled games of 880, 844 and 883 for a 2,607 total March 15. Malad Gun Club of Malad City, Idaho, previously held the lead with 2,529.
Kevin O’Meara led the way for T-Rays this year with a 550 series. He was followed by Terry Gruchalla (539), Jim Ryan (521), Michael Kvislen (503) and Terry Wibstad (494).
Classified Singles and All-Events also got a new leader as first-time participant David Kettell of Lindenhurst, New York, catapulted into the lead in both events March 21 with a 644 singles series and 1,661 all-events total. He had a 528 series in doubles and 489 set in team.
Greg Kokanour of Highland, California, previously held the lead in Classified Singles with 595, while Michael Booker of Eagle Bend, Minnesota, topped the Classified All-Events standings with 1,657.
The Classified Division is for teams with combined entering averages of 900 or less and individual bowlers with averages of 180 and below.
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2016 USBC Open Championships – Regular Division
Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall
1, Wickliffe Lanes (Jason Bowles, Larry Strell, Matthew Zitnik, Robert A. Bures, Robert J. Bures), 3,202. 2, Towne & Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 3,135. 3, 5 ICT Bowlers, Johnston, Iowa, 3,128. 4, ND Roto Grip, Mandan, N.D., 3,072. 5, Bud Light, Sheboygan, Wis., 3,039. 6, Storm Products 2, Brigham City, Utah, 3,028. 7, Last Chance, Shermansdale, Pa., 3,001. 8, Kruse’s Pro Shop, Fargo, N.D., 2,991. 9(tie), Total Bowling Dynamics, Monument, Colo., and Storm Troopers, Dimondale, Mich., 2,977.
1, Matthew Zitnik, Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Jason Bowles, Euclid, Ohio, 1,341. 2, Kevin Tatrow, Bel Aire, Kan./Will Barnes, Austin, Texas, 1,335. 3, Scott Honeysett/Michael Bradfield, Lansing, Mich., 1,334. 4, Dan Peters/Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,306. 5, Robert Milbrath, Hartland, Wis./Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 1,268. 6, Steve Krabbenhoft, Moorhead, Minn./Kenneth Cummings, West Fargo, N.D., 1,258. 7, Robert A. Bures, Mentor, Ohio/Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 1,255. 8, Andrew Horodecki, Jackson, Mich./Chad Pierce, Flowery Branch, Ga., 1,252. 9, Steven Badovinac, Monument, Colo./Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 1,250. 10, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich./Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga., 1,233.
1, Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 815. 2, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 785. 3, Will Barnes, Austin, Texas, 764. 4, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 759. 5, Jerry Rapp, Grand Island, Neb., 744. 6, Jerad Schmitt, Fargo, N.D., 729. 7(tie), Carl Garris, Washingtonville, N.Y., and Clifford Wheelock Jr., Chicopee, Mass., 709. 9, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 706. 10, Ryan Utterback, Clinton, Ill., 704.
1, Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 2,122. 2, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 2,060. 3, Jason Bowles, Euclid, Ohio, 2,042. 4, Will Barnes, Austin, Texas, 2,023. 5, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 2,021. 6, Michael Runk, New Cumberland, Pa., 1,996. 7, Robert Milbrath, Hartland, Wis., 1,959. 8, Eric Parvey, Fargo, N.D., 1,935. 9, Jerry Riemer, Burlington, Wis., 1,933. 10, Shawn Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,931.
1, Wickliffe Lanes (Jason Bowles, Larry Strell, Matthew Zitnik, Robert A. Bures, Robert J. Bures), Mentor, Ohio, 9,598. 2, 5 ICT Bowlers, Johnston, Iowa, 9,488. 3, ND Roto Grip, Mandan, N.D., 9,461. 4, Towne & Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 9,330. 5, A & J Bowling Suppliers, Three Rivers, Mich., 9,246. 6, Storm Products 2, Brigham City, Utah, 9,175. 7, Kruse’s Pro Shop, Fargo, N.D., 9,136. 8, Storm Troopers, Dimondale, Mich., 9,037. 9, Money Talks Breedlove Team, Johnston, Iowa, 8,955. 10, Total Bowling Dynamics, Monument, Colo., 8,952.
2016 USBC Open Championships – Classified Division
Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall
1, T-Rays (Jim Ryan, Kevin O’Meara, Michael Kvislen, Terry Wibstad, Terry Gruchalla), Jamestown, N.D., 2,607. 2, Plato Woodwork 1, Gaylord, Minn., 2,531. 3, Malad Gun Club, Malad City, Idaho, 2,529. 4, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,509. 5, Russell Ho Ohana 2, Honolulu, 2,483. 6(tie), Tom’s Bowling Center, Gibbon, Minn., and BV Construction, Lake Park, Iowa, 2,455. 8, Mel’s Diner, Calmar, Iowa, 2,447. 9, Zack’s Pro Shop, Canonsburg, Pa., 2,430. 10, Young Explosives 2, Williamson, N.Y., 2,424.
1, Randy Robinson/Crystal Forkner, Higginsville, Mo., 1,118. 2, Mandy Quaas, Hutchinson, Minn./Jeremy Quaas, New Hope, Minn., 1,111. 3, Chris Witthus/Robert Kaytor, Glencoe, Minn., 1,096. 4, Dee Maccario, Farmington, Conn./Mark Baranski, Newington, Conn., 1,094. 5, Christopher Petrie, Joshua Tree, Calif./Keith Petrie, Long Prairie, Minn., 1, 091.6, Karl Trampusch, Long Prairie, Minn./Darren Horton, Wadena, Minn., 1,088. 7, Julie Wahman/Gregg Wahman Jr., 1,085. 8, Jerome Kemper, Fargo, N.D./Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,071. 9, Lyle Maly, Weston, Neb./Tom Mensik, Morse Bluff, Neb., 1,070. 10, Elizabeth Langhoff, Lakewood, Colo./Frank Neumann, Cheyenne, Wyo., 1,065.
1, David Kettell, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 644. 2, Greg Kokanour, Highland, Calif., 595. 3, Roger Porto, Kerman, Calif., 590. 4, Maniram Basdeo, Bronx, N.Y., 588. 5, Christopher Petrie, Joshua Tree, Calif., 585. 6, Michelle Massard, Miramar, Fla., 574. 7, Keith Petrie, Long Prairie, Minn., 570. 8, Tom Meinsma, Sabula, Iowa, 565. 9(tie), Cameron Zens, Redfield, S.D., Krista Broadhead, Nampa, Idaho, and Larry Lamb, Arlington, Minn., 562.
1, David Kettell, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 1,661. 2, Michael Booker, Eagle Bend, Minn., 1,657. 3, Roger Porto, Kerman, Calif., 1,634. 4, Greg Mickelson, Frazee, Minn., 1,627. 5, Greg Kokanour, Highland, Calif., 1,612. 6, Tom Meinsma, Sabula, Iowa, 1,604. 7, Keith Petrie, Long Prairie, Minn., 1,602. 8, Robert Kaytor, Glencoe, Minn., 1,599. 9 Scott Tracy, Redfield, S.D., 1,592. 10, Christopher Petrie, Joshua Tree, Calif., 1,587.