2009

United States

08/02/09

USBC Open Championships teams up with Habitat for Humanity

 In a few short weeks, the bowling lanes that have occupied Cashman Center for more than seven months will be gone, but the memory of the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships will live on in Las Vegas as supplies from the 2009 tournament are used to build houses for low-income families.The transformation of venue back into a convention center will begin immediately after the Women's Worlds.

United States

07/25/09

Record scores are final as 2009 USBC Open Championships concludes in Las Vegas

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCLogo_small.jpgThe record run of the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships came to an end Friday, and the event will be remembered for the performances and personal milestones that rewrote the tournament record books. Three major scoring records were broken at Cashman Center this year, and an unprecedented 10 bowlers reached the coveted 50-year milestone. The list of champions in 2009 includes 13 first-time winners, while five bowlers added to their legacies on the championship lanes as repeat winners.

United States

07/24/09

First-timers take Classified Doubles lead at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCRobertCarterMichaelWarren_small.jpgRobert Carter and Michael Warren (l-r) of Clinton, N.C., are tournament first-timers with a flair for the dramatic, and the two right-handers now are in position to win Classified Doubles at the 2009 USBC Open Championships. Because they enjoy bowling as much as they enjoy Las Vegas, Carter and Warren thought it would be fun to take a vacation and have a bowling experience unlike any other at the same time. Less than a week after deciding to make the trip, the two now find themselves at the top of the standings with a 1,250 doubles total.

United States

07/22/09

Regular Singles Champion won't repeat at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCBryanYoung_small.jpgBryan Young of Everett, Wash., came into the 2009 USBC Open Championships knowing he would have to roll the highest series in tournament history if he was going to become the first bowler to win back-to-back Regular Singles titles. The 35-year-old right-hander confidently entered singles after shooting 682 in team and 627 in doubles, but after three frames, it was mathematically impossible for him to top Bo Goergen of Midland, Mich., who leads Regular Singles this year with 862.

United States

07/20/09

Two bowlers roll honor scores at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCJonathanSchalow_small.jpg2009USBCOCWayneWebb_small.jpgThe 2009 USBC Open Championships may be entering its final week, but there's still plenty of excitement happening on the lanes at Cashman Center. First-time participant Jonathan Schalow (l.) of Marshfield, Wis., made sure his debut was a memorable one by shooting the sixth 800 series of this year's event, while Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Wayne Webb (r.) of Sacramento, Calif., added his name to the record books with the tournament's 34th perfecto.

United States

07/19/09

Illinois bowler makes run at Singles lead at USBC Open Championships

2009USBCOCJosephCosta_small.jpgJoseph Costa of Chicago made a run at the Classified Singles lead at the USBC Open Championships on Saturday, but came up short and settled into sixth place. Costa started singles with five consecutive strikes on the way to a 233 game and followed it up with a 255 effort. Halfway through his last game, he realized he had a legitimate shot at the lead, but the pins did not fall his way. After missing a 10 pin in the sixth frame, he opened two more times to finish with a 181 game and 669 series. Vernon Daniels of Bermuda leads with 692.


United States

07/14/09

California bowlers shake up leaderboard at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCWayneWadaVinceBaptista_small.jpgVince Baptista of Millbrae, Calif., and Wayne Wada of Alameda, Calif. (pictured r-l), have combined for 10 appearances at the USBC Open Championships, but neither had competed in the event outside of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., until this weekend. The two left-handers are regular visitors to Las Vegas and used this year's USBC Open Championships as a reason for an additional trip to one of their favorite places. They got more than just another vacation, however, as they moved into third place in Classified Doubles at Cashman Center on Monday.

United States

07/12/09

British teams enjoy first trip to USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCTeamCamel1_small.jpgLol Ellis of Cannock Staffs, England, has competed in events as prestigious as the Men's World Championships and as high-paying as the High Roller and Mini-Eliminator in Las Vegas, and this week, he got his first taste of the USBC Open Championships. The 58-year-old right-hander and the rest of his Team Camel teammates traveled more than 5,000 miles from England to Las Vegas to join the more than 86,000 bowlers competing at Cashman Center this year, and the experience was a memorable one.

United States

07/09/09

Florida team moves into top five in Team All-Events at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCJrTeamUSASupport2_small.jpgAfter moving into sixth place in Regular Team at the USBC Open Championships on Monday, the members of Jr. Team USA Support of New Port Richey, Fla., continued showing off their skills during doubles and singles Tuesday night. Comprised of former Team USA and Junior Team USA members, the group made a run at the Team All-Events lead Tuesday before settling into fifth place with a 10,034 total. Linds Limited of Milwaukee, which leads Regular Team with 3,449, also leads Team All-Events with 10,372, the third-highest total in USBC Open Championships history.

United States

07/08/09

Former Team USA member leads team at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCJrTeamUSASupport_small.jpgIn less than a month, former Team USA member P.J. Haggerty (far right) of Clovis, Calif., will begin his career as an exempt player on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour. Since his exempt status will make him ineligible to compete at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships until his PBA Tour career is over, Haggerty took advantage of the opportunity to compete in the event one last time.

United States

07/06/09

Puerto Rico's Frankie Colon shoots 300 game at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCFrankieColon_small.jpgFrankie Colon (pictured) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, may have been the quietest member of his energetic and talented team at the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships this weekend, but his performance on the lanes spoke volumes. The 35-year-old right-hander rolled the 33rd perfect game of this year's event on the way to a 777 singles effort at Cashman Center on Sunday and now will be recognized in the squad room along with his teammates each year he returns to the USBC Open Championships. His 300 came between games of 255 and 222.

United States

07/04/09

96-year-old bowler makes first trip to USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCFredFinkeldei_small.jpgAt 96 years old, there probably isn't much that Fred Finkeldei of Kansas City, Mo., hasn't done, but this week, he got to try something new as he made his first trip to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Finkeldei has been an avid bowler for more than 30 years, still bowls in six leagues in the winter and two in the summer and averages in the 180s, but it took a special invitation to get him to test his skills on bowling's biggest stage.

United States

07/02/09

Team All-Events champions won't repeat at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCFoxBowl2_small.jpgMichael Nape of Yorkville, Ill., has enjoyed a successful career at the USBC Open Championships, and in 2008, he finally got the one thing that eluded him for 20 years- a title on the tournament lanes. The 40-year-old right-hander helped Fox Bowl 2 of Wheaton, Ill., to the Team All-Events crown last year in Albuquerque, N.M., and this week, the group took to the lanes at Cashman Center to put that title on the line.

United States

07/01/09

Friends share spotlight with perfect games at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCGregBollinger_small.jpg2009USBCOCPJMassey_small.jpgGreg Bollinger (l.) of Plainfield, Ill., and P.J. Massey (r.) of St. Joseph, Mo., have known each other for years, but they had no idea they were bowling on the same team squad at the 2009 USBC Open Championships. The two have only seen each other a few times since Bollinger moved back to Illinois, but they were reunited in the spotlight at Cashman Center on Monday night after they both rolled 300 games on the tournament lanes.

United States

06/29/09

Edwards/Padilla shatter Doubles record at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCStephenPadillaBrendaEdwards_small.jpgBrenda Edwards and Stephen Padilla of Mansfield, Texas, rolled the highest doubles total in United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history at Cashman Center on Sunday, and then Edwards capped off the memorable day with a 300 game in singles. Padilla paced the pair with a 790 series, while Edwards contributed 776 on the way to games of 542, 556 and 468. Their 1,566 total topped the previous record of 1,544 set by Jonathan Masur of West Orange, N.J., and Jeffrey Butler of Garfield, N.J., at the National Bowling Stadium in 2007. Mike Shady of Fairview, Pa., and Marc McDowell of Monona, Wis., previously held the Regular Doubles lead this year with 1,474.


United States

06/28/09

Ohio bowler rolls 28th perfect game of the 2009 USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCFrankTesta_small.jpgSix months ago, Frank Testa of Akron, Ohio, was in a slump like he has never experienced before, and thanks to some recent coaching, he was able to revive his game in time for the 2009 USBC Open Championships. Testa sought the help of USBC Open Championships titlist and current Regular Doubles leader Mike Shady of Fairview, Pa., and the extra effort paid off as Testa rolled the 28th perfect game of this year's event Friday at Cashman Center. The 27-year-old right-hander opened his team event with a 204 game, then rattled off 12 consecutive strikes for a 300 game and finished with 215 for a 719 series.

United States

06/25/09

Pennsylvania bowler reaches 50 years at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCFrankDunn_small.jpgIn 1959, Frank Dunn of Wayne, Pa., boarded a train headed for the USBC Open Championships in St. Louis, and the 17-hour trip turned into a lifelong journey. Dunn has been back to the USBC Open Championships every year but one since 1959, and this week, he made his 50th appearance on the tournament lanes. During his tournament career, he has participated in 33 different cities. This year, Dunn was unable to secure a spot on a team, but had no intentions of postponing his 50th trip down Center Aisle.

United States

06/21/09

Kentucky team joins fight against cancer at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCParalysisbyAnalysis_small.jpgWhen Dawn Smith of Mason, Ohio, found out she had breast cancer earlier this year, her husband's friends wanted to do something to help the family since they currently are without health insurance. After word spread around Princeton Bowl, where Dawn and Joe Smith bowl league, there were discussions about fundraising ideas. Longtime friend and teammate Don Daniels Jr. of Mason, Ohio, decided to form a team that could raise awareness while competing at the 2009 USBC Open Championships. 

United States

06/16/09

South Carolina bowler rolls 300 game at USBC Open Championships

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Feb. 21 - July 24, 2009)

2009USBCOCLeeVanderhoef_small.jpgWhen Lee Vanderhoef of Greenville, S.C., stepped onto the lanes at the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, he wanted to prove to himself that he could still compete with the best. On Sunday, he proved to himself and everyone else at Cashman Center that he could by rolling the 27th perfect game of this year's event on the way to a career-best all-events total. He started singles with games of 229 and 226 before tossing 12 consecutive strikes for a 300 game and 755 series for a 2,122 all-events total, which is 17th in Regular All-Events.

United States

06/15/09

On the Lanes with Carolyn Dorin-Ballard

By Matt Cannizzaro

200809PBAWSCarolynDorinBallard2_small.jpgIn the coming months, we'll talk with some of best-known bowlers at the USBC Open Championships and get their thoughts on their time at the tournament and what it takes to succeed on the championship lanes. This week, we heard from Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, who will be in Las Vegas to compete in this year's event. Dorin-Ballard, a USBC Hall of Famer who will be making her third Open Championships appearance, was a star in the Professional Women's Bowling Association and earned 20 titles and two PWBA Player of the Year honors before the organization closed its doors in 2003.

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