2012

United States

07/11/12

2012 USBC Open Championships concludes its 151-day run in Baton Rouge

More than 60,000 bowlers competed at Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La. from Feb. 11 through July 10

2012USBCOCMattMcNielCharlesVashaw_small.jpgMatt McNiel (l.) made history at the Baton Rouge River Center this year, and now that the 2012 USBC Open Championships has ended its 151-day run, he can add two more titles to his growing resume. McNiel rolled a tournament-best 847 series to become the first bowler in the event's 109-year history with three 800s. The effort catapulted him and Charles Vashaw (r.) of Deephaven, Minn., to the Regular Doubles title. McNiel also grabbed the Regular All-Events crown.

United States

07/04/12

Hall of Famer celebrates 60 years at USBC Open Championships

2012 tournament ends its 151-day run Tuesday, July 10

2012USBCOCLesZikes_small.jpg USBC Hall of Famer Les Zikes of Palatine, Ill., has a rich legacy at the USBC Open Championships, and he added to it July 2 when he became the 16th bowler in history to reach 60 years of tournament participation. The 77-year-old right-hander was joined at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., by his family and friends as he added another line to his extensive resume. Zikes received a plaque, chevron and gold money clip to commemorate the milestone (pictured).

United States

06/27/12

Wisconsin team now second at USBC Open Championships

Kentucky bowler makes run at top spot in Classified Singles

2012USBCOCBowlingfordumdums_small.jpgBowlingfordumdums of Oak Creek, Wis. (pictured), started with games of 1,096 and 1,169 and had the top spot in Regular Team in sight with one frame to go at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., on June 22. The group managed just three strikes in its final frame, however, and fell short, finishing with 1,111 and a 3,376 total, which is second overall. Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 of La Crosse, Wis., has held the lead since March 5 with 3,401.

United States

06/20/12

Louisiana bowler shoots first 300 since May 8

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Andre Trahan from nearby Houma, La., rolled the 18th perfect game of the 2012 USBC Open Championships on June 19. The 25-year-old right-hander started doubles with a 162 game, but he then connected on 12 consecutive shots to record the first 300 at the Baton Rouge River Center since May 8. He finished with a 199 game for a 661 series and added 631 in singles and 604 in team for a career-best all-events total of 1,896, more than 350 pins better than his previous high.

United States

06/13/12

Leaderboards change at 2012 USBC Open Championships

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Will Smith of Albany, Ore., made a run at the Regular Singles lead at the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships this week before settling into fourth place with a 782 total. Smith struck 30 times on the way to games of 268, 267 and 247 at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., on June 8, but two open frames left him short of Henry Teetz III (pictured) of West Allis, Wis., who has held the Regular Singles lead with 800 since April 1.

United States

06/06/12

2012 USBC Open Championships nearing finish

Tournament will conclude its 151-day run on July 10

2012USBCOCLogo_small.jpg This week, the 2012 USBC Open Championships will enter the final month of its near-record 151-day run at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La. Nearly 12,000 five-player teams will make their way to Baton Rouge until July 10. Through 116 days of competition this year, more than 8,600 teams have made the traditional march down Center Aisle. Competitors have bowled 382,384 games and knocked down a total of 62,986,690 pins (score).

United States

05/30/12

Defending Team All-Events champions compete at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCKKBowlingServices5_small.jpg Four members of K&K Bowling Services 5, the defending Team All-Events champion at the USBC Open Championships, were in Baton Rouge, La., this week to put their title on the line at the Baton Rouge River Center. Although they got off to a strong start, they came up short in their bid for another title, finishing with a 9,115 total May 29. S&B Pro Shop 1 of Clinton Township, Mich., leads Team All-Events this year with 9,954.

United States

05/23/12

Defending doubles champions make run at USBC Open Championships

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Defending Regular Doubles champions Brandon Tarabek of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Chad Reiffer (pictured, r-l) of Grand Rapids, Mich., made a run at a second title May 17, but finished with a 1,371 total, which is tied for 21st place this year in Baton Rouge, La. Tarabek had games of 198, 248 and 247 for a 693 set, while Reiffer added 222, 217 and 239 for 678. Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., and Charles Vashaw of Deephaven, Minn., lead with 1,489.

United States

05/16/12

Four bowlers reach 50 years at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCLogo_small.jpgLongevity was the theme at the 2012 USBC Open Championships this week as four bowlers took their places in history as members of the tournament's elite 50-Year Club. Wayne Vanwey of Springfield, Ohio, George Barnes of Buffalo, N.Y., and Bill Hohensee of Lexington, Ky., added their names to the list May 12, while David Stackhouse of Ashland, Ohio, made his milestone march down Center Aisle at the Baton Rouge River Center on May 13.

United States

05/09/12

Two bowlers reach 50 years at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCVernDenaultGordyBaer_small.jpgVern Denault of Bradley, Ill., and Gordy Baer of Tinley Park, Ill. (l-r), have bowled with or against each other since just after high school, and they now share a spot in the USBC Open Championships record books as the 150th and 151st bowlers to reach 50 years of tournament participation. The 74-year-old Denault has only missed two events since his USBC Open Championships debut in Detroit in 1961. Baer, 72, got his start at the Open Championships at the 1959 event in St. Louis.

USBC News

05/08/12

USBC Open Championships VIP Program sells out in inaugural year

2012USBCOCVIPProgram2_small.jpg In 2012, the USBC introduced a VIP program to help enhance the tournament experience at the USBC Open Championships, while the one-of-a-kind Showcase Lanes were created to add a new dimension to preparing for competition. Both additions to the tournament landscape have proven to be extremely popular as more than 250 bowlers signed up for the VIP program in its inaugural year, making it a sellout for 2012.

United States

05/02/12

Two bowlers reach 50 years at USBC Open Championships

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Gerald Cole Sr. (pictured left) of Taylor, Mich., and David Finlay (right) of Shawnee Mission, Kan., recently became the 148th and 149th bowlers in USBC Open Championships history to reach 50 years of tournament participation. Both began their Open Championships journeys at the 1960 event in Toledo, Ohio.

United States

04/25/12

Two bowlers shoot 11th and 12th perfect games at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCSteveHarms_small.jpgSteve Harms of West Valley City, Utah, and Matt Smith of Altoona, Iowa, rolled the 11th and 12th perfect games of the 2012 USBC Open Championships. Harms (pictured), a 46-year-old left-hander, tossed his 300 at the Baton Rouge River Center on April 19 to become the 23rd bowler in 109 years of competition with two perfect games on the tournament lanes. His first came at the 2011 event in Reno, Nev., and he is the fifth person to accomplish the feat in consecutive years.

United States

04/18/12

S&B Pro Shop 1 back on top at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCNickWissinger_small.jpgNick Wissinger (pictured) turned in a career-best performance to help S&B Pro Shop 1 of Clinton Township, Mich., into the top spot in Team All-Events with a 9,954 total at the USBC Open Championships on April 13. Wissinger, a 44-year-old right-hander, started his 2012 campaign with a 169 game but averaged more than 247 for his remaining eight games at the Baton Rouge River Center. He is the first bowler this year to roll three consecutive 700 series.

United States

04/11/12

Three-time titlist leads team into top spot in All Events at USBC Open Championships

Jones joins 50-Year Club; Hanson rolls the ninth 300 game

2012USBCOCLodgeLanesToo_small.jpgThree-time champion John Gaines led Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., into the top spot in Team All-Events with a 9,744 total at the 2012 USBC Open Championships on April 4. Five Horsemen of Racine, Wis., previously held the lead with 9,731. Gaines, a back-to-back Team All-Events winner in 1997 and 1998 as well as the 1998 Regular Singles champion, set the pace for Lodge Lanes Too with a 1,994 all-events total at the Baton Rouge River Center.

United States

04/04/12

Wisconsin bowler rolls first 800 series of 2012 USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCHenryTeetzIII_small.jpgHenry Teetz III (pictured left) of West Allis, Wis., calmly threw three of the best shots of his USBC Open Championships career to cap off the first 800 series of the 2012 event and claim the Regular Singles lead at the Baton Rouge River Center on April 1. The 40-year-old right-hander struck 21 times in his final 24 shots to grab the top spot with games of 232, 279 and 289 for 800 on the nose. Andrew Kleutgen of Wild Rose, Wis., previously held the lead with 785.

United States

03/22/12

Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. celebrates 65 years at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCBillLillard65_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. (pictured) of Houston added another milestone to his resume when he made his 65th consecutive USBC Open Championships appearance at the Baton Rouge River Center on March 19. The 84-year-old right-hander is the event's active pinfall leader with 120,015 and posted a 1,489 all-events total to inch closer to career pinfall leader and fellow Hall of Famer Joe Norris, who knocked over 123,770 pins n a record-tying 71 tournament appearances.

United States

03/14/12

Two bowlers celebrate 50 years at USBC Open Championships

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Joseph Egofske of Monee, Ill., and Don Larson of Fort Dodge, Iowa, (pictured l-r) didn't know each other before their team event at the USBC Open Championships on March 8, but they now share a spot in tournament history as each celebrated 50 years on the tournament lanes. Egofske was the first to make the ceremonial march down Center Aisle at the Baton Rouge River Center as he became the 144th bowler in 109 years of competition to reach the milestone. Larson wasn't far behind.

United States

03/07/12

Teamwork helps Wisconsin team into top spot at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCNicholasJsProShop2_small.jpgNicholas J's Pro Shop 2 and Nicholas J's Pro Shop of La Crosse, Wis., relied on years of bowling together in college and league to help them into the top two spots in Regular Team at the USBC Open Championships on March 5. Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 (pictured) rolled games of 1,115, 1,165 and 1,121 for a 3,401 total, while its companion team, made up entirely of first-time participants, had 953, 1,098 and 1,153 for 3,204.

United States

02/29/12

First-timer Michael Daniels takes Regular Singles lead at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCMichaelDaniels_small.jpg2012USBCOCJoelFee_small.jpgMichael Daniels (l.) of Slidell, La., enjoyed a memorable debut at the USBC Open Championships on Feb. 23 as he cruised into the Regular Singles lead at the Baton Rouge River Center.. The 47-year-old right-hander achieved 30 clean frames on the way to a 734 series Two days later, 31-year-old Joel Fee (r.) of Pella, Iowa, found his way into the top spot in Classified Singles with a 655 series.

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