USBC Open Championships

United States

06/05/09

Michigan bowler shoots record series at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCBoGoergen_small.jpgPerseverance paid off for Bo Goergen of Midland, Mich., as he rolled the highest three-game series in the history of the USBC Open Championships on Thursday. The 48-year-old right-hander struck 32 times on the way to games of 299, 299 and 264 for an 862 series. He topped the previous mark of 858, rolled by John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., on the way to the 2004 Regular Singles and Regular All-Events titles. Goergen's record-setting performance also moved him into the top spot in Regular Singles at the 2009 USBC Open Championships.

United States

06/04/09

Brett Wolfe hammers way into top five at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCBrettWolfe_small.jpgAfter Brett Wolfe of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the 2002 United States Bowling Congress Masters, much of the talk surrounding his accomplishment was about the decade-old bowling ball he used on the way to the coveted title. Although that particular Blue Hammer is now retired, Wolfe has a second one that he still uses regularly, and it was the only ball needed on the way to fifth place in Regular All-Events at the USBC Open Championships on Wednesday.

United States

06/03/09

Indiana bowler tosses perfect game at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCRobLucas_small.jpgDuring the past year, Rob Lucas of West Lafayette, Ind., has contemplated quitting bowling for good, but luckily for him, he stuck with it and made it to the USBC Open Championships, where he rolled the 24th perfect game of this year's event. The 45-year-old right-hander started singles with a 239 game, which included strikes on his final four shots. The pins continued to fall in the second game and he finished off the perfect game and added 237 for a 776 series, which is good for 10th place in Regular Singles. Ron Vokes of Racine, Wis., leads with 857.

United States

06/01/09

Classified champion aims for success in regular division at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCJackWilson_small.jpgLast year, Jack Wilson (pictured) of Centreville, Md., claimed the Classified Singles title on the final squad of the 2008 USBC Open Championships. Even after a year full of joy and reflection, the 43-year-old right-hander didn't realize how big of an accomplishment it was until he stepped into Cashman Center for this year's USBC Open Championships. On Saturday night, Wilson took to the lanes looking for similar success, but this time, it was in the Regular Division since his improvement on the lanes made his entering average too high for the Classified Division (180 and below).

United States

05/30/09

Defending champions won't repeat at USBC Open Championships

Maryland women take classified doubles lead

2009USBCOCJayFutrell_small.jpgThree-time United States Bowling Congress Open Championships titlist John Socha of Oak Creek, Wis., and two-time winner Jay Futrell (pictured left) of Derby, Kan., headlined the first group of defending champions in town to put their titles on the line at Cashman Center this year. While neither will leave Las Vegas in position to win for the second consecutive time, they both have a greater appreciation for what they accomplished last year in Albuquerque, N.M., and they were reminded just how difficult it is to find success on bowling's biggest stage.

United States

05/29/09

Team champions reunite at USBC Open Championships after 35 years

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

2009USBCOCOlympiaBeer_small.gifIn 1974, Olympia Beer of Omaha, Neb., bounced back from a rough start at the USBC Open Championships and fired two big games on the way to the Regular Team title. After claiming the prestigious championship, the team members parted ways and never defended their crown. On Tuesday evening, the five Olympia Beer bowlers, Gary Wilson, Jim Rood, Bob Lane, Boyd Hayden and Tom Kelley Sr., reunited on the lanes at Cashman Center to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their title.


United States

05/27/09

Defending champions ready to roll at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCJohnSochaDennisRakauskas2_small.jpgThis week, Dennis Rakauskas (right) of Apopka, Fla., will make his first appearance at the USBC Open Championships as a tournament champion. For a brief moment Wednesday night, all eyes will be on Rakauskas and John Socha (left) of Oak Creek, Wis., as they celebrate their 2008 Regular Doubles title with an escorted march down Center Aisle before their team event. The Regular Team and Regular All-Events titles also will be on the line this week at Cashman Center.


United States

05/26/09

California bowler capitalizes on second chance at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCMichaelBurns_small.jpgDuring his USBC Open Championships debut in 1998, Michael Burns (pictured) of El Cajon, Calif., started a game with eight consecutive strikes before a 10 pin ended his run at perfection. Another bowler on the same squad rolled one of 17 perfect games that year at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Burns never forgot that experience and even talked about it recently with his teammates. On Monday, Burns got a second chance at perfection on bowling's biggest stage and finished it off for the 23rd 300 game of the 2009 USBC Open Championships.

United States

05/23/09

Ohio bowler rolls perfect game at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCJeffHart_small.jpgJeff Hart (pictured) of Columbus, Ohio, had his father by his side when he made his United States Bowling Congress Open Championships debut 18 years ago, and the two were together on the lanes again Thursday when Hart rolled the 22nd perfect game of this year's event. The USBC Open Championships has become an annual destination for Hart and his father, Thomas Hart of Morgantown, W.Va. They spend a week each year bowling, golfing and catching up since they live three hours apart. The two paired up for doubles at Cashman Center on Thursday, and Thomas was there with words of encouragement as his son closed out the event with 12 consecutive strikes.

United States

05/23/09

Bermuda bowler takes lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCVernonDaniels_small.jpgVernon Daniels (pictured) of Bermuda wasn't overly satisfied with his performance at the 2009 USBC Congress Open Championships. Despite his disappointment after sub-500 efforts in team and doubles, Daniels had actually taken the lead in Classified Singles with games of 236, 224 and 232 for a 692 series. Ed Gronski of Mulkeytown, Ill., previously held the lead with 687. Daniels started with a 484 series in team and added 474 in doubles Thursday morning at Cashman Center. After doubles, he realized that what he was doing wasn't working, so he moved to where he felt comfortable, and everything fell into place.

United States

05/22/09

Wisconsin bowler makes 50th appearance at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCClydeBuggs_small.jpgWith butterflies in his stomach, Clyde Buggs of Janesville, Wis., made his 50th tournament appearance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Monday. The 77-year-old right-hander was excited to celebrate the milestone in one of his favorite cities, but he did not expect all of the attention he received as the man of the hour at Cashman Center. Reaching 50 years at the Open Championships immediately became Buggs' favorite tournament experience and has him excited about attending many more.

United States

05/20/09

Two bowlers reach milestones at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCLesBerry_small.jpg2009USBCOCBudStoudt_small.jpgLes Berry of Wooster, Ohio, and Bud Stoudt of Lebanon, Pa., each reached personal milestones at the USBC Open Championships this weekend. Berry (l.), the tournament's active participation leader, made his 66th tournament appearance and became the newest member of the elite 100,000-Pin Club, while Stoudt (r.) competed in the event for the 50th time. Late USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris of San Diego tops the all-time pinfall list with 123,770, which he accumulated in a record-tying 71 tournament appearances.

United States

05/18/09

Illinois bowler takes Classified Singles lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCEdGronski_small.jpgEd Gronski (pictured) of Mulkeytown, Ill., waited for the perfect time to put together his best series in nearly 20 years at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The 66-year-old right-hander posted games of 197, 245 and 245 for a 687 series and moved into the top spot in Classified Singles at Cashman Center on Sunday. It was the second-highest series of his USBC Open Championships career and moved him past Dennis Tomhave of Vermillion, S.D., and Tom Hammack of Jenks, Okla., who previously led with 679.

United States

05/14/09

Local team takes lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCKnKBowlingServices11_small.jpgFor the first time in almost 11 weeks, there is a new leader in Classified Team at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. K&K Bowling Services 11 of Las Vegas put together games of 877, 952 and 984 for a 2,813 total at Cashman Center on Tuesday and moved past Malad Gun Club of Malad City, Idaho, which previously held the lead with 2,745. Now that the hard part is over, K&K Bowling Services 11 will have to sit back and wait until the tournament concludes its record 154-day run on July 24.

United States

05/12/09

Three bowlers roll honor scores at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCJoeCiach_small.jpgWith summer right around the corner, the mercury is on the rise in Las Vegas, but the temperature isn't the only thing that's been red hot in the Entertainment Capital of the World this week. Bowlers have been blistering the pins at the USBC Open Championships, and three competitors accounted for four honor scores at Cashman Center in a 20-hour period beginning Sunday afternoon. The first was Joe Ciach (pictured left) of Mississauga, Ontario, a seven-time member of Team Canada who rolled the 20th perfect game of this year's championships during the afternoon team event Sunday.

United States

05/10/09

2009 USBC Open Championships reaches halfway point at Cashman Center

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

The 2009 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships reached its halfway point Friday. The first 77 days of the event featured a fair share of excitement and record-breaking performances that will be hard to top before the tournament concludes on July 24. The tournament began its record 154-day run on Feb. 21 as the first of more than 86,000 bowlers took to the lanes at Cashman Center. With 17,200 teams scheduled to compete, it is the lsecond-largest in history.

United States

05/09/09

Derek Sapp bids farewell to USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCDerekSapp_small.jpgDerek Sapp of Keokuk, Iowa, has enjoyed a successful career at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but his time on the tournament lanes came to a bittersweet end at Cashman Center on Friday. Because he will be an exempt player on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour next season, Sapp will not be eligible to compete at the USBC Open Championships. Once his Tour career is over, he will be able to return. Sapp has found regular success at the Open Championships and entered the year as the tournament's 10-year average leader with 224.47.

United States

05/08/09

Canadian bowler gets his name in lights at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCFrankBoehm_small.jpgFrank Boehm Jr. proved that his two-day car ride from Canada to the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships was more than worth it as he moved into second place in Classified All-Events on Thursday. Boehm, who hails from the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, started off strong with a 650 series in team Wednesday afternoon at Cashman Center and added 607 in singles and 561 in doubles for a 1,818 all-events total. Anthony Kastle of Charlotte, N.C., leads Classified All-Events with 1,834.


United States

05/03/09

Indiana bowler becomes 105th member of 50-year club at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCRaymondSmoot2_small.jpgEarlier this week, Raymond Smoot of Greenwood, Ind., was packing his suitcase, and the only thing on his mind was his upcoming trip to the USBC Open Championships. All of that changed when his wife, Maxine, fell and injured herself Wednesday, and bowling quickly became less of a priority. Smoot wanted to cancel his trip and stay home to take care of her, but she insisted that he not miss his day in the tournament spotlight. Smoot made the journey to Las Vegas as requested, and on Friday, he became the 105th bowler in history to make 50 appearances at the USBC Open Championships.

United States

05/02/09

North Dakota bowler returns to Cashman Center, rolls 300 game at USBC Open Championships

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

2009USBCOCLonnieThielbar_small.jpgLonnie Thielbar of Fargo, N.D., made his first United States Bowling Congress Open Championships appearance at the 1986 event in Las Vegas when he was just 19 years old. Thielbar's debut was the lowest scoring of his 21 trips to the event, but he made up for it when he returned to Cashman Center 23 years later and rolled the 19th perfect game of the 2009 USBC Open Championships. The 42-year-old right-hander started slowly, but everything came together in his final game.

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