USBC Open Championships

United States

05/29/08

Kansas bowlers take Classified team lead at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCCardinalLanes_small.jpg Although Gary Boxberger failed to mark on five consecutive ninth and 10th frame spare attempts at the USBC Open Championships on Tuesday, he came through with the biggest spare of his career right when his team needed it most. The 48-year-old right-hander stepped up for his final frame of team needing a mark and good count to propel Cardinal Lanes of Hoisington, Kan., into the top spot in Classified Team and delivered a spare and nine additional pins to help the team to a 2,804 total, five pins better than Lake Country Rollers of Clarissa, Minn., which previously held the lead with 2,799.

United States

05/29/08

Success continues for Kansas bowlers at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCJayFutrell_small.jpg As a product of the Wichita State University bowling program, Jay Futrell of Derby, Kan., has been coached by two of the nation's best coaches and shared the lanes with some of the best bowlers in the world. Many of those bowlers have etched their names into the record books at the USBC Open Championships, and now Futrell is in position to add his name to the list as the leader in Regular Team, Regular All-Events and Team All-Events at this year's tournament. After leading his team into the top spot in team on Monday, Futrell picked up right where he left off to become the first bowler this year to roll three 700 series.

United States

05/28/08

Consistency helps Kansas team into lead at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCTeamTilt_small.jpg Team Tilt of Lawrence, Kan., was a model of consistency at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Monday night and a nearly flawless spare-shooting performance helped the group into the Regular Team lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The team marked in all but five frames to become the first team since 2006 to break 1,100 three times and finished with games of 1,121, 1,124 and 1,129 for a 3,374 total. Rhino for President of Pleasant View, Utah, previously held the lead with 3,298.

United States

05/27/08

Louisiana bowler ties for singles lead at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCTimHoffpauir_small.jpg Tim Hoffpauir of New Iberia, La., has never bowled in more than one league in a season, and in recent years, other interests have limited his time on the lanes even further. But despite only recording a handful of league games each year, the 53-year-old right-hander turned in a top performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Monday and now is tied for the lead in Classified Singles. Hoffpauir marked in 27 of 30 frames on the way to games of 219, 233 and 224 for a 676 series, which moved him into a tie with Brian Washington of Hopewell, Va.

United States

05/25/08

Teammates find success at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCLarryAldridge_small.jpg 2008USBCOCJohnChilders_small.jpg John Childers Jr. and Larry Aldridge spend their free time teaching youth bowlers the importance of concentration and making good shots on the lanes, and their own advice helped them both to success at the USBC Open Championships on Saturday. Childers (l.) opened singles with the 17th perfect game of this year's event, while Aldridge (r.) strung together 11 consecutive strikes and finished close behind with 290. Aldridge then added another 8 strikes to start his second game, and the 19-bagger helped him to a 774 series and a tie for sixth place in Regular Singles.

United States

05/22/08

Wisconsin bowler tosses perfect game at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCToddFenske_small.jpg After watching his brother shoot 290 during team at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Tuesday night, Todd Fenske of Weston, Wis., decided to do him one better and rolled a perfect game at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Wednesday. Fenske's 300 was the 16th of this year's USBC Open Championships and catapulted the 32-year-old right-hander into seventh place in Regular All-Events with a 2,132 total. Bryan Young of Everett, Wash., leads with 2,165.

United States

05/21/08

Northwesterner takes lead in Regular Singles and All-Events at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCBryanYoung832_small.jpg Bryan Young of Everett, Wash., rolled the highest series of the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and took the lead in Regular Singles and Regular All-Events. The 34-year-old right-hander, struck on 20 of his first 22 shots in singles and posted games of 278, 286 and 268 for an 832 series. He added 677 in doubles and 656 in team for a 2,165 all-events total. Jason Price of Grand Island, Neb., previously held the Regular Singles lead with 817, while defending Regular All-Events champion, Mike Rose Jr., of Rochester, N.Y., who was in position to become the first bowler to win in back-to-back years, held the all-events lead with 2,161.

United States

05/20/08

Illinois bowler rolls perfect game at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCVictorParra_small.jpg When Victor Parra of Alsip, Ill., joined his team on the lanes at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Sunday night, some of his thoughts were still at home. In order to compete with his team this weekend at the Albuquerque Convention Center, Parra was forced to miss his son's 13th birthday. His fiance, also a bowler, was on his mind, too. Earlier in the year, she asked him to roll a 300 for her. The 45-year-old right-hander started out slow with 172 and improved to 183 before a small adjustment and a brief discussion with his teammates helped him to perfection.

United States

05/19/08

Illinois duo takes over second in Doubles at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCSkipWolfeTomCarter_small.jpg After helping their team into fourth place at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Friday, Skip Wolfe of Dixon, Ill., and Tom Carter of Rockford, Ill. (l-r), also found success in doubles at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday. The duo combined to shoot 1,462, which included the highest doubles game of the year (547), but still fell five pins short of John Socha of Oak Creek, Wis., and Dennis Rakauskas of Apopka, Fla., who lead Regular Doubles with 1,467.

United States

05/18/08

Illinois team back in top five at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCBowlersUniverse_small.jpg Two years ago, Bowlers Universe 1 of Rockford, Ill., finished second in Regular Team at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and the group made another run at the top spot Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. This time, the team posted games of 1,120, 1,023 and 1,106 on the way to a 3,249 total and fourth place overall. Rhino for President (David Haynes, Steve Kloempken, Ted Hannahs, Bill Hoffman, Rhino Page) of Pleasant View, Utah, leads with 3,298.

United States

05/16/08

Milwaukee team moves into third place at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCBluemoundBowl_small.jpg Bluemound Bowl of Milwaukee has had quite a year on the lanes, recently winning scratch and handicap team titles at the Wisconsin State Tournament, and the group followed up the wins with a solid performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Tuesday. Three members of the team have enjoyed success at the USBC Open Championships before, and that experience translated into games of 979, 1,105 and 1,184 for a 3,268 total and third place in Regular Team at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Rhino for President of Pleasant View, Utah, leads with 3,298.

United States

05/13/08

Two bowlers roll perfect games at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCStevenTribbett_small.jpg 2008USBCOCStevenWaters_small.jpg Two young bowlers, each competing in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships for just the second time, rolled perfect games at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Monday. The first 300 of the day came from Steven Waters (l.) of Northfield, Ohio, who finished his bowling season with 12 consecutive strikes and a 736 singles set. The second 300 belonged to Steven Tribbett (r.) of Vinton, Va., who sandwiched it between games of 208 and 185 for a 693 singles series.

United States

05/13/08

Four bowlers reach milestones at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCLesBerry_small.jpg Longevity and dedication were the themes at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships this weekend as four bowlers reached personal milestones on the tournament lanes. Active participation leader, Les Berry of Wooster, Ohio, made his 65th tournament appearance Sunday and is in pursuit of the late Bill Doehrman and late USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris, who each competed in 71 tournaments. The 92-year-old right-hander also inched his way closer to becoming the 11th member of the tournament's elite 100,000-pin club.

United States

05/11/08

Pennsylvania bowler celebrates 50 years at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCThePursels_small.jpg Each year's trip to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships is a celebration of bowling and family for Joseph Pursel Jr. of Hellertown, Pa., who is regularly joined on the tournament lanes by his son, Brian, and his father, Joseph Pursel Sr. Pursel, a 72-year-old right-hander, made his 50th consecutive trip down Center Aisle and he and his father became the third father and son pair in the elite 50-year club. Joseph Sr. made his 55th tournament appearance this year, while Pursel's son Brian participated in his 24th USBC Open Championships.

United States

05/10/08

Colorado team fourth in Team All-Events

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCBowlingfordumdums_small.jpg For the second consecutive year, Jerry Casebolt (r.) of Pritchett, Colo., laced up his shoes for doubles and singles competition knowing exactly what he needed to shoot to help his team into the top spot in Team All-Events at the USBC Open Championships. It is a pressure that most bowlers don't get to experience because teams typically bowl all of their events together, or at least within the same day or two. But Casebolt, who bowled team with Bowlingfordumdums.com last Saturday, was the odd man out and chose to bowl doubles and singles with some old friends from Colorado.

United States

05/08/08

Illinois couple takes Classified Doubles lead at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCBillCalhoonJacquelineSnyder_small.jpg Jacqueline Snyder and Bill Calhoon, a married couple from Cooksville, Ill., spend their days helping bowlers find success at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but the pair took a major step closer to their own tournament dreams when they moved into the lead in Classified Doubles on Wednesday. Despite the lack of the practice, Snyder and Calhoon were determined to do their best on the tournament lanes and teamed up to shoot 1,282 on Wednesday.

United States

05/06/08

Texas pair moves into second place at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCLarryTschoepeTedSmith_small.jpg Larry Tschoepe of San Antonio and Ted Smith of LaVernia, Texas (l-r), boast nearly 100 years of combined bowling experience, including 10 years together at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Armed with three bowling balls between them, the pair teamed up to shoot 1,188 at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Monday morning and moved into second place in Classified Doubles. Jim Kohlman of St. Paul, Minn., and Michael Roscoe of White Bear Lake, Minn., lead with 1,196.

United States

05/06/08

Defending champion in position to make history at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCMikeRose2_small.jpg With his Regular All-Events title on the line, Mike Rose Jr. of Rochester, N.Y., came through with the biggest frame of his bowling career and put himself in position to make history at the USBC Open Championships. Rose stepped onto the approach for his final frame needing a strike and nine-spare to secure the all-events lead and give himself a chance to become the first bowler in 105 years of USBC Open Championships competition to win back-to-back all-events titles. The 37-year-old right-hander got just what he needed, and his 2,161 total moved him past Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C., who previously held the lead with 2,160.

United States

05/05/08

Colorado team just misses lead at USBC Open Championships

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCBowlingfordumdums_small.jpg Fueled by the highest team game and the 11th 300 of the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, Bowlingfordumdums.com of Pritchett, Colo., moved into second place in Regular Team at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday night. The group started steadily with games of 1,045 and 1,003 before Craig Auerbach's perfect game helped them to a 1,236 effort, just 30 pins shy of the highest game in USBC Open Championships history. Bowlingfordumdums.com finished with a 3,284 total and settled into second place behind Rhino for President of Pleasant View, Utah, the only other team to break 1,200 this year, which leads with 3,298.

United States

05/02/08

2008 USBC Open Championships reaches halfway point

Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM, United States (Feb. 16 - July 7, 2008)

2008USBCOCLogo_small.jpg The 2008 USBC Championships officially reached its halfway point last weekend at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Since the event opened on Feb. 16, nearly 30,000 bowlers on more than 6,000 teams have made the march down the tournament's Center Aisle hoping to join the latest group of Open Championships titlists. So far, 10 bowlers have achieved perfection on the championship lanes. Competitors at this year's Open Championships have bowled more than 270,000 games and knocked down nearly 50 million pins for an overall average of 171.61.

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