USBC Open Championships

United States

04/29/08

Wisconsin team vaults into lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCTeamPabst_small.jpg With help from Troy Cox, who finished his trip to the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with a 300 game, Team Pabst of Madison, Wis., moved into the top spot in Team All-Events at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Monday. The group combined for a 9,977 total and moved past MoRich Enterprises of West Bend, Wis., which previously held the lead with 9,901. Cox became just the 18th bowler in Open Championships history with two 300s on the tournament lanes.

United States

04/27/08

Northwesterner rolls perfect game at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCDannyCombs_small.jpg Danny Combs of Orting, Wash., didn't start his 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships campaign off as well as he would have liked, but his determination to improve resulted in a career-best performance and the ninth perfect game of this year's event. The 49-year-old right-hander rolled a 471 series in team Thursday, his lowest set in 14 trips to the USBC Open Championships, but as his tournament averages would dictate, it would only get better from there. During his career, Combs has posted a 192.5 average in team, 194 in doubles and 202.1 in singles.

United States

04/26/08

Kentucky team won't repeat at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCBrowningPontiac_small.jpg To win a Team All-Events title at the USBC Open Championships, all five team members must conquer the tournament's challenging lane condition and be at their best for nine games across three pairs of lanes, which is a tough task in itself. Defending that title can be even harder. Since Team All-Events was added in 1947, only three teams have captured the crown in back-to-back years, and this week, Browning Pontiac of Eminence, Ky., came up just short in its bid to become the fourth. The team finished with a 9,662 total for 45 games and now is eighth overall.

United States

04/25/08

Practice and preparation help Illinois team into third place at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCArmstrongPrinting1_small.jpg After a couple of practice sessions and last-minute coaching tips, Armstrong Printing 1 of Naperville, Ill., used its newly-acquired knowledge to find success at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Wednesday. Earlier this month, three members of the team spent a day at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., and while in Albuquerque this week, the group took advantage of the team practice sessions available at nearby Holiday Bowl, where they received insight and suggestions from USBC Silver coach Mike Jasnau.

United States

04/23/08

On the lanes with Sam Lantto

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

20022006USBCOCLindsLakers_small.jpg In the coming months, we'll talk with some of best-known bowlers at the 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 Sam Lantto, who will be in Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in this year's event on April 22 and 23. Lantto, a three-time Team USA member, currently sits on the USBC Board of Directors. He owns two Open Championships titles and is second on the tournament's lifetime average list with 215.54 for 216 games.

United States

04/20/08

Utah team adds to success at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCRhinoforPresident_small.jpg Just a few hours after taking the lead in Regular Team at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Friday, the members of Rhino for President of Pleasant View, Utah, hit the lanes again with their sights set on the top spot in Team All-Events. With Rhino Page's 2,079 all-events total already posted, team captain and two-time USBC Open Championships titlist Steve Kloempken (second from the left) took the helm and put his tournament experience to the test, but the group's 9,801 total left it just short of MoRich Enterprises of West Bend, Wis., which leads with 9,901.

United States

04/20/08

Rhino Page helps team into lead, bids farewell to USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCRhinoforPresident_small.jpg Led by Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., who will bid an indefinite farewell to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, Rhino for President (L-R David Haynes, Steve Kloempken, Ted Hannahs, Bill Hoffman, Rhino Page) of Pleasant View, Utah, rolled the highest team game of the year and moved into the top spot in Regular Team on Friday. The group posted games of 996, 1,092 and 1,210 for a 3,298 total and passed Marcor Technologies of Gaylord, Mich., which previously held the lead with 3,235.

United States

04/18/08

Teammates remember bowling legend Joe Norris at USBC Open Championships

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

2000USBCOCJoeNorris_small.jpg Eight years ago, United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Joe Norris of San Diego marched into the Albuquerque Convention Center for his record-tying 71st USBC Open Championships appearance and returned home with an untouchable career pinfall record. Although Norris died at age 93, just before he was scheduled to bowl at the 2001 Open Championships in Reno, Nev., his memory and spirit live on inside the tournament venue, especially this year as the event makes its return to Albuquerque.

United States

04/16/08

On the lanes with John Burkett

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

2008USBCOCJohnBurkett_small In the coming months, we'll talk with some of best-known bowlers at the 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 former Major League Baseball pitcher John Burkett, who will be in Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in this year's event on April 15 and 16. Burkett started bowling in junior leagues as a youngster, and his first job as a teenager was setting pins in a duckpin bowling center.

United States

04/14/08

Michigan team takes lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCMarcorTechnologies_small.jpg While his teammates have combined for nearly 50 years of United States Bowling Congress Open Championships experience, Ben Goergen of Waite Park, Minn., made his first trip down Center Aisle and marched right into the Regular Team lead Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The 25-year-old rookie tossed games of 191, 235 and 258 for a 684 series and helped Marcor Technologies of Gaylord, Mich., to team games of 977, 1,154 and 1,104 for a 3,235 total. K & K Bowling Services 1 of Henderson, Nev., previously held the lead with 3,208.

United States

04/12/08

California bowler just shy of top spot in Regular All-Events

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

2008USBCOCWarrenCrawford_small.jpg Bowling in just his second USBC Open Championships outside of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Warren Crawford of McKinleyville, Calif., found himself in a position that bowlers often dream about as he stepped up for his final frame of competition Thursday night three strikes away from perfection and just a few pins away from the all-events lead. Using a unique two-handed delivery that is growing in popularity, the 29-year-old opened his final game of singles with nine consecutive strikes, but left the 4-7 on his 10th shot to end his bid for a 300 game. After converting the spare, an eight count on his fill ball left him one pin shy of the top spot in Regular All-Events.

United States

04/11/08

South Carolina bowler shoots 300, takes All-Events lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCRandyWeiss_small.jpg There's something about New Mexico that brings out the best in Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C., who rolled a 300 game on the way to the Regular All-Events lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Wednesday. The 34-year-old right-hander picked up right where he left off when the USBC Open Championships made its first trip to the Albuquerque Convention Center in 2000, and posted 747 in singles, 714 in doubles and 699 in team for a 2,160 all-events total. Edward Gallagher of Clarksville, Tenn., previously held the lead with 2,141.

United States

04/09/08

Wisconsin bowler continues success at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCMoRichEnterprises_small.jpg John Socha of Oak Creek, Wis., already owns two titles at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and is the only person in tournament history with multiple 800 series on the tournament lanes. Now he's in position to add another pair of wins to his resume. The 36-year-old right-hander teamed up with Dennis Rakauskas of Apopka, Fla., to take the Regular Doubles lead with 1,467 on Monday night, and the pair helped MoRich Enterprises of West Bend, Wis., into the top spot in Team All-Events with 9,901.

United States

04/08/08

Wisconsin bowler rolls perfect game at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCMichaelHoffman_small.jpg Michael Hoffman of Verona, Wis., added his name to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships record books with the seventh perfect game of this year's event at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Sunday. It was just the second 300 in the team event this year, and the 30-year-old left-hander sandwiched it between games of 250 and 192 for a 742 series, which helped Fox Run Lanes of Waukesha, Wis., to a 2,959 team total.

United States

04/06/08

Classified champion shares secrets to success at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCLennyBoogaard_small.jpg Although he was unsuccessful in his bid to become the first bowler in USBC Open Championships history to win back-to-back singles titles, Lenny Boogaard of Osakis, Minn., shared his secrets to success with his teammates and cracked the top 10 in team and doubles this weekend at the Albuquerque Convention Center. On Friday, Boogaard helped Red Carpet of Sauk Centre, Minn., to a 2,744 total and eighth place in Classified Team and returned Saturday to team up with Larry Sorenson of West Union, Minn., for a 1,184 doubles effort that moved them into a tie for second place in Classified Doubles.

United States

04/05/08

Strong finish helps Wisconsin team into third place at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCJanzsHI_small.jpg A little extra practice prior to traveling to the USBC Open Championships helped Janz's H.I. of Beaver Dam, Wis., to the second highest team game of the year and third place in Regular Team on Thursday. The group posted games of 1,048, 954 and 1,172 for a 3,174 team total at the Albuquerque Convention Center. K & K Bowling Services 1 of Henderson, Nev., leads with 3,208, while Sign Producers 1 of Winter Garden, Fla., currently in fifth place, owns the tournament-high game of 1,177.

United States

04/04/08

On the lanes with Jeff Richgels

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

2008USBCOCJeffRichgels_small.jpg In the coming months, we'll talk with some of best-known bowlers at the 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 four-time titlist Jeff Richgels, who will be in Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in this year's event on April 4 and 5. On the way to the Regular All-Events title in 1997, Richgels became the only bowler in tournament history to finish a tournament with 90 clean frames.

United States

04/01/08

Minnesota pair takes Classified Doubles lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCKohlmanRoscoe_small.jpg Jim Kohlman of St. Paul, Minn., and Michael Roscoe of White Bear Lake, Minn. (l-r), have been doubles partners at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships for more than a decade, and during that time, they haven't seen their names on the leaderboard and never expected that to change this year. This time proved to be different as Kohlman and Roscoe combined to shoot 1,196 on the way to the top spot in Classified Doubles on Sunday. Sue Kendall of Converse, Ind., and Jeffrey Kistler of Marion, Ind., previously held the lead with 1,184.

United States

03/30/08

Michigan team ties for Team All-Events lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCSBProShop2_small.jpg Members of S & B Pro Shop 2 of Sterling Heights, Mich., found their way back into familiar territory when they moved into a tie for the Team All-Events lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Friday night. The group is comprised of individuals from the 1999 Team All-Events champion and 2004 Regular Team winner and posted a 9,736 total for 45 games at the Albuquerque Convention Center, which was good enough to move them into a tie for the top spot with Pam's Boys 1 of Salem, Ore.

United States

03/30/08

On the lanes with John Janawicz

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

2008USBCOCJohnJanawicz_small.jpg In the coming months, we'll talk with some of best-known bowlers at the 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 two-time titlist John Janawicz, who will be in Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in this year's event on April 2 and 3. In 2004, Janawicz rolled games of 300, 279 and 279 on the way to an 858 series, the highest set in tournament history.

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