USBC Open Championships

United States

03/29/08

Texas bowler reaches 50 years at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCJamieBrooks_small.jpg When he was just 21 years old, Jamie Brooks of Wylie, Texas, started his career as a bowling proprietor and dedicated his life to the sport, both on the lanes and behind the scenes. This week, he was honored for his dedication as a competitor at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. With his wife, Peggy, friends and fellow bowlers by his side, Brooks joined an elite group of bowlers as he made his 50th appearance at the USBC Open Championships on Thursday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Brooks became the 94th bowler in tournament history to reach the milestone.

United States

03/28/08

Montana bowler takes Classified Singles lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCTimWagner_small.jpg Tim A. Wagner of Hardin, Mont., started bowling nearly 40 years ago as a first-grader looking for after-school fun with his friends, and his lifelong dedication to the sport paid off as he moved into the Classified Singles lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Wednesday night. The 47-year-old right-hander struck on five of his final six shots and then converted the 2 pin to finish with a 669 series and slip past Jeffrey Kistler of Marion, Ind., who held the top spot for exactly one month with 668.

United States

03/25/08

Classified champions make Regular Division debut at USBC Open Championships

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

USBCOCRobertsRepair2_small.jpg Last year, Roberts Repair of Pontiac, Ill., topped nearly 4,000 teams on the way to the Classified Team title at the USBC Open Championships, and this weekend, the five team members were introduced as tournament champions for the first time. After being recognized in the squad room, they marched out to see the orange eagles next to their names on the scoreboard, which represented their achievement, and then prepared to make their Regular Division debut.

United States

03/22/08

Michigan woman achieves perfection at USBC Open Championships

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

USBCOCMelissaLynnSmith_small.jpg Participating in the USBC Open Championships for just the second time, Melissa Lynn Smith of Wyoming, Mich., added her name to the tournament record books with a 300 game at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Thursday night. The 23-year-old left-hander tossed 12 consecutive strikes in her final game of team and became the fourth woman in history to achieve perfection on the tournament lanes. Kristine Kropf of Antioch, Calif., was the first in 2001, followed by Janette Piesczynski of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., in 2006.

United States

03/22/08

Well-traveled team takes lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCKKService1_small.jpg Bringing bowlers together from Alaska, Arizona and Nevada provided a winning combination for K & K Bowling Services 1 of Henderson, Nev., which moved into the Regular Team lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Wednesday. The group of experienced bowlers rolled games of 1,113, 1,056, and 1,039 for a 3,208 total at the Albuquerque Convention Center and slipped past Cambridge 1 of Feeding Hills, Mass., which previously held the lead with a 3,201.

United States

03/21/08

The Price is right for Nebraska bowler at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCJasonPrice2_small.jpg Just one day after last year's Regular Singles champion was unable to defend his title at the USBC Open Championships, Jason Price of Grand Island, Neb., put in his bid for this year's crown with an 817 series at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Tuesday. The 30-year-old right-hander rebounded from a 545 doubles effort and opened singles with nine consecutive strikes. He struck 31 times on the way to games of 278, 259 and 280 for the first 800 series of the year and moved past Wilbert Moorer of Dover, Del., who previously held the Regular Singles lead with 784.

United States

03/19/08

Regular singles champion will not repeat at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCChipAki2_small.jpg Frederick "Chip' Aki of Nicholasville, Ky., hoped to make history by becoming the first bowler in 105 years of competition to defend a Regular Singles title at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but fell short Monday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The 46-year-old right-hander, who rolled an 814 series and topped more than 82,000 bowlers to claim the singles crown last year at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., struggled in his title defense and posted games of 192, 192 and 174 for a 558 series Monday. Wilbert Moorer of Dover, Del., leads Regular Singles this year with 784.

United States

03/18/08

California bowler fires fifth 300 at 2008 USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCRickyMeneley_small.jpg With a little luck of the Irish from his doubles partner, Ricky Meneley of Santa Maria, Calif., nearly rolled two 300 games at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Monday. Meneley, who usually bowls in the tournament around St. Patrick's Day, started his second game of doubles with eight consecutive strikes before a solid 8 pin ended his run. He finished the game with 269 and rebounded with 12 straight strikes for the fifth perfect game of the year and a 773 series at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

United States

03/18/08

Hall of Famer Jimmy Schroeder reaches 60 years at USBC Open Championships

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

2008OCJimmySchroeder_small.jpg When United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Jimmy Schroeder of Tonawanda, N.Y., competed in his first USBC Open Championships, Harry S. Truman was president, cable television made its own debut, the New York Yankees won the first of five consecutive championships and a first-class postage stamp was only 3 cents. Just 19 years old, Schroeder made the trip to Atlantic City, N.J., for the 1949 Open Championships and bowled as a substitute for an injured bowler, but had no idea if it was something he'd get to experience again.

United States

03/16/08

Defending champions ready to roll at 2008 USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCLChipAki_small.jpg For 26 years, Chip Aki of Nicholasville, Ky., has sat in the squad room at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and listened intently as other bowlers are recognized for their achievements on the championship lanes. This year, however, Aki will be listening for his own name to be called as he is introduced as a tournament champion for the first time. The 46-year-old pro shop manager rolled an 814 series en route to the Regular Singles title last year at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and will be the first defending champion to take to the lanes in 2008, bowling doubles and singles Monday at 5:30 p.m.

United States

03/15/08

Minnesota pair bursts into lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCKoehlerBlood_small.jpg Doug Blood (r.) finished his team event with a 118 game Thursday night at the USBC Open Championships, and the disappointment that resulted from his performance was the perfect motivation heading into doubles and singles. The 53-year-old right-hander returned to the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday morning feeling like a new bowler, and the change was reflected on the scoreboard as he teamed up with Todd Koehler (l.) to take the Regular Doubles lead with a 1,444 total.

United States

03/12/08

Two bowlers achieve perfection at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCWilliamUthoff_small.jpg 2008USBCOCJuliusAwes_small.jpg Although it took nearly 23 days to see the first perfect game of the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, it took less than 36 hours to see the second and third 300s. Julius Awes of Minneapolis (l.) finished his doubles event Monday with 15 consecutive strikes and became the second bowler to achieve perfection at the Albuquerque Convention Center this year. Later on Monday night, William Uthoff Jr. of O'Fallon, Mo. (r.), rolled perfecto No. 3 when he ended his own doubles set with a 300 game. 

United States

03/11/08

Massachusetts team on top at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCCambridge1_small.jpg Each year at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, many teams do well enough to take the lead and leave on top of the leaderboard, but are surpassed in the following days or weeks as other teams compete. Cambridge 1 of Feeding Hills, Mass., has left on top before, but hopes that this year the outcome will be different after they leave the Albuquerque Convention Center in the top spot in Regular Team with 3,201. Lodge Lanes 1 of Saline, Mich., previously held the lead with a 3,172.

United States

03/10/08

Kansas bowler rolls first perfect game of 2008 USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCDallasHerreman_small.jpg After more than 22 days of competition at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, Dallas Herreman of Hays, Kan., became the first bowler to roll a perfect game on the tournament lanes at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The 29-year-old right-hander tossed 12 consecutive strikes in his second game of doubles Sunday morning. So far, nearly 8,000 bowlers have made the trip to Albuquerque and two, Michael Wingert of Valdosta, Ga., and Brent Watson of Parkersburg, W.V., also made bids for the first 300 of the year, but both fell short and finished with 298 games.

United States

03/10/08

Minnesota team rolls into lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCLakeCountryRollers1_small.jpg Last year, Lake Country Rollers 1 of Clarissa, Minn., finished ninth in Classified Team at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. With that experience, and another chance to bowl together, the group hoped to improve on that performance this year at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The team made a big move toward its goal with games of 861, 913 and 1,025 and moved into the Classified Team lead with a 2,799 team total Friday.

United States

03/07/08

Former World Series champion looks for success at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCSteveKraly_small.jpg More than five decades ago, Steve Kraly of Johnson City, N.Y., helped Major League Baseball's New York Yankees to a record fifth-consecutive World Series title. Now 55 years later, the 78-year-old left-hander traveled to the Albuquerque Convention Center in search of a prestigious title of a different kind at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. This week, Kraly made his 19th appearance at the USBC Open Championships, an event that began in 1901 and pre-dates the modern World Series by two years.

United States

03/06/08

Delaware bowler grabs singles lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCWilbertMoorer_small.jpg Wilbert Moorer of Dover, Del., is a man of strong beliefs, crediting both his belief in himself and the talent he's developed during his 34-year bowling career for his success at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Wednesday. In four previous trips to the USBC Open Championships, Moorer had never seen his name on the tournament leaderboard, but after games of 259, 246 and 279, the 58-year-old right-hander now sits atop Regular Singles with 784. Greg Benefield of Lees Summit, Mo., previously held the lead with 763.

United States

03/03/08

Tennessee bowler shines at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCEdGallagher_small.jpg As the brand manager for Ebonite, Edward Gallagher of Clarksville, Tenn., spends a lot of time behind the scenes enjoying the successes of his many professional and amateur staff members, but he had his own turn in the spotlight at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships this weekend. After a tournament-high 771 series in team Saturday night, the 40-year-old right-hander returned to the Albuquerque Convention Center and added 701 in singles and 669 in doubles Sunday to catapult himself into the Regular All-Events lead with 2,141.

United States

02/29/08

Indiana tandem tops leaderboard at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCKendallKistler_small.jpg As officers in their local United States Bowling Congress association, Sue Kendall of Converse, Ind., and Jeffrey Kistler of Marion, Ind., spend a lot of time behind the scenes at their annual local and state tournaments, but this week the pair took a break to compete at the USBC Open Championships. Just a few days removed from their 2008 city tournament and hall of fame inductions, Kendall and Kistler made the most of their time off by moving into the lead in Classified Doubles with a 1,184 total at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Thursday.

United States

02/27/08

Michigan team back on top at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCLodgeLanes1_small.jpg Each year at the USBC Open Championships, more than 60,000 bowlers take to the lanes hoping to etch their names onto the elite list of tournament champions. For many, winning one title is the realization of a lifelong dream, while a return to USBC Open Championships glory can be even more elusive. Both John Gaines and Mitch Jabczenski have hoisted the coveted eagle trophy and now they are looking to share that experience with their Lodge Lanes 1 teammates after the group took the lead in Regular Team with a 3,172 effort Monday.

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