USBC Open Championships

United States

02/26/08

Persistence pays off for Arizona bowler at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCBrownHamman_small.jpg Before this year, Terry Hamman (right) of Sun City, Ariz., had bowled in 35 consecutive United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and never rolled a 700 series. The streak ended at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Monday as the 65-year-old right-hander tossed 28 strikes on the way to games of 236, 257 and 267 for a 760 series and teamed up with Lawrence Brown (left) of Avon, Ohio, to take the lead in Regular Doubles with a 1,349 total.

United States

02/25/08

Missouri team ties for lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCBiggDoggs2_small.jpg Every pin counts when competing at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and a single pin would have put Bigg Doggs 2 of Greenwood, Mo., into sole possession of the Regular Team lead Saturday night at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Comprised entirely of left-handed bowlers, Bigg Doggs 2 had a shot at the lead going into its final frame, but came up short and finished with 3,089, tying the group with TPA 2- RIP Holzie of Madison, Wis., for the top spot.

United States

02/24/08

Heavy-hearted Wisconsin team takes lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCTPA2RIPHolzie_small.jpg There are many reasons bowlers compete in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships year after year, and for TPA 2-RIP Holzie of Madison, Wis., this year's trip to the tournament has been bittersweet. Don "Holzie" Holznagel, a 76-year-old avid bowler and father of team members Scott and Todd Holznagel, died after a heart attack last week. At the Albuquerque Convention Center on Friday night, TPA 2-RIP Holzie honored Don's memory by turning in the highest team game of this year's event and reaching the top spot in Regular Team with a 3,089 total.

United States

02/23/08

California bowler celebrates milestone with career-best performance at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCBruceHarner_small.jpg In 1980, Bruce Harner of Azusa, Calif., began a journey that has taken him to 17 cities in 14 states, and this week he celebrated his 25th United States Bowling Congress Open Championships appearance by traveling to the top of the leaderboard in Regular All-Events. The 50-year-old left-hander uses the annual tournament as a chance to see places he wouldn't necessarily travel to on vacation, and part of the thrill is being able to share each experience with his wife and teammates. Each location has provided unique sightseeing and cultural opportunities, and bowling well has been a welcomed bonus.

United States

02/22/08

Georgia bowler just misses first perfect game of 2008 USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCMichaelWingert_small.jpg Michael Wingert of Valdosta, Ga., came to the 2008 USBC Open Championships hoping to improve on his performance from last year and nearly rolled the first perfect game of this year's event in the process. After posting a 159 in his opening game of team Wednesday, the 26-year-old right-hander dialed in and started the second game with 11 consecutive strikes before a 3-10 split left him just shy of perfection with 298. He finished with 234 for a 691 series and helped Valdosta 1 of Fitzgerald, Ga., to a 2,842 team total.

United States

02/20/08

New Hampshire team raises bar at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCBowlersAnnex_small.jpg Despite having never bowled together, Bowlers Annex of Nashua, N.H., quickly found its stride and made its way to the top of the leaderboard in Regular Team at the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Monday. On the way to the top spot, the group posted games of 986, 1,019, and 1,059 and became the first team to break the 3,000 mark this year at the Albuquerque Convention Center before settling into the lead with a 3,064 total.

United States

02/18/08

Two-hander takes early lead in Singles at USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCStevenVance_small.jpg Steven Vance of Duluth, Ga., will be the first to admit that his performance in the team event at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships each year isn't always as good as he would like, but it does give him three games to figure out the lanes and how they transition. During his 11-year USBC Open Championships career, Vance has averaged nearly 20 pins higher in singles than team, and this year was no different as he closed out singles with nine consecutive strikes for a 279 game and 729 series to take the early lead in Regular Singles on Sunday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

United States

02/17/08

USBC Open Championships returns to Albuquerque for second time

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

2008USBCOCJoeBowler_small.jpg After eight years, the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships is back at the Albuquerque Convention Center and kicked off Saturday as the first of 12,615 teams marched into the state-of-the-art tournament venue. USBC Hall of Famers Bill Lillard and Jim Schroeder, dignitaries, sponsors, the Mariachi Tenampa band, the Laguna Pueblo Corn Dancers and 470 bowlers turned out for the opening-day festivities, which also included the traditional Mass Ball Shot, ribbon cutting and the crowning of "Joe Bowler."

United States

02/16/08

Bowlfest ultimate kickoff for USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCLogo.jpg With the transformation of the Albuquerque Convention Center complete and the start of the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships just hours away, bowling fans were treated to a pre-tournament celebration Friday night as Bowlfest helped usher in the 143-day event. From Feb. 16 until July 7, more than 63,000 bowlers will make their way to Albuquerque with their sights set on USBC Open Championships glory.

United States

01/26/08

Final entry numbers in for 2008 USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCLogo_small.jpgIn less than a month, the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships will begin its 143-day run as the Albuquerque Convention Center opens its doors to welcome the first of 12,615 teams. A late rush of entries heading into the Jan. 18 deadline helped this year's event earn its place in history as the second largest USBC Open Championships held outside of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Only the 2005 event in Baton Rouge, La., attracted more teams with 13,222.

United States

12/21/07

Albuquerque welcomes 2008 USBC Open Championships

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

2008USBCOCLogo.jpg Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau President/CEO Dale Lockett and Albuquerque Convention Center General Manager Tom Morton officially welcomed USBC and the 2008 USBC Open Championships at a kickoff press conference Thursday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Between Feb. 16 and July 7, 2008, more than 60,000 bowlers will compete at the USBC Open Championships with their sights set on one of the eagle trophies given to tournament champions.

United States

12/15/07

Entry deadline extended for 2008 USBC Open Championships

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

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In just two months, the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships will kick off in Albuquerque, N.M., and because entries are still coming in at a steady pace, the entry deadline has been extended until Jan. 18, 2008. As of Friday's original deadline, the team count was at 12,208, well ahead of the 10,688 teams that turned out for the tournament's first trip to Albuquerque in 2000, and third among non-Reno years.

USBC News

11/14/07

2008 USBC Open Championships extended

2008USBCOCLogo_small.jpg With the entry deadline for the 2008 USBC Open Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., still more than a month away and team reservations coming in at a steady pace, it has been decided that the tournament will be extended by eight days to allow room for additional teams. The tournament, now scheduled to run for 143 days at the Albuquerque Convention Center, will begin on Feb. 16, 2008 and conclude on July 7, 2008. The final day for team competition will be July 6. So far, 11,642 teams are scheduled to bowl.

United States

07/03/07

Record holders now champions at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

2007USBCOCLogo_small.jpg After nearly two months of waiting to see if their 1,544 record total would hold up, first-time participant Jonathan Masur of West Orange, N.J., and Jeffrey Butler of Garfield, N.J., now are officially the Regular Doubles champions at the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The event concluded its 135-day run Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. The pair toppled the four-year-old doubles record of 1,540 set by Derek Sapp of Keokuk, Iowa, (857) and Sean Rash of Anchorage, Alaska, (683) in 2003.

United States

06/30/07

Big changes on tap for USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

2007USBCOCLogo_small.jpg As a compliment to 104 years of tradition, the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships prides itself on showcasing the latest technologies available to the bowling industry, and there are a few changes in store for the tournament in the coming years. The 2008 event at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M., will mark the return of a special side tournament that will be conducted on a 12-lane setup adjacent to the 48 lane installation being used for the USBC Open Championships.

United States

06/27/07

Sport Bowling on horizon for USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

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The United States Bowling Congress Open Championships is built on 104 years of history and tradition and exemplifies integrity and competition, while providing its participants with a unique and enjoyable experience. Challenging lane conditions always have been a staple at the USBC Open Championships and have added to the prestige that comes with beating out more than 60,000 competitors for a title on the tournament lanes.

United States

06/26/07

Pennsylvania bowler perfect at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

2007USBCOCLogo_small.jpg Although the environment at the USBC Open Championships is unlike anything else in the sport, it still wasn't enough to rattle Josh Malanoski of Whitaker, Pa., who rolled a 300 game on the tournament lanes Sunday. After finishing doubles with 147, his lowest game of the tournament, the 25-year-old right-hander switched lanes for singles and immediately moved left on the approach. The decision proved to be a good one, as he opened singles with 12 consecutive strikes for the 27th perfect game of this year's event.

United States

06/24/07

Virginia bowler in top 10 at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

2007USBCOCLogo_small.jpg Many bowlers enjoy successful careers at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but never experience the pressure of perfection or being on the verge of a title on the tournament lanes. Chuck Vogt of Chesapeake, Va., had the opportunity to experience both in only his third tournament appearance. The 31-year-old right-hander opened his singles set with 10 consecutive strikes before a 4-pin ended his run at perfection and left him with a 288 start at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Friday night.

United States

06/21/07

Milestone 300 propels accomplished team into top five at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

2007USBCOCTeamUSA_small.jpg Led by two-time U.S. Amateur champion Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, who rolled the 600th perfect game in tournament history on the way to an 801 series, Team USA of Chicago made a run at the top of the leaderboard at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Tuesday night. The star-studded group posted games of 1,097, 1,077 and 1,168 and moved into fifth place in Regular Team with a 3,342 total.

United States

06/19/07

Georgia bowler follows in teammate's footsteps at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

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Last year, Samuel Murray of Toccoa, Ga., watched his doubles partner and longtime friend, Kirby Lomax of Gainesville, Ga., take home the Classified All-Events title at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and he must have picked up a few tricks because he now is the one leading the same category at this year's event. 

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