USBC Open Championships

United States

06/09/06

Planning ahead pays off for New Mexico bowler at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenRobertDillman_small.jpg Robert Dillman of Albuquerque, N.M., came to the 2006 USBC Open Championships with a plan that had been in the works for months, and it paid off Thursday as he moved into sixth place in Regular All-Events. The 44-year-old left-hander downloaded and studied the graph of the Open Championships lane pattern and used reports from friends and the USBCopen.com message boards to come up with an idea of how he would like to play the lanes when he finally got his chance to compete.


United States

06/08/06

Even surgery can't keep Georgia bowler from USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenJamesRoark_small.jpg Having a long and successful career at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships often takes heart and dedication, and for James Roark of Calhoun, Ga., both recently were tested.

United States

06/06/06

Louisiana team overcomes adversity to compete in USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLewisAC_small.jpg With last year's devastation still fresh in the minds of many bowlers, a new hurricane season is now underway. Many teams, including Lewis Air Conditioning of Slidell, La., have not yet fully recovered, but still found a way to make the trip to the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

United States

06/05/06

Arkansas bowler celebrates milestone at 2006 USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenGeorgeHarry_small.jpg George Harry of Midway, Ark., grinned as he marched down the center aisle at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and he was greeted by a standing ovation that included friends and family. Making his 50th Open Championships appearance was a milestone worth celebrating.


United States

06/04/06

Sport Bowling helps bowlers improve, stay sharp for USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg Steve Swaim of Amarillo, Texas, attributes his continued improvement and recent success to hard work, dedication and the United States Bowling Congress Sport Bowling program. Since the Professional Women's Bowling Association ceased operations in 2003, long-time pro Jan Schmidt of Rochelle, Ill., has used the challenge of Sport Bowling to remain at the top of her game.


United States

06/03/06

Missouri bowler is perfect at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg Even a late start couldn't rattle Keith Cooley of Joplin, Mo., who posted the 26th perfect game of the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Thursday at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall. Cooley's 8:30 p.m. team squad didn't actually hit the lanes until after 11 p.m., but the wait didn't slow the 42-year-old right-hander, who started the night with 211 before stringing together 12 consecutive strikes for his third career 300 game.

United States

06/02/06

New Mexico bowler slides into top 10 after rain delay at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpgWhen more than 11 inches of rain fell on the Corpus Christi area overnight, ending a recent drought, a portion of the American Bank convention center roof could not handle the surge and bowlers on Wednesday's final squad were greeted with a soggy surprise, as water poured onto some of the tournament's 48 lanes.

United States

06/01/06

Kansas team back in top at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenCardinalLanes_small.jpg During the five years they've bowled together at the USBC Open Championships, Gary Boxberger of Hoisington, Kan., and his Cardinal Lanes teammates have enjoyed continued success at the annual event. The group came to Corpus Christi, Texas, looking to build on last year's fourth place finish in Classified Team, and although they fell just short, they managed to find their way back into the top 10 with a 2,740 team total.

United States

05/31/06

Former NFL star makes debut at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenMarkMaddox_small.jpg After a 10-year career in the National Football League, Mark Maddox of Scottsdale, Ariz., became a rookie all over again when he made his first appearance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Friday. Maddox, 38, first set out on the lanes as a youngster in the Milwaukee area and continued bowling with family and friends throughout his high school and college days, but he devoted all of his time to football after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1991.

United States

05/30/06

Tennessee tandem cracks top 10, shares secrets to success at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg Mike Friedman of Adams, Tenn., and Tony Szeluga of Clarksville, Tenn., often work closely off the lanes, but Friedman usually is the boss. But on the lanes at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall on Monday, it was Szeluga who took charge as the pair combined to shoot 1,413 and moved into eighth place in Regular Doubles at the 2006 USBC Open Championships.

United States

05/29/06

Texas bowler moves into second place in Regular All-Events at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg Aaron Walsh of Amarillo, Texas, hasn't been to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships since 1998, but decided to use the 2006 event as his personal welcome back party. Walsh shot 753 in singles, 735 in team and 692 in doubles to move into second place in Regular All-Events with 2,180. Dave Mitchell of Farmington, Minn., leads with 2,189.


United States

05/28/06

Pennsylvania bowler just shy of Singles lead at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenMichaelChontos_small.jpg Michael Chontos of Finleyville, Pa., always will remember the sting of the unwavering 9-pin that kept him from the top spot in Regular Singles at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Chontos opened with games of 266 and 289 and needed the first strike in his final frame, but the 9-pin wouldn't budge. He picked up the spare and struck on the fill ball to finish with 236 and a 791 series and settled into third place.

United States

05/27/06

Superstar family finally arrives at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenBarnesFamily_small.jpg After juggling a hectic travel schedule, star bowlers Lynda and Chris Barnes, along with twin four-year-old sons Ryan and Troy, were finally able to make it to the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships this week. Lynda originally was scheduled to bowl more than  a month ago, but an invitation to compete in England with Chris forced her to reschedule.


United States

05/26/06

Hard work pays off for Nebraska bowler at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenDavidWilliams_small.jpg David Williams Jr. of Omaha, Neb., a 10-year member of the Professional Bowlers Association, moved into sixth place in Regular Singles at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Williams fired games of 267, 279 and 237 for 783 series at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall on Wednesday night. Dave Barker of Springfield, Ill., leads with 793.

United States

05/24/06

Pennsylvania bowler looks to continue recent success at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg In June of 2004, Jeffrey McKinley of Fairview, Pa., fell off the roof of his home while cleaning out the gutters and was told that his bowling career was probably over. Now two years later, the 47-year-old plumber is back at full strength and enjoying the best year of his bowling career. 

United States

05/22/06

Washington bowler enjoys perfect trip to USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg Dave Sobie of Tacoma, Wash., will receive a plaque and award ring for rolling the 25th perfect game of the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. That ring, however, will not be the most memorable one of his yearly trip.


United States

05/20/06

Illinois duo takes Classified Doubles lead at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg After 97 days of competition at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, more than 41,000 bowlers have proven that there are endless ways to be successful on the lanes this year. On Friday morning, David Clauss of Chicago carried a crossover strike on his first shot of doubles and decided to aim there for the entire three games. The decision paid off as he teamed up with Robert Tukker of Mount Prospect, Ill., to take the lead in Classified Doubles with 1,248.

United States

05/18/06

Two-handed bowler moves toward head of the class at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenCassidySchaub_small.jpg Just a few hours after receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice, Cassidy Schaub of Polk, Ohio, who uses an unorthodox, two-handed delivery to throw with maximum speed and rotation, posted 736 in singles, 695 in team and 694 in doubles for a 2,125 all-events total Monday, but missed the top 10 at the USBC Open Championships by five pins.

United States

05/17/06

Defending All-Events champion enjoys experience, but won't repeat at 2006 USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2005ABCTScottCraddock_small.jpg In the 103-year history of the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, no one has ever defended an individual all-events title. This year, Scott Craddock of Allen, Texas (archive picture), found out why. In addition to the high expectations he set for himself and the pressure of being the defending champion, all eyes were on Craddock when he was introduced and saw the orange eagle next to his name on scoreboard for the very first time.

United States

05/16/06

Three-time champion still rolling at USBC Open Championships

American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg Just one week after being inducted into the Minnesota State Bowling Association Hall of Fame, Glen Olson of Boulder City, Nev., made his 49th Open Championships appearance and is looking forward to reaching the 50-year mark next year in Reno, Nev. Bowling in just his second Open Championships, Josh Montgomery of Goleta, Calif., rolled the 23rd perfect game of this year's event.

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