USBC Open Championships

United States

05/15/06

Defending champions bowl well, but won't repeat at 2006 USBC Open Championships

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

2006USBCOpenKRStrikeForce_small.jpg Tom Adcock of Decatur, Ill., and his KR Strikeforce teammates knew that based on history, the odds weren't in their favor to repeat as Regular Team champions at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but they savored their moment as defending champions and put on a respectable showing Saturday at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall.


United States

05/14/06

Texan finishes just shy of All-Events lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2006USBCOpenKellyRay_small.jpg Kelly Ray of Arlington, Texas was clean in 86 of 90 frames on the way to becoming just the second bowler this year to shoot at least 700 in team, doubles and singles, but his 2,179 all-events total wasn't enough to catch Dave Mitchell of Farmington, Minn., who leads in Regular All-Events with 2,189.

United States

05/13/06

Illinois team moves into second place at USBC Open Championships

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

2006USBCOpenBowlersUniverse1_small.jpg Just a few weeks after severely injuring his left knee, Tom Carter helped Bowlers Universe 1 of Rockford, Ill., into second place in Regular Team at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.  Carter bowled through the pain and helped the group to games of 1,090, 1,217 and 1,165 for a 3,472 team total at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall on Thursday.

United States

05/12/06

Defending champions hope for repeat this weekend at USBC Open Championships

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

2005ABCTScottCraddock_small.jpg Scott Craddock of Wichita Falls, Texas always dreamed about what it would be like to take home a coveted eagle, the trophy given to the tournament champions, and last year that dream came true. Craddock claimed the Regular All-Events crown at the 2005 event in Baton Rouge, La. (pictured), with a 2,131 total, and this weekend he'll look to become the first bowler in the 103-year history of the tournament to successfully defend an individual all-events title.


United States

05/11/06

Hosting USBC Events takes time, dedication and preparation for hopeful cities

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

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg Hosting a United States Bowling Congress Open or Women's Championships requires years of preparation and a city-wide cooperative effort. During its 143-day run from Feb. 11 until July 3, more than 63,000 bowlers from all 50 states and four foreign countries will have converged on the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall in Corpus Christi, Texas, for the 2006 Open Championships.




United States

05/10/06

Former pro uses USBC Open Championships to prepare for comeback

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

Ken Muscato.jpg In November, Ken Muscato of Canandaigua, N.Y., jumped back into the national spotlight when he finished fourth at the United States Bowling Congress Masters. This week, he was hoping to test his skills and find similar success at the USBC Open Championships. The 40-year-old lefty, who was a regular face in the Professional Bowlers Association from 1990-96, gave up the tour life to spend more time with his family.

United States

05/08/06

Senior duo finds success at USBC Open Championships

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

2006USBCOpenWeltzienSkidmore_small.jpg Gary Skidmore of Albuquerque, N.M., and John Weltzien of Wellington, Fla., moved into fifth place in Regular Doubles with 1,425 Sunday morning at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall. Pat McGainey Jr. of Baltimore and Brian Bennett of Lewes, Del., lead with 1,496.

United States

05/07/06

Arizona bowler overcomes adversity, reaches milestone at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (March 16 - July 2, 2006)

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg When Anthony Alagna of Mesa, Ariz., made his way to the front of the squad room Thursday to accept his plaque for participating in his 25th USBC Open Championships, he was surrounded by loved ones and celebrating a milestone he never expected to reach. The 69-year-old right-hander made his first Open Championships appearance at the 1971 event in Detroit and was a dedicated participant until an accidental fall shortly after his 1989 appearance left him paralyzed and restricted to a wheelchair.

United States

05/06/06

Wise words help Michigan bowler find success at USBC Open Championships

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

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg At the insistence of the late Dan Ottman of Troy, Mich., a two-time champion at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, Chris Damon of Kimball, Mich., made his first tournament appearance at the 2003 event in Knoxville, Tenn. At the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall on Thursday night, Damon posted a performance that Ottman would have been proud of, shooting 299 in his final game of singles.

United States

05/04/06

Recently inducted Hall of Famers make emotional trip to USBC Open Championships

Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

2006USBCOpenRickand RonPollard_small.jpg Shortly after making his 30th appearance at the USBC Open Championships, Ron Pollard (right) of Versailles, Ind., sat next to his brother Rick and had tears in his eyes as he contemplated his bowling future. For years, Ron has been battling the yips, a neurological disorder historically known to affect long-time golfers, but also has been found in baseball players, surgeons, dentists and musicians.

United States

05/03/06

Perfect game helps California duo into top five at USBC Open Championships

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

2006USBCOpenBobbyHuckaby_small.jpg After making some careful but quick adjustments, Bobby Huckaby (pictured) of Santa Cruz, Calif., logged the 21st perfect game of the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Huckaby opened his doubles event with games of 217 and 208 before closing the set out with 12 consecutive strikes for 300 and 725. His partner, Aaron Pawloski of Volcano, Calif., added 695 to catapult the tandem into fifth place in Regular Doubles with 1,420.

United States

05/02/06

New Hampshire bowler reaches milestone in return to USBC Open Championships

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

2006USBCOpenJosephScott_small.jpg Joseph Scott of Pelham, N.H., was supposed to celebrate his 30th trip to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships at the 2005 event in Baton Rouge, La., but he never made it to the Baton Rouge River Center. After receiving his overdue honor at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Scott posted 580 in singles, 574 in team and 495 in doubles for a 1,649 all-events total.

United States

05/01/06

Illinois bowler makes 50th trip to USBC Open Championships

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

2006USBCOpenCarlJohansson_small.jpg Carl Johansson of St. Charles, Ill., made his 50th appearance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Saturday and his teammates went out of their way to make it special. To celebrate the occasion, the group wore bright yellow shirts with custom commemorative emblems sewn on the chest and changed the team name to Carl is Golden in honor of Johansson's milestone.

United States

04/30/06

Minnesota bowler storms into lead at USBC Open Championships

Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

2006USBCOpenDaveMitchell_small.jpg Dave Mitchell of Farmington, Minn., shot 780 in the team event and added 757 in singles and 652 in doubles to move into the lead in Regular All-Events at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with 2,189. Shane Keefauver of Canton, Ill., previously held the lead with 2,171.


United States

04/29/06

Washington team settles into third place at USBC Open Championships

Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg Only a handful of the 63,000 participants of the USBC Open Championships will feel the pressure of needing a big game to make a run for the lead this year, but that type of situation is not usually one the bowlers can imagine or prepare for. After games of 1,173 and 1,188 Thursday night, The Benik Corporation of Silverdale Wash., had a chance at the lead in Regular Team, but finished with 1,041 and moved into third place with 3,402.

United States

04/28/06

Ohio team drives into lead at USBC Open Championships

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

2006USBCOpenBrowningPontiac_small.jpg Browning Pontiac of Cincinnati was firing on all cylinders Wednesday night as it drove into the Regular Team lead at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The team showed everyone that consistency might be the best way to the top by posting games of 1,169, 1,161 and 1,166 for a 3,496 set, the third highest total in 103 years of tournament competition.


United States

04/27/06

2006 USBC Open Championships reaches halfway point in Corpus Christi

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg On Feb. 11, the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships began its 143-day run in Corpus Christi, Texas. On Thursday, the event will reach its halfway point as the number of bowlers who have competed on the tournament lanes at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall surpasses 31,000. The city has been welcoming and local businesses have proven they're ready for the 63,000 bowlers who are expected to converge on the city before the tournament's July 3 closing date.

United States

04/26/06

It's all about the shoes for California bowler at USBC Open Championships

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

Gary Hulsenburg.jpg With a brand new ball, custom bowling shoes and a little help from his fiancee, Gary Hulsenberg of Elk Grove, Calif., closed out his team event just short of perfection Sunday at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. The 38-year-old right-hander posted games of 220 and 255 before stringing together 11 consecutive strikes. His final shot left only the 4-9 split for the fifth 298 game of this year's event and a 773 series.

United States

04/24/06

Former PWBA standout Liz Johnson posts record score at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (March 16 - July 2, 2006)

Liz Johnson.jpg Just days after being announced as the Professional Bowlers Association East Region Rookie of the Year, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., turned in a record performance at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. With 736 in team, 696 in doubles and 685 in singles, Johnson's 2,117 all-events total is the highest ever posted by a woman at the Open Championships.

United States

04/23/06

Michigan bowler gets unusual look at USBC Open Championships

Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

2006USBCOpenLogo_small.jpg Clark Stone of Wixom, Mich., has gathered quite a collection of stories during his 34 years of competition at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, but his 2006 tournament experience has been the most unique. This winter, Stone was vacationing with his wife on a RiverBarge Excursion, a floating adventure along America's waterways, and one of the several stops along the way was in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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