USBC Open Championships

United States

04/11/12

Three-time titlist leads team into top spot in All Events at USBC Open Championships

Jones joins 50-Year Club; Hanson rolls the ninth 300 game

2012USBCOCLodgeLanesToo_small.jpgThree-time champion John Gaines led Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., into the top spot in Team All-Events with a 9,744 total at the 2012 USBC Open Championships on April 4. Five Horsemen of Racine, Wis., previously held the lead with 9,731. Gaines, a back-to-back Team All-Events winner in 1997 and 1998 as well as the 1998 Regular Singles champion, set the pace for Lodge Lanes Too with a 1,994 all-events total at the Baton Rouge River Center.

United States

04/04/12

Wisconsin bowler rolls first 800 series of 2012 USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCHenryTeetzIII_small.jpgHenry Teetz III (pictured left) of West Allis, Wis., calmly threw three of the best shots of his USBC Open Championships career to cap off the first 800 series of the 2012 event and claim the Regular Singles lead at the Baton Rouge River Center on April 1. The 40-year-old right-hander struck 21 times in his final 24 shots to grab the top spot with games of 232, 279 and 289 for 800 on the nose. Andrew Kleutgen of Wild Rose, Wis., previously held the lead with 785.

United States

03/28/12

New doubles leaders emerge at USBC Open Championships

Classified Division gets new all-events and team leaders

2012USBCOCHughMillerAdamBarta_small.jpgAdam Barta of Girard, Ohio, and Hugh Miller (pictured r-l) of Mercer Island, Wash., took the Regular Doubles lead at the USBC Congress Open Championships with a 1,429 total at the Baton Rouge River Center on March 22. Barta started the night with games of 235 and 204 before calmly stepping up in the final frame of doubles and firing three clutch strikes for a 279 finish and 718 series. Miller added games of 269, 209 and 233 for a 711 set.

United States

03/22/12

Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. celebrates 65 years at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCBillLillard65_small.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. (pictured) of Houston added another milestone to his resume when he made his 65th consecutive USBC Open Championships appearance at the Baton Rouge River Center on March 19. The 84-year-old right-hander is the event's active pinfall leader with 120,015 and posted a 1,489 all-events total to inch closer to career pinfall leader and fellow Hall of Famer Joe Norris, who knocked over 123,770 pins n a record-tying 71 tournament appearances.

United States

03/14/12

Two bowlers celebrate 50 years at USBC Open Championships

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Joseph Egofske of Monee, Ill., and Don Larson of Fort Dodge, Iowa, (pictured l-r) didn't know each other before their team event at the USBC Open Championships on March 8, but they now share a spot in tournament history as each celebrated 50 years on the tournament lanes. Egofske was the first to make the ceremonial march down Center Aisle at the Baton Rouge River Center as he became the 144th bowler in 109 years of competition to reach the milestone. Larson wasn't far behind.

United States

03/07/12

Teamwork helps Wisconsin team into top spot at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCNicholasJsProShop2_small.jpgNicholas J's Pro Shop 2 and Nicholas J's Pro Shop of La Crosse, Wis., relied on years of bowling together in college and league to help them into the top two spots in Regular Team at the USBC Open Championships on March 5. Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 (pictured) rolled games of 1,115, 1,165 and 1,121 for a 3,401 total, while its companion team, made up entirely of first-time participants, had 953, 1,098 and 1,153 for 3,204.

United States

02/29/12

First-timer Michael Daniels takes Regular Singles lead at USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCMichaelDaniels_small.jpg2012USBCOCJoelFee_small.jpgMichael Daniels (l.) of Slidell, La., enjoyed a memorable debut at the USBC Open Championships on Feb. 23 as he cruised into the Regular Singles lead at the Baton Rouge River Center.. The 47-year-old right-hander achieved 30 clean frames on the way to a 734 series Two days later, 31-year-old Joel Fee (r.) of Pella, Iowa, found his way into the top spot in Classified Singles with a 655 series.

United States

02/28/12

USBC, Baton Rouge Mayor host charity event

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Baton Rouge has been a gracious host for the 2012 USBC Open Championships, and the event had the chance to make a lasting impact on the local community by helping to raise more than $30,000 for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on Friday night. After a short day of tournament competition, the venue was opened to more than 350 bowlers and guests for the Mayor's Celebrity Bowling Challenge to Strike Out Hunger, which generated enough money to serve more than 150,000 meals locally.

United States

02/22/12

109th United States Bowling Congress Open Championships underway

Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., USA (Feb. 11 - July 10, 2012)

2012USBCOCEdSeligaProShop_small.jpgThe 2012 USBC Open Championships has started in Baton Rouge, La., and the first of more than 60,000 bowlers have left their marks on the 109th edition of the tournament. Ed Seliga of Kenosha, Wis., turned in a memorable performance and left the Baton Rouge River Center as the leader in every Regular Division event. He and his Seliga's Pro Shop teammates (pictured) still own the top spot in Team (3,042), Singles (719), All-Events (1,969) and Team All-Events (9,020).

United States

02/17/12

Special Olympics joins USBC Open Championships for 22nd year

2012USBCOCSpecialOlympics2_small.jpgFor more than two decades, the United States Bowling Congress and Special Olympics have teamed up to provide a one-of-a-kind bowling experience to athletes from across the United States, and that partnership continued this week at the Baton Rouge River Center. Nearly 350 bowlers from 15 states made the trip to Baton Rouge to compete in the Special Olympics National Unified Tournament, an event that has shared the stage with the USBC Open Championships every year since 1991.

United States

02/12/12

2012 USBC Open Championships kicks off in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La. (Feb. 11 - July 10, 2012)

2012USBCOCJoeBowler_small.jpgWith Mardi Gras floats cruising through the streets just outside of the Baton Rouge River Center, the first of more than 60,000 bowlers paraded down Center Aisle at the 2012 USBC Open Championships on Saturday. The Louisiana State University Tiger Girls, LSU's mascot, Mike the Tiger, and the Krewe of Artemis helped usher in the first 40 teams of the year and entertained a crowd of hundreds, kicking off the 151-day event in style.

USBC News

02/04/12

Schedule, registration changes for 2013 USBC Open Championships

USBCLogow_small.jpgWhen the USBC Open Championships returns to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., in 2013, the storied tournament will have changes designed to improve the event and ease of registration. First, the tournament's daily schedule will be adjusted to allow for fresh oil for all squads. Second, an enhanced online registration system will allow captains to enter and change their team information at any time,as payments are made. Also beginning in 2013, each event will cost $55 per bowler.

United States

12/22/11

Showcase lanes newest addition to USBC Open Championships

2012USBCOCLogo_small.jpg Bowlers headed to the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in Baton Rouge, La., will have the opportunity to practice on the same oil pattern and lane surface being featured on the main tournament lanes at the Baton Rouge River Center. In addition to the 48 lanes that will be constructed on the ground floor of the River Center for the USBC Open Championships, USBC will build four showcase lanes on the venue's second level.

United States

12/15/11

Baton Rouge welcomes 2012 USBC Open Championships

Nearly 60,000 bowlers to participate in the 151-day tournament from Feb. 11 to July 10

2012USBCOCBatonRougeRiverCenter_small.jpgWith help from Mayor Kip Holden, construction on the venue that will be home to the 2012 USBC Open Championships got underway in Baton Rouge, La., on Wednesday. Holden helped snap the official string line and turned over the keys to the Baton Rouge River Center as dignitaries, supporters and media got their final look at the empty convention center before construction crews turn it into a state-of-the-art bowling stadium.

United States

11/02/11

VIP package available for USBC Open Championships bowlers

Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La. (Feb. 11 - July 9, 2012)

2012USBCOCLogo_small.jpgBowlers headed to the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in Baton Rouge, La., will have the chance to be treated like Mardi Gras royalty if they take advantage of the tournament's new VIP program. The USBC Open Championships VIP package includes several gifts, discounts and other features combined into one great deal that can be purchased exclusively on BOWL.com for just $199.95.

USBC News

09/10/11

El Paso to host USBC Open Championships in 2015

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The 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships is headed to El Paso, Texas (pictured), marking the first time in a decade the tournament will travel to a brand new host city. The 2015 event will be the 112th edition of the USBC Open Championships, which has been held in 48 cities in 26 states since its inception in 1901. The last time the tournament ventured to a new city was 2005, when it was held in Baton Rouge, La., also its first visit to Louisiana.

United States

06/29/11

Oregon bowler fires milestone 300 at USBC Open Championships

2011USBCOCMichaelBarber_small.jpgMichael Barber (pictured left) of Gresham, Ore., has enjoyed bowling success at the local and state level, and he experienced a breakout performance at the USBC Open Championships on June 26 that earned him a special place in the tournament record books. The 49-year-old left-hander got off to a slow start this year at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., but found his rhythm in singles. He opened with a 227 game before stringing together 12 consecutive strikes for the 51st perfect game of the 2011 tournament and the 750th in 108 years of USBC Open Championships competition.

United States

06/22/11

Four bowlers roll perfect games at USBC Open Championships in Reno

2011USBCOCDJDaniels_small.jpgFour bowlers rolled perfect games at the USBC Open Championships this week, bringing this year's total to 47, which ranks fourth in 108 years of competition. D.J. Daniels (pictured) of Mason, Ohio, was the first to get the job done, and the experience of getting close to perfection before helped him finish things off this time. In 2005, Daniels started a game with nine strikes before a 10 pin ended his run. On June 17, he kept his cool and calmly delivered three strikes in the 10th frame for the 44th perfect game of the 2011 USBC Open Championships.


United States

06/16/11

First-timer rolls 800 series, moves into second in Regular Singles at USBC Open Championships

2011USBCOCKristopherPrather_small.jpgKristopher Prather (pictured) of Milton, Fla., shot 300 in the first game of his adult bowling career last August, and he continued his trend of dramatic debuts with an 800 series in his first appearance at the USBC Open Championships this week. The 19-year-old right-hander rolled nine consecutive games of 200 or better and improved with each set he bowled, shooting 649 in team and 689 in doubles before making a run at the Regular Singles lead June 13.

United States

06/08/11

Florida's Michael Moore shoots record-breaking 11th 800 series at USBC Open Championships

Six bowlers roll perfect games at National Bowling Stadium

2011USBCOCMichaelMoore_small.jpgMichael Moore (pictured) of Orlando, Fla., flirted with a spot in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships record books when he rolled a 297 game during the 2009 event in Las Vegas, and two years later, he finally solidified his place in history with an 802 series on the championship lanes June 4. Moore registered the record-breaking 11th 800 series of the 2011 Open Championships, which marked the most in a single tournament.

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