USBC Open Championships

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Defending champions make run, but won't repeat at USBC Open Championships

2011USBCOCNorthernLanesProShop_small.jpgBo Goergen (l.) of Sanford, Mich., has enjoyed a long career at the USBC Open Championships, and he has gotten better with age and experience. In 2009, he made his way into the spotlight when he rolled an 862 series, the highest set in tournament history, and claimed the Regular Singles title. A year later, he shared that winning feeling with his teammates as he helped Northern Lanes Pro Shop of Midland, Mich. (pictured), to the 2010 Team All-Events crown.

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Record team game lifts Wisconsin group into lead at USBC Open Championships

New Regular Doubles leaders emerge in Reno

2011USBCOCTurbo2N1Grips1_small.jpg 2011USBCOCBrandonTarabekChadReiffer_small.jpgTurbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis. (l.), rolled the highest team game in 108 years of USBC Open Championships history on the way into the Regular Team lead with a 3,473 total May 20. Chad Reiffer of Kentwood, Mich., and Brandon Tarabek (right, r-l) of Grand Rapids, Mich.,took the lead in Regular Doubles with 1,497.

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Florida bowler joins 50-Year Club at USBC Open Championships

25th and 26th perfect games rolled at National Bowling Stadium

2011USBCOCCarloSimonelli_small.jpgCarlo Simonelli (pictured) of Brooksville, Fla., became the 140th bowler in 108 years of United States Bowling Congress Open Championships competition to make 50 tournament appearances when he marched down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on May 13. The 78-year-old right-hander made his tournament debut at the 1960 event in Toledo, Ohio, and only has missed two events since.

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New Team All-Events leader at USBC Open Championships

Live streaming on continues May 11 at 11:30 p.m. EDT

2011USBCOCKKBowlingServices5_small.jpgThe members of K & K Bowling Services 5 of Las Vegas (pictured) catapulted into the Team All-Events lead at the USBC Open Championships May 7. The group rebounded from a mediocre team performance (3,163) and averaged 233.9 in Doubles and 240.7 in Singles to take the top spot with a 10,283 total. Mike Malinick of Garden Grove, Calif., Michael Cave, of Hopewell, Va., and Branden Baird of Phoenix rolled 300 games at the National Bowling Stadium this week.

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Linds Lakers back on top at USBC Open Championships

2011USBCOCLindsLakers1_small.jpgFor the second consecutive year, Linds Lakers 1 of Minneapolis (pictured) walked out of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., with the lead in Team All-Events at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. Last year, the team finished in second place, 97 pins short of a third Team All-Events title since 2002. The group also came up short in team with another runner-up finish. The 2002 and 2006 champion had a 10,076 total.

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West Coast bowlers take doubles lead at USBC Open Championships

There will be two live streaming broadcasts this week

2011USBCOCErikHohlbeinShawnCopeland_small.jpgErik Hohlbein (l.) of Renton, Wash., used a perfect game to help vault him and Shawn Copeland (r.) of Milwaukie, Ore., into the Regular Doubles lead at the USBC Open Championships on April 24. Bowling doubles together on the championship lanes for the first time, the duo had a 1,466 total to overtake Charles Surina of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Bill Guszczo of Orland Park, Ill. (1,447). Hohlbein had games of 258, 236 and 300 for a 794 series, while Copeland added 201, 276 and 195 for 672.

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Iowa bowler sets mark with 806 and 826 series

Becomes first bowler in Open Championships history to roll two 800s in the same year

2011USBCOCMattWeggen_small.jpgMatt Weggen (l.) of Muscatine, Iowa, had a record-setting performance on April 19 to move into the lead in both Regular Singles and Regular All-Events at the 2011 USBC Open Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Making his 10th tournament appearance, the 31-year-old right-hander started his day with an 806 series in doubles, rolling games of 269, 258 and 279. He then posted games of 279, 290 and 257 for an 826 series in singles to move past previous leader Edward Rede (814) of El Paso, Texas.

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Florida team wins shootout at National Bowling Stadium

Two highest team scores rolled in National Bowling Stadium history

2011USBCOCBrianBrazeauProShop_small.jpgThree teams battled for the Regular Team lead at the USBC Open Championships on April 9, and the showdown produced the two highest team scores rolled in seven visits to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Brian Brazeau Pro Shop of Ocala, Fla., (pictured) claimed the top spot with a 3,439 effort, followed closely by Cambridge 1 of Feeding Hills, Mass., with 3,410. The third contender, Pam's Boys 1 of Salem, Ore., settled into fourth place with 3,371. 

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New Yorkers sneak into Regular Team lead at USBC Open Championships

2011USBCOCStrikeSynergy_small.jpgThere have been a lot of challengers in the Regular Team event at the USBC Open Championships this week, but Strike Synergy of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., was the first team to finish the job and claim the top spot in the standings. On April 4, anchor bowler Pat Donaghue stepped up in the 10th frame to give his team the lead. He calmly delivered two clutch strikes and seven pins for a 3,254 total, five pins better than previous leader, Professional Image Center 1 of Wichita, Kan.

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Lead changes in Team, All Events and Doubles at USBC Open Championships

Two bowlers reach 50 years of participation

2011USBCOCKellyBonta_small.jpgKelly Bonta (pictured) of Wichita, Kan., had a memorable weekend at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships as he found his way to the top of the leaderboard in Regular Team and Regular All-Events. The 45-year-old right-hander rolled a 719 series to help Professional Image Center 1 to a 3,249 total March 26 and returned the next day with 747 in doubles and 711 in singles for a 2,177 all-events effort at the National Bowling Stadium. Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., previously held the lead with 2,164.

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New leaders emerge in Singles and Doubles at USBC Open Championships

Championships will feature 12,837 five-player teams

2011USBCOCEdwardRede_small.jpgEdward Rede (pictured) of El Paso, Texas, was hesitant about leaving his family to compete at the 2011 USBC Open Championships, but knowing they were home watching on the tournament's webcams made him much more comfortable on the lanes. Rede's mother watched intently and relayed frame-by-frame updates to his wife, Solanja, and he definitely didn't disappoint his fans as he charged into the Regular Singles lead with games of 258, 299 and 257 for an 814 series at the National Bowling Stadium on March 18.

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Nebraska bowler raises bar in Regular All-Events

2011USBCOCJoelCarlson_small.jpgJoel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., wasted no time knocking off the new all-events leader at the USBC Open Championships, and he now sits atop the Regular All-Events standings with a 2,164 total. The 49-year-old right-hander used a 768 singles set to surge into the lead at the National Bowling Stadium on the morning of March 14. He added 709 in doubles and 687 in team to surpass Ken Duffield of Madison, Wis., who shot 2,120 late the night before.

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Florida bowler's 800 series highlights opening week at USBC Open Championships

2011USBCOCStephenSutphin_small.jpgIf the first few days of the 2011 USBC Open Championships are any indication, this year's event at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., is sure to be full of exciting moments. A high-energy opening ceremony on March 4 welcomed the first of more than 12,600 teams, and the pins immediately started falling. The first bowlers to hit the lanes set the bar high. Steve Sutphin (pictured) of Howey in the Hills, Fla., posted the first honor score of the year with games of 290, 289 and 248 for an 827 series in doubles on March 6.

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2011 USBC Open Championships kicks off at National Bowling Stadium

2011NationalBowlingStadiumReno_small.jpgFor the 108th time, the USBC Open Championships is underway, and more than 650 bowlers helped usher in the 2011 event at the National Bowling Stadium on Friday. The bleachers and VIP booths at the 78-lane Stadium were filled with family members, friends and dignitaries. Reno mayor Bob Cashell, and Sparks mayor Geno Martini took part in the opening festivities, which also included the traditional Mass Ball Shot, ribbon cutting and the crowning of Joe Bowler.

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Special Olympics celebrates 21st year as prelude to USBC Open Championships

2011USBCOCSpecialOlympicsTournament_small.jpgZachary Taylor of Beemer, Neb., may have been nervous about his first appearance at the Special Olympics National Unified Bowling Tournament this week, but it didn't show as he calmly threw out the official first ball of the tournament at the National Bowling Stadium on Wednesday. The 17-year-old right-hander helped kick off the event, which highlighted the opening-week festivities at the USBC Open Championships for the 21st consecutive year.

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Live streaming returns to USBC Open Championships

2011USBCOCLogo_small.jpg The 2011 USBC Open Championships is set to begin March 4, and bowling fans again will have the chance to enjoy a busy schedule of live streaming events from the National Bowling Stadium. Live streaming became a part of the USBC Open Championships coverage in 2010 and provided a number of memorable moments from the Stadium's 78 championship lanes. Broadcasts can be viewed on and will feature both team and doubles/singles competition.

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2011 USBC Open Championships lane condition now available

Pattern this year is 41 feet in length and applies 27.35 mils of conditioner per lane

2011USBCOCLogo_small.jpg The start of the 2011 USBC Open Championships is days away, and bowlers who have been curious about this year's oil pattern now can see the condition they'll be facing at the National Bowling Stadium. The tournament kicks off March 4 and will run for 122 consecutive days before concluding on July 3. Competition will run from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. daily, and more than 63,000 bowlers will make their way to The Biggest Little City in the World to compete in Team, Doubles and Singles.



Entry deadlines extended for 2011 USBC Women's and Open Championships

2011USBCOCLogo_small.jpg2011USBCWCLogo_small.jpgTournament season is right around the corner, and it's not too late to be part of the action at the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Women's and Open Championships. The entry deadline for the USBC Women's Championships has been extended to March 1, while USBC Open Championships competitors now will have until March 4 to submit their entries.



Entry deadline extended for 2011 USBC Open Championships at NBS in Reno

Also plenty of spots available for the 2011 USBC Women's Championships in Syracuse, N.Y.


The USBC Open Championships is the can't-miss event for tens of thousands of bowlers each year, and there's still time to be a part of the historic 2011 tournament. The entry deadline has been extended to Jan. 15, so teams not yet entered still have a chance to join the 60,000 bowlers who already have their sights set on a share of the $5 million prize fund. There also are plenty of spots available for bowlers interested in competing in the 2011 USBC Women's Championships in Syracuse, N.Y.



Reno to host USBC Open and Women's Championships in 2013 and 2014

USBCLogow_small.jpgFor the first time in history, the United States Bowling Congress will bring the USBC Open and Women's Championships to the same city simultaneously when Reno, Nev., hosts both events in 2013 and 2014. Plans call for the Open Championships to be held in the National Bowling Stadium, while the Women's Championships will take place in a custom-built arena inside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. USBC plans to develop additional events that will coincide with the two main tournaments in Reno.

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